I was listening to someone the other day talk about the children's game of Musical Chairs. For those who may not be familiar with it - which I personally find difficult to imagine - it's a game played with a circle of empty chairs. There is one less chair than participants. Children circle the chairs while music plays and when the music stops everyone sits on a chair. One person will be left standing and that person is out. When the game resumes another chair is removed.
Sounds harmless, right? Sure, there is some competition between kids as a couple of them try to sit on the same chair, but eventually one gets control of the chair and the other is out. The game goes on until their is one chair and one winner. I remember it well.
Sadly, it occurred to me as I was reminiscing that the game of Musical Chairs is probably no longer allowed in today's progressive, politically correct society. The object of Musical Chairs is for everyone to be eliminated from the game until only one person remains. That person wins the game. Liberals, progressives and all the politically correct people will most likely ban the game because the poor children who don't get a chair might feel badly about themselves because of it.
As in youth football and baseball these days - some very misguided adults have decided there should be no winners or losers, only participation. Everyone gets a trophy for playing and no one loses. The are now starting to do the same thing with grades in school. Rather than failing a kid or giving him a bad grade for substandard work they're lowering the standards so the kids who struggle don't feel badly about themselves.
It's not only a ridiculous concept but it's actually harmful to the children. If a kid grows up not understanding the concept of winning and losing, or that some people are simply more or less intelligent than they are, how is he/she ever going to deal with the losses he/she will face as an adult? The first time they're turned down for a job (or screw up and get fired) they'll need serious therapy in order to cope with it. For that matter, the first time they bid on something on e-Bay and don't get it they'll be lost.
Parents who support the "no winners, no losers" concept are actually harming their children. It's poor parenting. Don't be surprised when the first time your adult child gets disappointed he/she moves back in with you because home is the only safe place where there are no disappointments.
In other liberal news - Andrew Cuomo, the current governor of New York, recently appeared on "The Capitol Press Room" on a public radio station in New York. The topic of the differences between moderate and conservative Republicans came up and Governor Cuomo said "Their problem is not me and Democrats, Their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that is who they are and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the State of New York." Cuomo said.
I find that extremely interesting since on January 9, 2014, Governor Cuomo ended his State of the State address with the following paragraph:
"We are open for business and we welcome everyone here to this great state of New York.’ That is the Statue of Liberty in the harbor. Come one, come all, we don’t care the color of your skin or your religion or how much money you have in your pocket; you come to New York and we will welcome you and work with you and invite you into the family of New York. And while other states say we’re afraid of diversity; while other states are building fences; we say we’re excited by the diversity. We welcome the diversity. The diversity is what made us in the first place, and we believe we can take that diversity and we can take those differences and we can make one from those differences. We believe we can forge community from the people we welcome here. The concept of community is ‘we’re all in this together’ – there is a cord that connects you to you to you and that cord weaves a fabric, and when one of us is raised we’re all raised and when one of us is lowered we’re all lowered, because we’re part of one community and we’re part of one fabric. That is what made New York great and that’s what continues to make New York great. At the end of the day, we are one. We are upstate, we are downstate, but we are one. We are Latino, we are African American, but we are one. We’re New York City and we are Buffalo, but we are one. We are Democrats and Republicans but we are one. That is the promise of this great state. That is E Pluribus Unum, out of many: one. It’s the founding premise, the enduring promise. It’s the promise that we inherited from our parents, and the promise of New York that we’re going to pass on to our children. The promise, my friends, that we are going to make a reality in this great state working together. Thank you and God bless you, and let’s have a great 2014."
So did the governor mean what he said or didn't he? It seems what he meant to say was "We Democrats and progressive Republicans are one. The rest of you Republicans, you moderates and conservatives who don't believe in the progressive agenda, can move somewhere else."
Of course we knew Governor Cuomo was a hypocrite anyway. Hey Governor - where did you get the idea to eliminate taxes for new businesses so they would consider expanding into your state? That's a fiscally conservative idea. You may correctly say that John F. Kennedy did it and he was a Democrat - but he was a conservative Democrat.
Yeah - many liberals are always good for hypocrisy. Funny thing is - they refuse to acknowledge it. They'll deny it, talk around it, flat out lie about it, or call you derogatory names when you blatantly put it in their faces. That's part of what makes them entertaining. But it's also the main reason our country is in such bad shape now. Let's all hope for change in November and again in 2016. Let's get the government out of liberal hands and begin putting the country back together.