It can be argued that the National Football League or NFL for short has replaced Major League Baseball (MLB) as our country’s national pastime.
As a sports enthusiast, I win either way as I am a huge Boston Red Sox fan (Yastrzemski, Rice, Boggs, Clemens, Schilling, Ortiz, etc) and I love watching the NFL each week with my family.
Nevertheless, I digress.
There is an unofficial axiom in the NFL known as the “Rookie Rule.”
In essence, the NFL rookie rule states that for every freshman player that you place in the starting lineup, you will invariable lose one or more games due to their lack of seasoning and professional play experience.
This is one of the reasons that most teams do not start many rookies at the Quarterback position. The late great coach of the San Francisco 49ers Mr. Bill Walsh stated that it takes anywhere from 3 to 5 years before a solid college Quarterback prospect is ready for serious NFL play.
Some of the things that Mr. Walsh stated are that everything from the speed of the game, to the snap count, and to the Quarterback’s footwork has to be relearned. The level of adaptation on the NFL level is staggering.
Most NFL Quarterbacks prospects will sit out most of their first year or at the very least they do not begin to start until late in their rookie season.
New England Patriots fans will remember that Tom Brady did not begin his rise to NFL stardom until Drew Bledsoe got injured and until he had been in the league for about 2 years.
The NFL rookie rule could be applied to other areas of life.
A Question to ponder – Do we really want a “Rookie” to receive the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the midst of all of the national crises that we are experiencing as a nation?
Is this the time to vote for a “political novice” to lead our nation on the world scene?
Please listen before you tune me out.
In the past, America has voted for unorthodox men for the Presidency of the United States. Most of the time, these men had been military generals who displayed tremendous acts of leadership, courage, and valor under enormous pressure. Here are a few examples:
- General George Washington (1732-99)…
All throughout his adult life from the French & Indian War (1756-63) to the onset of the American Revolution, Mr. Washington displayed unparalleled excellence and team rallying brilliance.
The American colonists were not gambling by unanimously selecting George Washington as our nation’s first President
- General Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)…
He was known as “Old Hickory.” Out of all of the three freshman rookies running for President, Mr. Trump reminds this writer the most of “Old Hickory.” Both men are and were known for their volatile tempers. Both men pursued “scorched earth” policies with regarding how they dispatch of their enemies. And neither “Old Hickory” nor The Donald ever backed down from a fight.
The major difference between the two men is that General Andrew Jackson showed tremendous military genius and leadership during the War of 1812 against Great Britain and during our nation’s early skirmishes with Spain in what is now known as modern-day Florida.
Question #2 – Does making a lot of money mean that you would be a great President? The jury is still out on this assessment.
- Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)…
Our nation went outside of the box when Mr. Lincoln was elected as the 16th President and as the first Republican President of the United States in 1860.
In many ways, Mr. Lincoln was a political novice of sorts.
He served one (perhaps two terms) term in the Illinois legislature; he served one term in the United States Congress (he subsequently loss his bid for reelection to Congress); and he lost at least one bid for the United States Senate against the great orator Stephen A. Douglas (this was the Illinois US Senate election of 1858).
However, in retrospect, our nation received a blessing in disguise with Lincoln’s election to the Presidency in 1860.
The unbelievable levels of hardship that Lincoln experienced in his lifetime are legendary…
- Lincoln had a somewhat schizophrenic wife
- 3 of his four children died before they reached the age of 18
- Old “Abe” experienced bankruptcy more than once… and he lost more than one election.
These numerous setbacks and vicissitudes of life were the necessary trials and tribulations that prepared him for the succession of the Southern pro-Slavery States (beginning with South Carolina) along with the heavy carnage that ensued as a by-product of the “Civil War” – or if you will the “War Between The States” (1860-65). This 4 year period nearly destroyed The United States of America.
Question # 3 – Does the fact that one is a brilliant “Neurosurgeon” automatically qualify one to be President of The United States?
Final Question – Can a person move from being a successful CEO of a major technological corporation (for the purpose of full disclosure I worked for Hewlett-Packard from 2001 to 2004 before my department was downsized – Smile!) and into “The White House?”
In the NFL, rookie mistakes will cost you a few games, but eventually your team can recover in the years to come.
However, major “Rookie” mistakes from the Executive Branch could lead our nation into (a.) an “Economic Dunkirk” or (b.) a tumultuous series of wars or a “World War III” scenario in which there may not be an immediate or viable recovery.
May GOD Bless You!