At lunch I was reading New York Times’ William Rhoden’s paean to the late basketball coach, Dean Smith. Instead of focusing on his impact on coaching or his impact on college basketball, Mr. Rhoden was compelled to delve into Smith dancing to the tune of the racial social fabric.
I seldom read Rhoden’s column because of his obsession with social issues, especially his race in sports. However he is not the greatest offender in this regard.
The female columnists in USA Today, such as Christine Brennan, have the same problem focusing on sports through the self-centered prism of their own worldviews.
My advice to them is get a job writing on the editorial page and leave sports to what happens on the court or between the lines.
The sports page used to belong to the games and the performances of athletes. Now it is the fodder for agenda-driven social issues that chase most of us to the comics page.
Sure I like a nice profile on where athletes came from and some of their struggles with diseases, broken homes and the lot but please stick to the games they play.
Just beneath the aforementioned Rhoden column was another offbeat article that was unintentionally laced with a sense of irony that dripped from each word as the story unfolded.
I am talking about Jere Longman’s piece on a unique kind of race that had taken place in Philadelphia a week or so ago. Some 350 people paid from $20-$30 apiece to “run” in a one step race. (Beer and food was also part of the price.) That’s right! The starting and finishing lines are just on stride away. Everyone had the same exact “running” time–one second. Age divisional winners were chosen by lot since all the contestants had identical times.
This Philadelphia race, aptly christened the Instant Gratification Run can be construed as an existential comment on our new emerging American society where instant gratification is almost not fast enough.
This is the participation trophy, and “the competition is bad ” social theorem come to its most logical conclusion and by acclamation should serve as the perfect metaphor for the Obama Presidency.
I say that because no president has done more to discourage achievement in school, business and society at large. He preaches about, not equality of effort, hard work, or production but equal reward.
So in a country whose own president once admitted to Barbara Walters that he was “lazy,” a race that requires no preparation, fasting, or self-discipline should stand head and shoulders above any personal achievement. This is a race that mirrors our national obsession of equality of result, instead of effort.
Obama’s America gives out food stamps and other people’s money to millions who have been conditioned to believe that they are morally entitled to the largesse of people who invest wisely, deal with harmful stress or work long hours.
The Racialism as a part of the American social fabric Mr. Rhoden cares so much about has been passe for years now. History passed it a longtime ago and Obama’s election left it stone cold dead.
This is the new social fabric–leadership that demeans accomplishment–you didn’t build this.
It reflects a Progressive Party that tampers with the traditional social fabric, provided by the marriage of one man to one woman.
It is a country now that has cast aside all the moral commandments that regulated the darker side of our nature–a side they can never see because they have become willfully blinded by their own agendas and social prejudices.
It is now a country that can tell religions that do not follow its secular and atheistic lead that their views have no place in public society and should be solely relegated to the privacy of their sanctuaries, confessionals and homes.
In the place of private enterprise, the traditional family, and Christianity they offer the free lunch, free college, free universal medical care—-al the needs that their people had without any regard as to how they will pay for any of it. They have killed the Golden Goose and broken all of her eggs. They have eviscerated, dismembered and incinerated American Exceptionalism with passion and glee.
In President Obama’s long, endless presidency, change has evolved into transformation that will most likely end in national suicide.
I shall not be surprised to see him remove the stars and stripes of war and patriotism from our flag and replace it with the sloth…a symbol for our times.
Liberty started in Philadelphia and now it looks as if it has run its course and will end in Philadelphia…at least in a metaphorical sense.