Blogs

America is a lot stronger than a moment

Our leaders can take a few lessons from the sports world
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

In the wake of political garble from Tuesday night, it occured to me to look at where the state of the world is in relation to ... our future. As in, if the students of today watched one of the 24-hour news channels for about 90 minutes (and as a parent of two teenagers I wonder what the Vegas odds would be on that), how would they look at the world they're inheriting from the leaders of today.

What lessons are they getting from politicians, from journalists who dominate national news coverage? What are they getting out of their parents? Their teachers? Their coaches ... if they're lucky to be involved in a sport.

It wouldn't take long for many students to get a handle on the idea that the only thing that matters is winning. You're either a Democrat or a Republican and your side has to win, pretty much at all costs. That those two parties combined make up America - so you're an American above all else - seems to have gotten lost, although these days the significant focus on immigration has made the nation one of Americans and immigrants who are invading the nation illegally.

The supreme focus on winning at all costs is one I cannot think would go very far in the sports world, especially in youth sports. Imagine a football coach telling his players it was okay to injure an opposing player because that would impact that team's ability to win? If there were an assistant coach available, that strategy would get challenged immediately. Players would challenge that, and likely rebel. But, that's essentially a lesson coming from so many leaders, and that's politics and business. Win at all costs.

A "New American Moment" ended up as a catchphrase Tuesday night, but it had exactly zero weight behind it. The new moment is one of collaboration? Teamwork? President Donald Trump has made a name for himself as one of a bully starting with his mantra of never apologizing. Apologies are a sign of weakness, so don't apologize for anything.

A "New American Moment" would start at the top, with the nation's head coach, and it could start with an apology for basic things such as name-calling, from the President. Hillary Clinton. Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. They all should get an apology for the playground names thrown at them. Imagine what a simple round of apologies would do for America? For the world for that matter.

Political leaders of today owe their voters of the future, students in the education system and before, a big apology for allowing the world to veer in directions that are entirely opposite of what they should be getting taught.

Nuclear codes? That's the most basic way to get students to tune out, tell them that America is actually ready to unleash an atomic bomb on another nation. All the education that the adult world has, and it still hasn't figured out there's never going to be a need to drop a nuclear bomb on a city. America apologizes to Japan annually for using atomic bombs to motivate the end of World War II. At least it has in the past.

There's a great source of strength within the sports world, and these are days when that strength is sorely needed by our leaders, both political and business.

Prep Blogs

in
Links to oregonsports bloggers

FALL

FOOTBALL      VOLLEYBALL       BOYS SOCCER      GIRLS SOCCER      CROSS COUNTRY       WATER POLO

 Class 6A             Class 6A                 Class 6A                   Class 6A                    Class 6A                      Class 6A

 Class 5A             Class 5A                 Class 5A                   Class 5A                    Class 5A                      Class 5A

 Class 4A             Class 4A                 Class 4A                   Class 4A                    Class 4A

 Class 3A             Class 3A                 Class 3A                   Class 3A                    Class 3A

 Class 2A             Class 2A

 Class 1A             Class 1A

 

WINTER

BOYS BXB     GIRLS BXB      SWIMMING      WRESTLING         CHEERLEADING

Class 6A            Class 6A          Class 6A             Class 6A              Large Schools

Class 5A            Class 5A          Class 5A             Class 5A              Small Schools

Class 4A            Class 4A          Class 4A             Class 4A

Class 3A            Class 3A                                    Class 3A

Class 2A            Class 2A                                    Class 2A

Class 1A            Class 1A

 

SPRING

BASEBALL       SOFTBALL      TRACK        GOLF       TENNIS      LACROSSE

CLASS 6A         CLASS 6A        CLASS 6A    6A            6A              6A

CLASS 5A         CLASS 5A        CLASS 5A    5A            5A              5A

CLASS 4A         CLASS 4A        CLASS 4A    4A            4A

CLASS 3A         CLASS 3A        CLASS 3A

CLASS 2A         CLASS 2A        CLASS 2A

                                             CLASS 1A

Prep BlogsII

in

FALL

FOOTBALL      VOLLEYBALL       BOYS SOCCER      GIRLS SOCCER      CROSS COUNTRY       WATER POLO

 Class 6A             Class 6A                 Class 6A                   Class 6A                    Class 6A                      Class 6A

 Class 5A             Class 5A                 Class 5A                   Class 5A                    Class 5A                      Class 5A

 Class 4A             Class 4A                 Class 4A                   Class 4A                    Class 4A

 Class 3A             Class 3A                 Class 3A                   Class 3A                    Class 3A

 Class 2A             Class 2A

 Class 1A             Class 1A

 

 

RSS feed