Monday, November 1, 2010

Game Day Prep

Graphic Courtesy of a Special Friend
It's generally considered bad form for one professional football team to run up the score on a badly out-classed opponent. When one team is clearly cruising to victory, they are expected to suddenly behave in a gentlemanly manner, and deliberately lay back until the final whistle. While this sounds like a very nice and sportsmanlike gesture, it runs contrary to everything that football players do in preparation for game day. 

Football players train all week to take the field as warriors with one goal; winning. To have them turn that emotion off - or even to dial it down a notch - contradicts everything they worked so hard for prior to the game. Too many times it has backfired, much to the chagrin of the formerly jubilant fans who suddenly see their heroes of the day turned into the vanquished.

We see that same mentality today in both war arenas, Iraq and Afghanistan, where our soldiers - trained to fight and kill - are ordered to fight nicely.  Rarely does such a strategy result in anything resembling a positive outcome. There comes a time when the practice must be abandoned. Tomorrow is it.

Tomorrow is Election Day, as if anyone reading this needed that reminder. We have all been riveted to the polls and prognostications, feeling like the game is ours for the taking. All we have to do is show up. Ironically, that is true to a point for an election, but in sports it means you have to do more than just show have to play.

Tomorrow, we have to not only show up, we have to vote. Don't just drive by your polling precinct and think, "Wow, what a crowd. I guess they have it covered. I'm going shopping." No, go in and vote, no matter how good it looks. For late voters, don't worry about reporting precincts predicting the landslide victory we do expect.

Go in, run up the score. Rub their noses in it, spike the ball and do an end zone dance.

Remember Nancy Pelosi and crew walking and laughing after inflicting the Health Care bill on us. Remember all of the rhetoric about that stupid car in the ditch. Remember all of the admissions that no one read the legislation that they passed. Remember the arrogance of your representatives at town hall meetings (think of Pete Stark, for starters). Remember all of the union thuggery exhibited by the likes of the SEIU, et al.

Remember being called domestic threats by Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security, and stupid by your own Congresspeople. And remember your president referring to you as "the enemy" to an Hispanic television station.

As you vote tomorrow, remember all of this. As you contemplate the trip to your polling place, and perhaps consider that your vote might not mean much...remember. Go. Vote.

Make 'em pay.

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1 comment:

Edisto Joe said...

I've been waiting for this moment for 2 years. It's now or never people. The larger the margins of victory the less chance for recounts.