Being a gracious winner is overrated and there’s nothing improper with being a sore loser.
So far as being a “sore” loser goes, present this author a “good” loser, and he’ll present you a loser. There’s nothing improper with letting a loss bug you and eat away at you, particularly if it helps present some much-needed life motivation.
(Society may stand to learn from fairly a bit extra of that kind of disgrace and introspection, however that’s neither right here nor there.)
So far as the way it’s overrated to be a gracious winner … Look, sportsmanship and decorum clearly have their place in civilized society.
However there are occasions when powerful love — or “powerful grace,” if you’ll — isn’t simply advisable, however virtually crucial.
Take, for instance, the biting victory speech put forth by the brand new Houston mayor, John Whitmire.
As reported on by the Houston Chronicle, Mayor-elect Whitmire handily beat Sheila Jackson Lee in a landslide win, 64.4 % to 35.6 % in a particular election Saturday evening, and didn’t pull punches when describing his fellow Democrat in a victory speech.
“Folks need to go to work for me as a result of we respect individuals. We don’t bully individuals,” Whitmire mentioned in a Saturday evening victory speech, per the Chronicle. “My household taught me to deal with individuals the way in which you need to be handled, and that works wherever you might be, no matter what neighborhood you’re visiting with.
“Deal with these people such as you need to be handled.”
Whitmire was clearly referring to an October audio leak that uncovered some ugly habits from Lee. The audio leaks revealed a voice that many suppose is Lee, berating staffers in a positively degrading approach.
Elsewhere in his victory speech, Whitmire famous how “fed up” he was with Lee’s fixed boasting and bragging, notably when it got here on the expense of different Democrats within the native delegation.
Whitmire, whereas nonetheless a Democrat (and subsequently not totally reliable), at the very least appears to know a fundamental actuality of the trendy American society: Individuals are sick and bored with being sick and drained in regards to the partisan hackery that has consumed American politics.
Individuals are hurting — and painfully reminded of that reality through the time of yr the place items are anticipated to be bought — and don’t have the time or persistence to see grown adults squabbling like kids as a substitute of passing laws to enhance their lives.
And due to that, how can anybody discover fault with Whitmire’s potshots at Lee in his victory speech?
No matter one might consider the Democratic Celebration, it’s inarguable that swathes of America will seemingly at all times stay underneath some semblance of deep blue management. Provided that, even Republicans and independents ought to be demanding extra of that celebration — and never more theatrics.
A fawning, congratulatory victory speech from Whitmire would solely embolden the worst behaviors of Lee and additional harm her constituents.
Making use of some disgrace — assuming Lee has any — and strain is strictly what any right-minded Democrat ought to be doing.
And to be clear, this isn’t an solely Democrat downside. There are many Republicans (some in identify solely) who’re much more enamored with shallow model than precise substance.
It’s excessive time the American authorities began working for People once more, as a substitute of specializing in itself.
If it takes “sore winners” to be the brokers of change for that, so be it.
This text appeared initially on The Western Journal.