Sports has become pacifier for much of nation
Consider if you will, the problems, and the constant bickering that have been plaguing our country and its citizens.
It has been prevalent in a majority of states; it has reached a crescendo in Washington and the worldwide monetary crisis, along with major conflicts in Afghanistan and civil unrest in many of the Middle East countries, have managed to cause the general public to turn their attention away.
Instead they have turned to sports, especially football, as a diversion and a panacea from the corruption, and the inept management of our nation’s affairs.
People who never gave football a second look, suddenly are discussing the ability of one team to win over another.
It certainly has helped the attendance at stadiums and the TV sets are constantly tuned to football on Sunday afternoons.
Sports are a flourishing business and the public is swept up in its success.
Competition between the major networks to host the games has given the stations an enormous financial boost with endless commercials throughout the games.
Simultaneously, football has managed to take the nation’s citizens’ minds off the lawmakers’ blunders.
Football has given them a pacifier, very much like the one a mother gives to a fussing baby.
We all like to blame the lawmakers at the state and national level.
But guess who did not do a good job of selecting the right candidate for the job?
The citizens and taxpayers who often cannot remember their representative’s or senator’s name, but can rattle off names of players, their positions and performance in dozens of games across our country.
We, the people of this great nation, (including myself) have been inattentive and uninformed.
With midterm elections coming up next year, it is time for all to learn the voting record of our elected officials.
Thus we can learn which candidate is truly working for the people and which candidate is representing special interests.
It is time for nonachievers, obstructionists and extremists from either party to be dismissed.
We can still enjoy football, but remember the old axiom, “Look before you leap.”