(The Federalist) -- A typical weekend in our family involves my wife traveling to a baseball tournament, while I go to a soccer tournament, or vice versa, with grandparents often pitching in. Though the odds, and genetics, are against our kids playing in college, much less beyond, we are hopeful the lessons learned will be applied beyond the world of sports. Our kids have played on teams that seemingly cannot win, and others that go undefeated.
Like so many parents, we want our kids to learn the value of hard work, striving, discipline, teamwork, and winning and losing graciously. I welcome the competition, and smiled inwardly when my kids kept score even when the adults tried to discourage them from doing so. My kids have shed tears in the face of hard defeats, and worn proudly their unwashed winning jerseys. Simple experiences, like learning not to blame the referees or make excuses, will serve our children well as they mature and enter the real world.
The growing sense of entitlement and victimization evident in our society makes me wonder if our political leaders ever learned these lessons. I am not simply condemning partisanship or suggesting we all holds hands and sing “Kumbaya.” While I would like to see less name-calling and more cooperation in the political arena, I also believe that substantive disagreements over consequential issues can and should arouse passionate debate. What worries me is that the Left seems determined not just to win, but to also delegitimize their opponents.
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