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Mr. and Mrs. Good Parent sign up their precious Absolute Jewel of an athletic child for some sport — and the Absolute Jewel of an athlete turns out to be, well, a lousy athlete. But fear not!
The Absolute Jewel participated! So while he/she may not have been named the sport’s MVP or the best second baseman or running back or hockey goalie or whatever — he/she gets that ultimate award: The Participation Trophy. Along with every single one of his/her teammates.
And if the Absolute Jewel doesn’t get an award? All hell breaks loose. The Absolute Jewel’s worst nightmares of inadequacy have come true. A veritable psychological dumpster of blame — and what could be worse for the Absolute Jewel than a veritable psychological dumpster of blame? — unloads on the hapless child. So, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Good Parent will do anything, say again anything — to avoid blame from attaching to the Absolute Jewel for the hard reality of his/her athletic performance.
Lest you think we jest about the psychology linking Participation Trophies and those 85 House Republicans, over the border in Canada the Toronto Star reported this:
Two sets of parents are suing the Greater Toronto Hockey League, one of its clubs and four coaches for $25,000 each because their sons were cut by the Avalanche Minor Sports Club midget junior A team during tryouts in April.
Vito Valela and David Longo are both suing on behalf of their sons, Christopher and Daniel respectively. Besides the GTHL, Avalanche Minor Sports president Anthony Iantorno as well as team officials Doriano Pistarelli, Andy Vandenberk, Felice Guglielmi and Peter Posca are named as defendants in the action.
“Their direct actions have caused irreparable psychological damage to Daniel Longo’s self esteem as an impressionable teenager and demoralized Daniel as an athlete and team hockey player with his peers,” the Longo statement of claim reads. “The conduct by all defendants destroyed the dignity of my son, whom in good conscience gave his team nothing but his best efforts.”
Valela’s statement of claim states: “When Christopher was advised of his termination by my wife and I, he vowed never to play the game he loved since childhood. And, moreover, his misguided group of defendants demoralized my wife and I, whom had gone well beyond the call of duty as parents in support of the Toronto Avalanche hockey team for two seasons.”
Think of the House and Senate Republicans who went along with Obama as the boys reported here in this news story.
Think of the horror of blame that would have attached itself to these poor Republican politicians. You can just imagine the horrific news stories these guys were dreading, written, presumably, like this:
President Obama’s direct actions have caused irreparable psychological damage to Senate and House Republican’s self-esteem. As impressionable members of Congress and demoralized Republican elected officials, the Republicans believe their reputations and re-electability with their constituents, congressional, liberal media and Georgetown dinner party peers has been severely damaged. The conduct threatened by President Obama’s liberal media allies would have destroyed the dignity of these congressmen and senators, who in good conscience gave their constituents nothing but their best efforts.
What “Participation Trophies” are about is avoiding consequences.
The obvious and inevitable result of being held accountable for performance. There is, in fact, no sin in not being as good an athlete as the next kid. There is no sin either in standing up for principle as a Congressman or Senator. Yet to avoid giving the player in question the alleged shame of not making the team — being thought of as someone who isn’t one of the guys or girls — the coaches or league award all players a “participation trophy.” Who cares if they can’t make the cut as a first baseman, running back, or goalie? They played!
John Boehner played. Mitch McConnell played. And in return, they got played.
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