Washington politics uses football follies to distract constituents PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 09:51

I am a football fanatic. I played a little back in my younger days! I have coached at the youth and middle school levels and I have followed the sport as a fan for as long as I can remember.
The reason I share my football pedigree with you is because of something football coaches like to use – it’s called misdirection.

A misdirection play is designed to get everyone on the field going in one direction and then have the ball-carrier go in another direction. When executed right, it’s a thing of beauty to behold.

When I coached at Eastern we had a play called simply “121.” There is no need to bore you with details of how this play worked.

Then we had another play called “CSX.” The two plays, “121” and “CSX” to the average fan looked identical, but there were three little subtle differences.

In football terms, “CSX” was a misdirection play for “121.”

As coaches, we would run the play “121” about four or five times in a row to lull the defensive players to sleep.

Then we would hit them with the misdirection and nine times out of 10 it worked liked a charm. I could watch the opposing team’s defense and with-in a second or two, I knew we were going to score a touchdown.

Like I said, this isn’t a football 101 column, I write this because this is a ploy that our politicians use too many times on hard working Americans.

I think our elected officials want us all watching the play going one way, while the ball moves in the opposite direction. Then by the time we notice, it’s too late to do anything about it.

They want us bickering over the Confederate flag and statues. I personally don’t like the Confederate flag. I am a man who was raised in the south who despises everything about slavery, but I will say this, there is a Confederate Flag in my house.

My son has one in his room. You see, while I don’t like the flag, and that’s my right, my son does, and that’s his right.

The Red, White and Blue that we both love and respect, gives us the right to have our opinions. We love and respect each other under the same roof, so why can’t we find that common ground in the same country?

The same is true for statues. I have ancestors, loved ones, who fought for the confederacy. They stood for what they believed in and I don’t want to see that part of our history erased. I’ve heard it said, you can’t know who you are, unless you know where you came from.

The divide, to me, is distraction. Politicians want us arguing and fighting over inanimate objects that’s the “121” because they are calling “CSX” and we are watching the wrong part of the field.

We are yelling and screaming over the words on a plaque hanging below Robert E. Lee, while gas prices sky rocket to near $3 a gallon just two days after a hurricane hits.

I get that a hurricane affects gas prices, but instantly?

Last week, the great debate over healthcare began to rage again! Nothing like watching people who make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, who have great healthcare plans argue under the false pretense of looking out for us!

We probably don’t even see the argument, because we are outraged over the police, or Civil War monuments, or facebook possibly charging us per post, or someone hacking our social media accounts.

In those middle school coaching days, every now and then we’d come up against a team who had done their home work.

The coaches had prepared the players to watch out for the misdirection plays. They taught their defensive players what to watch for.

We’d run the play “121” four or five times just like always and then we’d call for “CSX” and I’d watch those defensive players.

They didn’t fall for it. They kept their eyes on the football, and what usually ended up as a touchdown for us, ended up being a minimal gain.

It’s because the misdirection didn’t work. Sure the eight other defensive players and most of the fans were watching the wrong area, but those three players kept their focus.

At some point, as Americans, that’s what we are going to have to do. We are going to have to quit being distracted by Washington Politics and their misdirection governing and start keeping our eyes on the ball and demanding that they truly become a Government working for the good of the people who elected them into office.

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