Playing Ball with Jack (and Other Obama Victims)
“What the heck are you talking about, coach? That’s freaking insane!” Jack yelled.
Jack is an eighteen year old member of a baseball team I help as an assistant coach. Our conversation took place on a perfect July day in a dugout about an hour before game time. I went into the dugout to hurry Jack along when I heard him talking with another straggler about voting for the first time. I hung back and listened. Jack said he wasn’t sure who he would vote for in November. I jumped in and I let him know that his share of the federal deficit was around $50,000 and growing by the day. His reply would suggest that he was somewhat perturbed.
Our team is comprised of top players from northeast Ohio. Almost every economic, religious and racial background is represented on the roster. Jack is a talented, gritty first baseman who is leveraging his baseball talent to overcome personal challenges and a less-than-stellar academic resume to attend college. While the team often plays in stadiums or on the best fields in the area, life off the field for Jack is not so idyllic.
This conversation with Jack came to mind last week while preparing for Thanksgiving. Determined to shake off my post-election funk and focus on all the blessings in my life, I reflected. The internal conversation went something like this: I have a loving, smart, and beautiful wife (hey, you married-up); two great kids (both smarter and more talented than I ever was); health (good for my age); both parents are still with me (God bless them, they are saints); great in-laws (lucky again); my faith and Church (damn mandate!); I am lucky to live in America (will my grandkids feel the same?); I have good friends (err, some voted for Obama!); I am lucky to coach baseball (Jack got ticked, but hey, he told me he voted for Romney!).
This reflection helped me appreciate how truly blessed I am. Recalling my conversation with Jack, his reply and more importantly — his vote — gave me hope. Hope, because Jack is a typical target voter (victim) of Obama and the left. He is young, comes from a blue-collar family, middle-income, needs money for college, and non-religious. And yet, he voted for Romney!
Like most Americans, Jack is busy trying to build a life for himself. He does not have the time or inclination to parse arguments about free markets, ObamaCare, threats to religious freedom, tax rates, government spending as a percentage of GDP, or any of the issues the Romney campaign rightly brought up. Jack voted for Romney because he heard, most likely for the first time, that the “cool guy” was running up charges on his generation’s credit card. Not cool. He let me know it with, “That’s freaking insane!” He finally heard something tangible that would impact his life. Ironically, it was from a man he mistakenly perceives as old and rich.
While Republican consultants crunch numbers and formulate strategies for 2014 and 2016, each of us needs to step up to the plate and speak up. Start conversations. Don’t miss an opportunity to politely make a point. Be it in a dugout before a game, at a dinner party, or a family picnic, be prepared and have some good-natured lines at the ready to encourage conversations. We need to illustrate how the leftist world view of the current regime will adversely affect individual lives directly. Don’t be shy. Have fun with it with things like:
- Greet friends, especially Obama supporters, with a hardy, “Hello, Comrade!”
- “So, Obama is going to finally tax the rich. How does he plan to fund the government for the remaining 356 days of the year?”
- “I look forward to healthcare — DMV style.” (kudos to CatholicVoteAction.org)
- “I don’t like any war, especially on women. So, in the name of tolerance, we shouldn’t tolerate the Catholic Church then?”
- “I’m glad the Democrats eliminated all the waste and fraud in government before raising taxes. Where will GSA employees party? I must have missed NBC’s hard-hitting report.”
- “Wow, I can’t believe you had to drop $100 to fill up your tank on the way here. What does Beyoncé think about fracking technology?”
Remember to support alternative media outlets like The Brenner Brief and share it with family and friends. You know the right has better ideas based on fact. The left has good intentions based on feelings. We know the left owns the media, schools, and pop culture outlets. They are portrayed as “cool.” They “care.” The right is portrayed as evil incarnate. The 1 percent are taking from the poor, outlawing women’s reproductive rights, blah, blah, blah.
Hey, there is no crying in baseball! Or politics! So speak up and have fun. Speak up for the sake of your parents, children, and grandchildren. Be bold and speak up for hard-working young people like Jack who are just trying to carve out a living for themselves.
Play ball, Comrades!
- Blah, Blah, Racist, Blah, Blah, Racist, Blah, Blah, Blah, Racist (givemeliberty01.com)
- Zing! MSNBC’s top 10 comebacks to use against the family conservative (tv.msnbc.com)
- My generation showed up at the polls (cnn.com)
- A Fifth of Jack: What You Drink Can Determine Your Vote (wycd.cbslocal.com)