In the days following September 11, 2001, America showed that we can be a nation united, as a team, and work toward a common goal while realizing we have differences. These days I feel we have lost touch with this common goal, especially with the divisive politics put forth by Obama and this administration. We have lost our sense of team, as well as, our goal. What is our goal, you ask? Our goal should be to continue to be the leader of the free world and to continue to be FREE.
I am a huge sports fan. I watch sports often and on many occasions I will hear the announcers speak of "team chemistry" or the cohesiveness of the team. Where does that come from? What makes a team a "great" team? History has shown often in sports that simply assembling a group of the "best" players does not necessarily beget a champion as a team, or in our case, a nation. Why is this? Each is the best at his or her job; therefore the team as a whole should be the best, right? I think it has more to do with having the right pieces on the team, those that will seek help when needed, reel in the egos, lose the elitist thinking, and yearn for success as a team.
Team chemistry - the dynamic process that occurs when a team works together in order to achieve a common goal set forth by its leaders.
This is an extremely important variable in the quest for athletic, social and professional success. I have seen this dynamic at work personally. I am currently, and have been in the past, a part of a very successful team. We have had differing ideas and opinions, but we achieve success none the less. I have played baseball from the time I was 5 years old, but for the purpose of this editorial, I will reference my high school era.
As a part of many teams, I had to overcome personality and ideological issues with some individuals as with most everyday people. In Baseball I played second base... I had to support the outfielders and others all while taking care of my own position. But the most important part of my "job" was supporting and cohering with my shortstop. One problem, my shortstop and I rarely saw eye to eye on anything. We had very little in common off the field… he said black and I said white... you get my drift. But, on the field those ideals and philosophies were put aside long enough to be a very successful duo.
We were able to work together, on field, to accomplish the simple idea of advancing the team goals set forth by our coaches. Those goals, of course, were to be the best and to win. There were many wins and some losses, but overall we were successful. Of course there were many more players on the team than he and I. Some sided with him, some with me; but all pieces were working together for the advancement of the common goal. We were cohesive because we were willing to ask for help when needed and we possessed the ability to work together as a team to achieve the vision. Most importantly, we had to take the time to understand each other and focus on the goals laid out by the coaches. I feel we need more of this, more pieces working together to achieve a common goal for our nation.
When our nation was formed the two main ideological sides, Liberal and Conservative, had to work together to advance the team; that team being this great nation known as the United States of America. The pieces had to have the ability to function cohesively, each able to perform their task while not being afraid to ask for help when needing to overcome obstacles, contain their egos and attempt to understand each other, and most of all, withhold divisive rhetoric.
I do not see a team with our current leadership. I feel Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the rest are completely out of touch with their coaches, the American People. Each seems to have their own idea of what we as a nation want from our government. They say that they listen to us and understand what we want, all the while ignoring us and imposing their will upon us. This cannot work toward the advancement of any team or society. They seem to intentionally divide the masses in an attempt to blind us form that what they are doing. They push through their agenda, all the while ignoring what the coaches are asking for. A team cannot survive with this attitude nor can our great nation. So how does a coach or a manager handle a problem that arises such as this? Well, they replace the pieces!
I am a part of the Tea Party movement. I consider myself a Conservative, even Libertarian in my views. According to my current government… I am also a part of a racist, insensitive, hate mongering group. I don’t see it. I will not take the time to defend my views on this, as I feel that said defense will only fuel their fire. I believe that government should protect our borders, lower taxes, and reduce spending. I also believe that charity starts at home, not with the government telling us who is worthy of charity. Hateful thoughts, I know.
Though our team is currently divided, we as coaches, have the ability to replace the pieces; to seek the chemistry we need as a country; and to restore our nation to its former glory! And to once again be winners! This is a rebuilding year for our favorite team… every great team has had to go through this. It is not always pretty, but it must happen in order to advance. We make mistakes and we learn from them. My hope is that we, as a nation, have learned from this mistake! Come time to vote in November, 2010 and in the future, educate yourself before you draft the players. Understand them; not only their abilities, but the content of their character. Listen to their words when they respond to questions and decide if the response is sincere, and if their words make sense to you and the way that you live your life. Most of all though, ask yourself if they are out to advance the team or their self.
We do have choices to make America! As was once said... "If you choose not to decide... You still have made a choice!" Peace out my friends. I have faith that this great country will rebound... There is no "I" in team, but believe that "I" can improve the team. Peace!
Once again, thanks for your ear,
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