For those of us who live in the Kansas City area, yesterday was a special occasion. Our professional baseball team won the World Series after a thirty year drought and the fans poured into downtown to watch the Royals parade through the city. What they had to overcome, after so many years of losing, is miraculous and the perfect metaphor for a larger theme I would like to share with you. What the Royals did is just a microcosm of what America needs to do and the perfect example of how to do it. Let’s examine how this success story came about.
The last time the Royals won the championship of baseball was in 1985. They never even made it back to the playoffs until last year. Abysmal is the only word to describe what kind of baseball was played here for many, many years. When David Glass bought the team, his first reaction was to run it like he ran WalMart, by the numbers. It seemed his only goal was to not lose money. I guess that’s why he’s got billions. Eventually the losing got to him and he made a monumental decision to stop listening to all the bean counters who kept telling him that a small market baseball team was a terrible investment. He found himself a bright young guy named Dayton Moore and gave him his marching orders, win a world championship. Mr. Moore took the challenge and promptly spent a lot of the money Mr. Glass had made at WalMart. The process was painfully slow and quarterly earnings were nowhere to be found as the years of losing continued. They even traded away their best player, who wanted out of KC. In return they got some prospects who later became American League Championship Series Most Valuable Players these last two seasons. And then, they won it all by defeating the NY Mets in New York City last Sunday night. This is a classic example of rags to riches made possible by a bunch of relentless midwestern people who just refused to give up in spite of all the naysayers. It would be a great movie but we just got to see it in real life.
Now, let me explain why America needs to follow this example. We’ve been in a slump for a long time. Leaderless government, political infighting, societal problems and a dangerous world have been a dark cloud hanging over us for many decades. The media experts and the bean counters all think we can’t be the America of our forefathers. They’re wrong. They think we will never be winners again. They’re wrong. They think we don’t care anymore. They’re really wrong. Hell, if the KC Royals can get up off the mat and get a knockout victory, so can America.
Here’s how we did it here in KC and now we’ve proven the prototype works. We need the investor class, the 1%, the rich folks to step up and bet on the future of this country. They’re going to have to forget about their quarterly earnings for a few years but the long-term potential is out there. They need to invest in things like infrastructure and alternative energy solutions and companies that make things. They need to hire more people and pay them a living wage so those workers can become customers who drive the economy. We need the colleges to teach practical skills that America’s companies desperately need and at a price that all good students can afford. Then the middle class will do our part to keep it going. The middle class doesn’t want a hand out, we just want to work hard, take care of our families and be able to pay our own way in life. We want to be part of something greater than any of us can achieve by ourselves and we want to participate in the American dream. Government should exist to make that possible for all of us. We just need to know that we’re all in the game together. We will cheer for each other every step of the way because that’s what being a team is all about. America works best when we all do our part. The rich invest, the middle class does the work and eventually even the poor get raised up by a rising tide of prosperity. And one more thing, what do you suppose the Royals are worth now to Mr. Glass?
Trust me, this is entirely possible but it’s not going to happen overnight. There will be pain and hardship and much patience will be required but isn’t the future of this great country worth it? Don’t you want to be part of the most amazing turnaround in the history of the world? Listen to those words President Kennedy used to inspire us – we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of freedom. Freedom is what makes America great.
Let’s go, America. We can do this.
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