Big Al's View Of The World
COWBOY SPORTS NEWS MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2017
As I’m writing this article the Presidential Inauguration has been all over the tv. I actually stopped in the middle of this writing to watch President Trump take the oath and listen to part of his speech. You couldn't turn on the tv for the past month without the news talking about people protesting or talking about not going to the ceremony and that he will not be their President.
The day after the election Trump went to the White House to visit with President Obama and Obama said the one thing that all Americans should take to heart. He said that the Presidency was bigger than any one person and that our democracy demanded the peaceful transition of power from one group to the next, regardless of their agenda or thoughts. He acknowledged that he and the new President might not agree on everything but that they were both for America. It seems he might have been the only one that got that memo because that was almost two and half months ago and things are worse now than then.
Fast forward to this week for Obama’s last press conference. He was asked how his daughters were handling the election. His answer was simple, they were not happy but that they were not moping around. They had gotten over it and moved on.
I am a Scorpio. Scorpio’s are not known for having sympathy towards anyone or anything. To put it plainly - my favorite line is “Get Over It.” We live in America and we have elections for President every four years. The winner is not always the person you want to win. The winner is not always the person that is right for the country. Regardless of all of these things the winner is OUR President for the next four years. If he succeeds, America succeeds. If he fails, America fails.
If you don’t like him or don’t agree with him you have two choices: stay mad as hell and fight him at every corner or you can “get over it” and move on with your life and pray for him to make the right choices. You don’t have to like him, agree with him or even watch him on tv, but you do have to respect the position. I was not really ever against President Obama. I didn’t agree with a lot of what he did but I can tell you this, if he ever came to Cat Spring, Texas I would go listen to him and given the chance I would shake his hand. He was the President of the United States and he deserved my respect and that would be what he would have gotten had he come to my town. There is a reason that most all of the past presidents get along well. They each knew that America always came first and that it was America’s time and place and that they were all just lucky enough to be living in it at the right time.
I know you have all heard of rodeo association meetings that go on till the wee hours of the night because of all of the fighting and cussing. It all goes back to respect and the fact that the board has forgotten that the association is bigger than any one or all of them. You don’t have to like or agree with your fellow board member, but you have to respect the fact that the future of the association deserves your respect for history, tradition, democracy and the future of everyone involved or that will be involved.
Regardless of how you feel about the ERA guys I want to believe that they had the future of rodeo in their hearts when they did what they did. You don’t have to agree with how they did it. You don’t even have to go to one of their rodeos but you have to respect the fact that they took a stance for what they believed in and for the future improvement of rodeo.
Rodeo has always kind of had its fair share of people that think about themselves first. Either for profit, praise, power or ego they have not always had plans that would benefit the future of anyone or anything but them. This goes from the top to the bottom. From the association president/commissioner all the way down to the rookie contestant. When people in power put their’s or their buddies' agenda aside and make decisions based on what is good for the sport, the association, the event or the animals/members then things get remembered. Everyone remembers the Turtles. No one remembers the crooked producer that they walked out on.
I hope and I pray that our new President will keep this in mind when he makes decisions that will affect the future of our great country. I also hope and pray that anyone in a position of power reading this right now will understand that you are a part of something that is bigger than yourself and your actions will affect rodeo for many years and maybe even generations to come. Please keep in mind this fact in your decisions.
God bless rodeo and God bless America,
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