A lesson for Obama, Biden, and Kerry — courtesy of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays
I had to chuckle a little bit earlier this evening while catching up on the day’s news on-line. Not often, but occasionally, you can see parallels in different stories — a sort of “harmonic convergence”, if you will — where planets and stars align, if only for a moment, to reveal an answer that might otherwise remain hidden from view. The first article I read was here, a scolding that a sports writer from CBS was delivering to Evan Longoria and David Price, two players for the Tampa Bay Rays pro baseball team. The team had just clinched a spot in the playoffs, and these two players decided to blast their fans via Twitter for the poor attendance that they’ve been having at home. This is never a good idea; imagine cashiers at Publix verbally assaulting you as you check out for not spending enough money in their store, or not bringing your neighbor with you to spend his money as well! My favorite line in the piece; “If the fans don’t come, it’s because the team didn’t do enough to convince them to come, not the other way around.”
It’s right about this time where you are probably saying to yourself, “What does any of this have to do with anything!?” Very well then — Act 2. A few articles later, I come across this story here, entitled Blaming the Voters. You’re starting to see where I’m going now, I bet! Obama, Biden, and Kerry have decided to try the same tack that the hapless ball players from the first story I mentioned tried to take — let’s scold them into line. “We have an electorate,” Kerry bloviates, “that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on, so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts, or the truth, or what’s happening.” Such respect for those he represents — a true public servant!
In a capitalist society, people “vote” with their feet for everything; which movie will be a blockbuster, which restaurant to eat at, which smart phone to buy, which sporting event to buy tickets to, and even which politician to vote for. The “agents of change” are starting to be reminded where the power in our system of government is really rooted — in we, the people.