The 2016 Olympics in Rio are in full swing. Young men and women from everywhere in the world compete. Whenever you watch Olympians compete, you notice they have something in common.
In fact, if you examine almost every arena – sports, business, entertainment – you find they all have that same basic thing in common, be it a CEO, coach, pitcher, quarterback, actor or musician. In each of these fields, they are measured and selected, or dismissed, for essentially the same reason.
The competitor is judged by what he does. You enter the Olympics, sign with the Super Bowl champs, pitch the first game of the World Series or secure that high-profile movie or record deal based on your performance. You are judged, your potential is evaluated and appraised and a contract is signed, or not, based on how well you do what you do; that’s real life.
How likely is the board of directors to rehire a CEO who leads a multi-million-dollar corporation into bankruptcy? Can you imagine the owner of a major football team keeping a coach who loses consecutive seasons? Or a losing jockey being signed to ride in the Kentucky Derby? Would a B-rated actor expect the lead role in an A-rated movie? A CEO, coach, jockey or performer with a poor performance history would be hard pressed to explain why they deserve top billing.
Why? The simple truth is: They are judged on their record, their performance.
If this is suitable for business, sports and entertainment, why is it not more vital for something as important as serving the people as their elected representative – say, the “presidency,” for instance?
In almost every endeavor in life, one’s future is influenced by what one does; in politics, however, the future is influenced by what one says.
Presently, we are following the 2016 campaign rhetoric of the two final contenders for the office of U.S. president, and it is jarring to contrast the performance records of these two competitors.
At the outset, let us eliminate the discussion of gender in this race. Despite the rabid commitment of those who insist America must “catch up with the world and elect a woman,” it is totally irrelevant to the considerations and issues at play. Both genders are capable, and that issue should be off the table. Claiming the right to top billing in America is not about being the first anything; it’s about performance history, leadership, capability, honesty, integrity, motivation, strength, hard work, experience and, finally, loyalty to “We, the People.” (Oh yeah, that.)
Listening to the media define, undefine and redefine again both of these candidates, in an effort to persuade us who does and does not have the right to the desk in the Oval Office, is mind numbing. Believe it or not, we are smart enough to discern for ourselves who possesses what. And I’m not talking about money, houses, golf courses or titles.
Based on what these two individuals believe, what have they have achieved? (Take some time to think about that.)
Donald Trump, utilizing the principles upon which our republic is founded and has developed, has attained the epitome of the American dream. The above-named qualities and principles we have established for said top billing are the very ones that have enabled Trump to enjoy such extraordinary success (much of which, by the way, he attributes to his good fortune of being born in America).
Conversely, Hillary Clinton has been in positions of authority for decades, yet she has always been appointed to these positions via rhetoric versus achieving her “success” based on any of the said attributes or principles. In fact, at the moment, she is being investigated for violating many of them.
Therefore, the question is this: If a competitor wins the prize based on performance – and we have already determined this is how real life works – then how does a contrast between these two candidates render anything other than an obvious choice? And, remember, it matters not one iota that a woman is contending for the title. Not one. (Getting snared by that media hype only makes that voter part of America’s problem, not the solution.)
The qualities necessary to govern the most powerful nation on earth are obvious to all, though we’ve listed only a few. If the standard Democrat voter – like blacks, Hispanics and millennials – would vote for those who actually possess and utilize the principles and attributes necessary to lead this great nation versus one who “achieves” by rhetoric, we might all actually experience once again “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Think about it.