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Suck It Up: The Lesson From the Debates

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Tuesday, 10 Nov 2015 07:26 AM Current | Bio | Archive

One of the many tools I use when coaching my youth lacrosse kids is bias.  When conducting drills or practice games I purposely make very bad calls. 

I want to see how the kids are going to react and handle being treated unfairly.  How will they handle the adversity, will they get frustrated and fold or will they instead use their anger as fuel and play with more fire and determination. 

I believe that this exercise not only better prepares them for game day, but more importantly for the much tougher game of life. 

College admissions are not fair.  The tax code is not fair.  Regulations are not fair.   Hiring practices are not fair.  My professors’ grading was not fair.  My performance evaluation was not fair…etcetera, etcetera.

Life is not fair. 

The sooner one comes to realize that Thomas Jefferson’s dream of all men being created equal is far from reality, the better off one will be.  Of course, we should always be working and striving for a level playing field, where all men are equal under the law, a true meritocracy.  Unfortunately, with the crony nature of our world today we are far from it, and the American people know it, on both sides of the political spectrum, and are not too happy about it.

This is why I was a little surprised and very disappointed with the entire hullabaloo surrounding the Republican Presidential Debate on CNBC.  Did these candidates not expect to be treated unfairly?  I did think that many of the questions posed were a little ridiculous plus the obvious desire to turn the debate into a Middle School fistfight.  Then there was John Harwood being John Harwood.  (Has anybody watched him on CNBC prior to this?)  With that being said, I have three words for candidates and the Republican Party that I use very often on the lacrosse field…

Suck it up!

In my opinion, I thought that many of the candidates had some of their best performances handling some of the controversial questions and came out of the trenches looking very strong.  Personally, if I were a candidate I would want more of this.  I have no interest in slow-pitch softball!  Bring on the bias baby!  Friedrich Nietzsche stated succinctly, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  Do any of the candidates think it is going to get easier in the general election?  Do you recall: George Bush’s fake but true documents, Nazi, liar, John McCain’s supposed affair, Mitt Romney killing his former employees, not paying his taxes, plus he was dog torturer. 

My suggestion to the candidates and the wimps that run the Republican Party would be to embrace the bias.  Take it and defeat it head on.  It will toughen you up, plus it will endear you to the American people who have to deal with that stacked deck, unfair world every day. 

Chris Markowski has carried the titles of author, investment banker, equity analyst, and consumer advocate. He is the personality behind Watchdog on Wall Street and founder of Markowski Investments.

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My suggestion to the candidates and the wimps that run the Republican Party would be to embrace the bias. Take it and defeat it head on. It will toughen you up, plus it will endear you to the American people who have to deal with that stacked deck, unfair world every day.
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