Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I have seen both the triumphs and the tragedies of both American professional sports and the corrupt politicians we the people of the United States of America have obligated ourselves to employ to run our government.
I have cheered for once Hall of Fame players released from other employers who were finished paying their tragically expensive obligations to these athletes. These athletes were either traded or signed with an employer who is mediocre after the season has begun. Why would these employers want to remain mediocre to pathetic?
In real world employment, in my opinion no employer should obligate themselves to pay an employee for poor work performance. The employer should fire and/or terminate the employee if their work performance is unsatisfactory.
In the real world of work, I believe in at-will employment, where employers and employees can terminate the relationship at any time.
The same philosophy should apply for both professional sports and politicians. When the sports franchise feels the players are performing at a mediocre level or the American people feel the politicians are too corrupt, terminate them. Should the athlete or politician no longer want the job, they should sign resignation papers and leave right then.
The Denver Broncos were once a great sports franchise from 1977 to 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991. The Broncos won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998, then fell into mediocrity until 2005 and were mediocre again until 2011.
The Broncos played terrible on Sept. 17 in Atlanta. That pathetic performance warrants the termination of contracts that owner Pat Bowlen tragically obligated himself to pay for, including Peyton Manning.
The Colorado Rockies own only two winning seasons in the history of a pathetic baseball franchise, 1995 and a 21-day run to the 2007 National League pennant. Those 21 days saved the 2007 season before an embarrassing sweep by Boston in the World Series.
Ronald Reagan was our last honorable president. The Bush family – father and son – sold Iraq for profit. George W. Bush and Wall Street broke our economy. Clinton was an embarrassment, and Obama has failed.
On Sept. 18, columnist James Kellogg informed us what the “real” voter issues are. He also noted two “distractions” from those important issues. Abortion was one of those distractions. I doubt Betty Scranton agrees with that and neither do I.
Right-to-abortion versus right-to-life is a deeply personal and highly divisive issue for Americans. People on both sides of the debate have already have died over it and more may die before it’s finally settled, if it ever is. This election will certainly not settle it, but it will influence it for some time to come by determining who nominates replacements for several of our aging Supreme Court justices. This makes it much more than a distraction.
It’s worth noting that Kellogg didn’t list foreign policy, immigration policy, education, national security, gay rights or environmental concerns as central issues either. For him it appears, only money is central to the election. But, while money is clearly important for most of us, I think we also care about more than just money and that we will evaluate candidates accordingly.
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