Charita Goshay: Little League scuffles a symptom of adults’ childishness
Children’s organized sports have always had their Sideline Dads and Ice-Rink Moms, but the recent arrest of a Little League coach in Canton, Ohio, for allegedly assaulting the league’s president isn’t something we should get used to.
According to police, the scuffle broke out over a disputed call at home plate.
No children were injured. They had enough sense not to get involved.
As Americans, we’re obsessed with fairness, yet we frequently ignore the biggest lesson that sports offers us: Even when you play by the rules, you don’t always get a cookie.
Proponents of organized sports argue that league play is necessary to teach kids fundamentals and sportsmanship, but if we adults can’t control ourselves, perhaps they’d be better off figuring it out themselves.
Lou Gehrig and Hank Aaron never played T-ball, and they turned out all right.
The made-for-YouTube behavior exhibited by some sports parents is simply another symptom of the virus that has infected adults in this country.
Our nation is on a junk food diet of in-your-face confrontational TV and nonstop Internet demagoguery. As a result, when our kids lose, we file lawsuits and storm school board meetings, demanding do-overs and, as a last resort, we brawl.
Given this, how dare we ask, “What’s the matter with kids today?”
The smoldering car bomb parked in Times Square last week wasn’t first detected by the NYPD but rather by a disabled Vietnam veteran who makes his living selling tourist keepsakes.
When shoe-bomber Richard Reid set himself on fire, he was manhandled by a flight attendant, with help from her passengers.
By the time Dutch tourist Jasper Schuringa got done with him, failed underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab probably wished he’d called in sick.
And who knows how many Americans were saved as a result of the doomed passengers of United Flight 93 fighting their hijackers to the death on Sept. 11, 2001?
Do you see a pattern here?
We pay taxes for protection and ultimately the war against terrorism falls to people who know what they’re doing, but we all have a part to play in thwarting it.
If we intend to remain free, we must embrace the same kind of grassroots vigilance that spurred Lance Orton to alert police in New York last Saturday.
The politicians, shouting heads and spin-doctors all have personal security details. You don’t.
The overarching goal of terrorism is to inflict fear. Our enemies, be they foreign or domestic, are counting on us to be afraid for our lives, to willingly subjugate our priceless freedom for a modicum of security.
When we beg to differ, as we must, terror fails.
Charita Goshay writes for The Repository in Canton, Ohio. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.