Friday, September 28, 2012

Replacing the Replacements

I vowed not to get overtly political in this blog. Perhaps that's why I have written so infrequently over the past two months.

But the NFL-Referee fiasco has gotten me going. What is the lesson from the labor stalemate? The owners are greedy? Of course. They they are willing to jeopardise their golden goose because of their egos? Of course. The Professional referees desearve more? Most probably. BUT: Did you really expect the inexperienced replacement referees to be up to the task...duh?

Be logical: you cannot run a successful enterprise with replacements...of any kind..and expect them to be up to the task immediately! Developed competence takes time. I might want to and deserve to be a the new cook in the kitchen, displacing my wife; but you probably won't eat as well as you did for a while. Facts of life. Successful transitions take time.

We have been running America (like the NFL this season) with replacement referees (talent) in key positions for forty years...and the game has suffered. Let me repeat: fact of life. Transitions take time. The beneficiaries of the social revolutions since the late 1960s have not been fully up to the task of running America's economic and political life at the highest levels. No fault of their own; they just didn't have the experience (blame sexism, racism, ethnicism, if you want) but they were ON AVERAGE unequipped to adjudicate that the high level the American game. And the game has suffered. In overall instances (of course there are exceptions...but they only prove the rule) the replacement by the 'new referees' has been a case of massive 'learning on the job.' And when the game has been played at the highest level of political and economic activity that the US has been playing the game (just like it is played the phenomenal NFL players)--and played in a shifting global game--the referees are bound to--and did--make a lot of wrong, inadequate calls...and the game was threatening to get out of control, as it egregiously did in the walk-up to the so-called Financial Crisis.

To develop excellence requires time...and America may be running out. I warn the beneficiaries of the great and inevitable social revolution of the last 40 years to own up, stop blaming the past and instead pour their hyperbolic angst ("I've been screwed over") into the future...or the next wave of Americans (Indians, Asians, Pakistanis, etc) will walk right past them. Those cultures have no white Anglo male guilt to be exploited (as the social revolutionaries have done for the past forty years); they just work harder, generally take more responsibility for their own lives ("Shit Happens; Move On") and are already leapfrogging to the top.

Look around: college admission and graduation rates, key positions at hospital staffs, employment statistics...the future is already upon us. Grow, accept responsibility, double your effort, or, as a nation (unless the new groups can save us) we will wither.


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