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In case you just arrived from Mars, we are in the middle of another presidential election. In fact, two weeks from today the election will be over. Notice I did not say decided, but the ballots will be cast.
With the campaign winding down, I’ve been thinking how politics reminds me of sports. Anyone who knows me would say that everything reminds me of sports but I digress. Follow me here.
Politicians are a lot like owners of professional sports franchises. Both promise great things in order to win your confidence and in the end only a very few are able to deliver. They do what they can to dress up their product in order to make the good qualities stand out while hiding their flaws.
One has to go no farther than the two professional franchises in Cincinnati.
Both owners claim to want to win while their records at season’s end would say otherwise.
I am convinced that one of them is far more concerned about dollar signs than wins and losses.
Let’s see – he continues to get rich while the fans suffer through another awful season.
It can’t all be blamed on him.
Just this past Sunday, 65,000 suckers laid down their hard earned money to watch his team lose yet another game. How does 0-7 feel?
The future does not look any better. The only problem is that we cannot vote him out of office.
Let’s shift our focus to the political process.
Every election, we are led to believe that one candidate is better than another. Those running for office call you at home or show up at your doorstep trying to convince you that they are the best person for the job. They make speeches where they use fancy words in the hopes of convincing you to vote for them.
Once in office, how many of them actually deliver the goods?
Instead, the next election comes rolling around and so does someone else telling you how his or her opponent is a bum and needs to be replaced.
It is a crazy cycle.
Does any of that sound familiar?
Every off-season, owners tell their fans how this year will be “our year.”
They spout off about how they have made the necessary moves to turn a pretender into a contender and a loser into a winner.
Every year, especially in Cincinnati, we fans see their words like a fish sees a juicy worm on a hook. We latch on, only to realize too late that all it got us was a trip to a grocery store freezer and then a frying pan.
Thirteen days from today, the speeches will be over and the commercials will be off the air. The hook will be baited.
It will be up to us to step into the voting booth and make a decision.
Everyone has their own reasons for voting for the candidate of their choice and in the end it is important that you let your voice be heard.
We can only hope that when all is said and done on election night, regardless of the outcome, that the American people have a quality leader and not a hook in their jaw.