MASTERS OF RHETORIC


I noted with interest the comments by Martha Burk about Augusta National and the women 
who are risking their lives in the interests of, so our leaders tell us, extending the 
blessings of freedom and equality to all the world.  It does seem a bit ironic that these 
women should be denied at home the equality for which they are fighting.

The spokesman for Augusta National called shame upon Burk for invoking our soldiers 
to further her own ends of self-promotion.  It always makes me shake my head when I 
encounter the brazen gall of some apologist for inequity who calls shame on others when 
his own organization deserves the contempt.  Of course, if he didn't have a full 
supply of gall, he wouldn't be participating in Augusta National's exclusivist policies in 
the first place.  The question of exclusively men's -- or women's -- organizations
will not be settled here, but we can at least deal with the glorified role one of them
plays through the exposure of the Masters -- and the snide rhetoric of Augusta National's
spokesman.  The apologetics have been spectacular in their creativity. 

I suggest that Burk allow her tactics to be informed by the color of the jacket given to the 
Masters winner.  Go after the sponsors.  If her constituents would do as I plan to do  
watch CBS golf broadcasts often enough to find out who is sponsoring them and then 
avoid those sponsors when possible  somebody might get the idea.

I don't mean just at the Masters, though. Augusta National has paid for the whole broadcast 
themselves, so 
no sponsors will lose money.  Of course, they won't sponsor ALL CBS's golf broadcasts
throughout the year, so that card can still be played.  Burk might also consider that 
any player participating 
in this event is lending tacit support to good-old-boy exclusionism.  I believe that all 
players on tour have sponsors.  It might be useful to get out lists of these sponsors as 
well.   Of course, CBS, the PGA, and Augusta National should know about her 
intentions.  Imagine the squealing!   The self-righteous spin-doctoring alone 
should be worth the effort.

Perhaps we could move the golf establishment into the 20th Century.  I think it is about 
time seeing as the rest of us are now in the 21st.