Jun 18, 2014 8:20 PM
Washington D.C. - A conservative group is now getting in the middle of the Washington Redskins fray. Constitutional Rights PAC is launching a national campaign to urge Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to rename the Redskins to "The Washington Tea Party."
The U.S. Patent Office's recent cancelation of the Redskins trademark prompted the conservative organization to get involved in what it calls a politically motivated fight.
Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office stated, "A substantial composite of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be disparaging." In response, Snyder points to multiple surveys showing that a majority of Native Americans support the team's name. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was a Redskins fan as a kid, has defended Snyder and the team's name. The NFL has fought for the Redskins to keep their name, but many believe that the recent actions of the U.S. Patent Office could be the beginning of the end of the Redskins team name.
The Tea Party movement aims to put power in the hands of the people, not in the hands of the government. The movement is made up of Patriots who stand up to government intrusiveness and fight for the principles set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Given the recent events regarding the fight to change the "offensive" Redskins team name, the Tea Party is the perfect representation of the fight of the American people against political correctness and government intrusion.
The decision announced today by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is similar to one it issued in 1999. That ruling was overturned in 2003 in large part on a technicality because the courts decided that the plaintiffs were too old.
The new case was launched in 2006 by a younger group of Native Americans. A hearing was held in March 2013.
Just like last time, the Redskins can retain their trademark protection during a planned appeal.
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