Monday, December 28, 2009

Obama - The Ultimate "Participant Award Trophy"
And I don't even yell or cuss!



Here's some of the posting from the Power Line blog; (Emphasis mine)
"Don't Say We're Violent, Or We'll Kill You"

That has been the message of Islamic extremists on a number of occasions, e.g. the Mohammed cartoons. An extreme case occurred recently when the proprietor of the web site Religion of Peace received a death threat from members of the religion of peace:

A recent e-mail to a website launched after the 9/11 terror attacks to document the instances of Islamic violence said simply: "We will kill you. Like this ... "

The message included a photograph of a man who had been beheaded, his body resting chest down on grass and his lifeless head placed in the middle of his own back. Another photograph showed a bloody knife.
Then there's this op/ed piece from The Portland Press Herald (Maine); (Emphasis mine)
Boys suffer in a culture without challenges

Two 10-year-old boys show up for their first soccer tryouts. Both feel nervous but excited. The parent of one says, "give it your best shot and have fun." The other parent says, "you don't have to do this if you don't want to. It can feel scary."

Which of these statements is best for the boys?

An increasing number of boys are doing poorly in school and failing to mature in a positive way. More men are losing self-confidence and their passion for competing and achieving.

While the top-performing 10 percent to 20 percent of boys and men are doing just fine, the growing number of underachieving males forces schools, businesses, the military and others to lower their standards and expectations. What happened?

Political correctness and new age wishful thinking have all contributed to the effort in our schools, families, and communities to take away intense competition from boys. Even in sports, only a small number of top athletes ever get to experience challenging competition.

Tens of thousands of years of human development cannot be swept aside to fit the "anti-competition" PC agenda. It's a mushy, idealistic approach to child development and education that seems disconnected from reality. Today boys learn more about fairness and fun than how to compete successfully.

Yes, fairness and fun are important lessons in life, but can be taught very well during intense competition. Plus nearly every aspect of life involves some degree of competition with other people, communities, teams, governments, or businesses and will never go away.

All of the politically correct worries about fairness, over-the-top fears about scuffing up knees or hurting someone's feelings frustrate boys and do them a disservice by lowering standards of achieving. We're taking away the proving grounds for learning how to be strong men. Our global business competitors and terrorist enemies are licking their chops.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Al said...

To summarize this post in 1 sentence: We are fast becoming a nation of PC wimps becoming ripe for the picking by our enemies.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Smiley said...

Competiton is very important. Competiotn is not a bad thing at all how can we strive to be perfect if not for competition. Even in the spiritual life, we see the greate saints we want to be like them, is this also not a form of competition. We compete for Gods attention and love envn though he has a lot to give us. The problem is the PC agenda seeks to destroy us not just materially but more importantly spiritually. If men are not men then already we are not aceieving the great plan that God has for us

10:51 AM  
Blogger JLS said...

St Paul explains that he is about to win his crown of salvation; he likens the effort to a competitive event. The nature of the competition is explained because it is spiritual, and not as easy to see as a chariot race.

But I'm thinking that even today, some of the NASCAR "chariot" races are dumbed down ... There are all sorts of restrictions on how the cars may be set up including the motors. Maybe this is only to make it safer, but I'm not convinced that it is not a step towards making competition a politically correct sport, sort of like the freedom to be persons in the USA which is being replaced as we speak by turning us all into R2D2 and 3CPO bots.

10:59 AM  

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