First of all, I wish to express my sincere condolences to the Bush family upon the passing of George HW Bush, a man deeply committed to cause and country.
And, now on to the thoughts I penned for you yesterday before the sad news broke of President Bush’s passing:
There is something happening today — actually, it started last night — that is truly American. It is something that provides us all, especially progressive socialists, a true lesson to be learned about America. It is Championship Saturday in American college football. And to honor those who will take the field to achieve their conference championship I will list them all:
Georgia vs Alabama, Southeastern Conference Championship
Pittsburgh vs Clemson, Atlantic Coast Conference Championship
Ohio State vs Northwestern, Big 10 Championship
Texas vs Oklahoma, Big 12 Championship
UCF vs Memphis, American Athletic Conference Championship
Washington vs Utah, Pacific Coast 12 Championship
Boise State vs Fresno State, Mountain West Championship
Buffalo vs Northern Illinois, Mid-America Conference Championship
Appalachian State vs University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Sun Belt Conference
Middle Tennessee State vs University of Alabama-Birmingham, Conference USA
This is the culmination of all the efforts and hard work which started earlier this year in spring football. It continued through the summer with all the strength and conditioning training. These are those who climbed to the top of the heap after the sweat that dripped from those first hot full-contact practices in July and August. Yes, these are the respective one-percenters of college football, and guess what, their respective fans, students, and alumni are doggone proud of them. Don’t believe me, I live in Texas, and was born in Georgia.
Today there will be those who will don their schools respective colors, some on their bodies and faces. They will lose their voices cheering, and shed tears with a loss. However, I am reminded of those infamous words of Teddy Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
The quote is known as the “man in the arena” quote, and I can tell you, I long for the day when my Tennessee Volunteers will be back in that championship arena. And why? Because we root for the winners, champions, and we identify with that standard. We do not call today “Participation Trophy” Saturday. We do not disparage the team who wins, we celebrate them.
See, Championship Saturday is all about the constitutional conservative, classical liberal, principle of “equality of opportunity.” Every team in every conference listed above started the season 0-0, a level playing field. Every victory had to be earned. Yes, there are some teams that are more talented, but if you know anything about college football, anyone can be upset on any given day. LSU throttled Georgia. Purdue whipped Ohio State. Heck, I watched my Tennessee Volunteers play the game of their season against the #11 nationally ranked Kentucky Wildcats, defeating them 24-7.
The lesson progressive socialists could learn from this day is that their principle of “equality of outcomes” is not what we embrace in our everyday lives. However, the leftists are adept at making such a false narrative sound so very enticing, lovely. No one gives you a first down, a field goal, a touchdown, you earn it. If you do not play well, you do not get it. If the other team cheats, they are penalized, but it is still up to you to score. Progressive socialists want to give away points as a penalty to someone else, someone who, many times, has not committed any penalty. Leftists just feel compelled to do so because they embrace the “victim.”
I can bet you that if a referee were to try to take points away from Alabama to give to Georgia, you would have a riot on your hands. Heck, y’all know what happens when the refs make a bad call, and it is played on the big screen jumbotron for all to see. What I find very perplexing, somewhat hypocritical, is that on this day, there will be many who embrace progressive socialism who will be cheering for their respective team to crush their opponent. They will be desiring to be on the winning side, and have their team be crowned champion.
I just have to ask, how many of those University of Texas students will be longing for another victory over Oklahoma today . . . yet voted for Rep. Robert Francis “Bob” O’Rourke? I wonder what would happen if I were invited by the Campus Republicans at the University of Texas-Austin to speak on “Equality of Opportunity?” I know what happened recently when I was invited to speak at Northwestern University. And yes, I have spoken at both the University of Alabama and Georgia, besides being ridiculed for being a Tennessee graduate, they were very welcoming.
Why, may I ask, are the same folks who embrace socialism and the denigration of people who work hard and earn their way, cheering for their team to be champions? Why is it that these same people are in the stadium wanting to be #1 but reject an “America First” policy, castigating it as racist or some other disparaging reference?
Why aren’t these folks outside of the stadium dressed in black hoods and masked faces protesting Championship Saturday? I would tend to believe that if you accept the insidious belief of being anti-success and demonize one-percenters in life, then why are you cheering your school to be a champion? Isn’t real life more important than a game?
I bet that even Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheered for her Boston University Terriers when they were playing for NCAA college hockey championships. Okay, maybe that is a bit of a stretch, LOL.
I guess my inquiry is all about how one truly lives their life. What are their fundamental principles and values? I find it very hypocritical for a progressive socialist to cheer for a championship team, but not want a championship country. Ya know, kinda like when Barack Obama, when asked about American exceptionalism, made the equivalency to any other country being exceptional. When President Trump talks about winning, the left goes into an apoplectic meltdown. But think about it: what would college football look like if progressive socialists were in control. in power, over it? Would there be a Championship Saturday . . . or just Participation Trophy day?
My point is simply this: if the principles of progressive socialists are not acceptable to be in charge of college football . . . then why would you want them in control of your country?
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.