Coach Dave Daubenmire
June 4, 2009
Affirmative Action—the positive steps taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in areas of employment, education, and business from which they have been historically excluded. When those steps involve preferential selection—selection on the basis of race, gender, or ethnicity—affirmative action generates intense controversy.
I hate having to deal with hometown referees. Nothing is more frustrating than to see your favorite team be robbed by a bad call. It is, in a sense, a miscarriage of justice.
“You homer!” I have heard more than one fan scream at an umpire or referee who just demonstrated bad judgment on a particular call. “How much are they paying you?” The fans scream at the prospect of justice being sold to the highest bidder.
The rules are what make athletics so pure. Everyone plays within the same parameters; three strikes and you’re out, three outs per inning, nine innings per game, foul lines, ground rules, stolen bases, 90 feet, 60 feet 6 inches, balks, bunts, interference. It is the rules that keep the game “fair” and universally, everyone plays by the same rules.
At least that is the way that it was until the social engineers got involved.
Can you imagine playing in a basketball game where the rules are constantly in a state of indiscriminate flux? How about a game where the height of the basket was different for each player on the court --10 feet high for tall people, but only 6 feet for those shorter than 5’6”, and only 4 feet high if the shooter couldn’t speak English-- with the standards changing every game because each game had a new set of referees?
Or worse yet. What if each team got 2 points per basket, unless the opponents weren’t as accomplished as shooters and to make the “playing field more even” they were awarded 10 points every time they “tickled the twine?”
Punishing the best team by giving extra rewards to the worse team may make the score appear to be close, but it would ultimately destroy the integrity of the game. Golf has a way of equalizing the good players and the bad players. It is called “handicapping.” Handicapping would be the way to make a golf match between me and Tiger Woods appear to be close…perhaps even enable me to win…but there would be no doubt to the viewers who the best player was.
Handicapping may work fine in athletics, but in the real world it is called discrimination. Discrimination, we are told by the social experts, is wrong. Unless of course it is used to benefit the “less fortunate” and then it is necessary to make the American playing field level. Except it isn’t level. It is tilted in favor of one team and even though it may make the score closer, and the game seems more balanced, the truth is one team had to run uphill while the other team ran down.
“Reverse discrimination” is the name they gave it. Sort of like reverse thievery. I can steal from you but you can’t steal from me. Reverse discrimination is cheating…except the referees (judges) say it is within the rules. “I can steal from you because my relatives were stolen from by someone who resembled you.”
Like everything else it started benignly enough. They couldn’t call it cheating, so they gave it nice names like “rules modification,”“handicapping,” or “means testing.” I saw it rear its ugly head when our son began Little League baseball and they stopped keeping score, determining winners, and started giving every child a trophy merely for playing. Schools began to teach “fairness”, college tests scores began to “factor in” “extenuating” circumstances, and eventually businesses were forced to “handicap” certain standards when hiring and promoting.
It was out and out favoritism at work only they gave it a fancy moniker, “affirmative action,” thereby justifying giving one person an unnatural advantage over another. They didn’t change the playing field, merely tilted it, in the name of “fairness.”
That’s why I love sports. When Roger Maris beat Babe Ruth’s single season home-run mark they put an asterisk besides the record because Maris did it in 162 games while “The Bambino” only played 154. I often brag about my own feat of having scored 45 points in a high school basketball game in 1970 by adding this caveat “and that was before the 3 point line was introduced.” I want everyone to know that if my high school record is ever broken it will happen within a different set of boundaries than my feat was accomplished.
Rules, standards, and weights and measures are what bring credibility to society. (Ever hear this “a million dollars ain’t what it used to be.”) Change the standards and one loses all historical perspective. Barry Bonds will never get in the Hall of Fame because of his steroid use. He violated the standards of the game. Hank Aaron is the home-run king, no matter how many Barry hits.
Which brings me to Sonia Satomayor and “affirmative justice.” The same folks who screwed up Little League Baseball are now screwing up this nation. We are being told that in order for “justice” to be applied “fairly” it is important that those judging the law come from different backgrounds and life experiences. Evidently, thou shall not murder takes on a new meaning if you come from a different set of “life experiences.”
Murder is murder if you happen to shoot your wife’s lover, but “affirmative justice” says that killing a baby in the womb is not murder but “choice.” It is one’s “life experience” that determines the virtue of the action, not the legal principle upon which the law was built. (A man can’t say abortion is murder because he has never been pregnant.) “Affirmative justice” rules on motive, rather than law. This belief is expressed in the statement by “affirmative judge” Sonia Satomayor:
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."
You see, what is most important in today’s lawless culture is not the law itself, but rather, one’s perspective on the law. In other word’s, “affirmative umpiring” has interjected itself into our legal system. It no longer matters what the rules of the game are, but rather who the umpire is favoring when he makes his call. “I felt I should call the hit a fair ball even though it landed outside the line because I once had a hit taken away even though the replay later should it to be fair.” (In baseball terms we would say that the umpire is “making up” for a call he blew earlier.) That is what “life experiences” bring to the rule of law. “Life experiences” tilt the scales of justice. Lady Justice is no longer blind. Her eyes are wide open, she is alert, and she is full of unique “life experiences.” Seeking justice in a court of law is now a crap-shoot. You have to pray for a referee who will call them as he feels them…and that he feels like you.
If the purpose of the courts is to bring about “fairness” in our legal system by the “leveling of the playing field” don’t you think all “life experiences” should be “on the field” when the call is made? How about a judge who:
Survived an abortion that came about as a result of rape or incest.
• Was saved from death because a passerby had a conceal carry permit.
• Once lost out on a job because of racial quotas.
• Had a child who was sodomized by porno-crazed pedophile.
• Lost everything to an IRS inquisition.
• Had his home seized through imminent domain.
• Had once been a homosexual by now happily lived as a heterosexual.
• Was suspended from school for praying and chose to be homeschooled.
• Had a child who was violated by an “undocumented” worker.
• Had fought against his mother being starved to death by a court order.
• Is short, eats too much, wears glasses, born with buck teeth, and picks his nose.
The principle of Lex Rex “the law is king” has been overthrown. Personal opinion now trumps the law and life experience grants one permission to “bend the rules.”
For the last 100 years America has been following the “opinions” of judges rather than the rule of law. “A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.”
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If Major League Baseball believes that unchanging standards are important for the “integrity of the game” why wouldn’t we think the same rule applies to the application of civil law? The rules of the American system of justice are now being umpired by a bunch of “homers.” The law is meaningless, perspective is everything, and the king is dead.
“In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” -Judges 17:6
Right or wrong? Fair or foul? You make the call.
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Coach Dave Daubenmire, founder and President of Pass The Salt Ministries www.ptsalt.com and Minutemen United www.minutemenunited.org, is host of the high octane Pass The Salt radio show heard in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1999 Coach Daubenmire was sued by the ACLU for praying with his teams while coaching high school in Ohio. He now spends his energy fighting for Christian principles in the public domain.