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Take one for the team, Donald

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Friday, January 11, 2019

I was at a basketball practice. To improve shooting from the foul-line, the coach instituted a drill. If the player didn’t make the shot, the rest of the team had to run relays or do push-ups. This was for every player and every shot. It was grueling.

There were lessons, but the one that was paramount was the consequences others endure for the action of one. That ability to reflect on one’s own behavior and the cost it imposes on teammates is worth far more than points.

That lesson is a necessity to the most powerful player in the world. Is it in his skill set?

President Trump told us he was proud to shut-down the government, not over border security, but for his “Mexico will pay for it” wall. He also said that the people most effected by the shutdown were some of the strongest supporters of his wall. Prove it. Now he is threatening to bypass Congress and defund the military to pay for the Trump wall. Good idea?

It’s a statistical fact that border security is viewed as a necessity by the majority of Americans. I certainly agree. But building a wall and the government shut-down are not.

Our president is poised at the foul line on the day of reckoning. The consequences of his shots are readily apparent to those who are enduring them and to the rest of us who care. But they don’t seem to be in his peripheral vision, wisdom or words. Alas, he seems to fire away with the pride of a rooster, perhaps, a bully.

Possibly with his heel spurs, he never learned to be a team player, never found himself where he would be forced to view his actions through the eyes and hearts of others. It’s his ball, but America’s court.

Alison Lord Stuart

Greenville

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