JOHN DOWNS

Winning Isn't Everything. It's the Only Thing

Posted By: John Downs · 11/7/2012 4:54:00 PM

The election is over. Time to fix America right? Good luck.

In a world where many of us consider the endgame to be victory for all, it's become glaringly clear that can never happen with one group so focused on victory for themselves.

For them, this wasn't about choosing a leader to pull America and the rest of the world together. It was about fulfilling their own vision to elect a man whose victory would serve their own interests.  

While not all Republicans and conservatives are part of the problem, too many have chosen "victory at any cost" as their mantra. And, you can be sure, leaving their opponents in the dust is their ultimate goal.

The litmus test is simple: Identify the individuals who support social or economic initiatives that in no way directly benefit themselves. Separate them from the pack, and what remains are globules of greed so thirsty for power and money they'll do just about anything - including subverting democracy - just to win.

But anyone who actually understands what winning truly means also knows how short-sighted that approach can be.

Lance Armstrong wanted victory at any cost. Enough said.

Any individual with a shrewd, thoughtful or principled bone in his or her body knows Barack Obama is right.

"What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights."

There are individuals who have the right to make thwarting the President their top priority. But it's clear those people have failed to identify their responsibilities as Americans.

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