To get respect you must earn it and give it

We left the winning run stranded on second base and lost the game.  We watched the other team celebrate as we collected our bats, balls, and equipment. In my postgame talk,  I was harsh with the team of teenage boys.  I told them we lost the game. That’s right.  I admit it – I used the word lost.

I did not say we were victory challenged.  I did not say we won but not as much as the other team.  I avoided terms like “moral victory” and stayed away from blaming the umpire.  Heck, I didn’t even say the boys were winners in my eyes.  I simply stated the fact and expected the team to survive.

Fortunately no one melted.  No one had to retreat to his safe space. The sun actually came up the next day but I did look out my window before leaving the house to get the morning paper.  I wanted to make sure the paid protesters were not lurking about.

Can we agree the polls were wrong for the presidential election?  If so, doesn’t it mean Hillary Clinton was never really ever the favorite to win?  Then why do the media insist on positioning President-elect Donald Trump’s victory as an upset?  In order to have an upset win, the chances of losing must be legitimate.  Words mean something.

The media lives in a bubble of self-importance sprinkled with seeds of ego.  Students on college campuses not realized, despite what Mommy and Daddy may have said, the world does not revolve around them.

Both of these groups need to get a grip and grow up. Schools should expel any student who needed to take a day away from classes because of the presidential election results.  Chances are those students will not survive the workforce.  Members of the media should curl up in the fetal position and catatonically rock back-and-forth.  It will be the most useful they have been for their readers in the past decade.

Most students come out of college wanting to change the world.  Someone needs to tell them they can’t do it by holding their breath and hoping someone does it for them.  The media is having a hissy fit that President-elect Trump is “breaking with tradition” by not having pool reporters follow him around.

The media is no longer relevant.  Their relevance went down the drain when they flushed objectivity during the campaign.  President-elect Trump owes the media nothing.  Society owes the bedwetting students nothing.

Both groups must come to grips with a new concept: Earning the right.

Students must earn the right to be heard by actually accomplishing something first – a real accomplishment – not a participation trophy accomplishment.  The media must earn the respect of its readers by covering the news objectively – not making the news, being the news, or opining on the news.  Just cover the news even-handedly and the audience will return.

The media, like the students, cannot demand respect.  They must earn it.

The same is true for the political elite.  This shameless group of charlatans is wringing their hands and demanding respect for the disenfranchised Clinton voters who are presumably barricading themselves in homes, caves, and the nearest Starbucks. Meanwhile they show no respect for the Trump voter – only contempt.

My father always told me “You do not get respect, until you give respect.”  If students want respect they need to give respect.  If the media wants respect, it needs to earn it.  If the political elite wants respect from all voters it needs to give and earn it.

About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 30 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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4 Responses to To get respect you must earn it and give it

  1. w1nt3l says:

    A very simple concept that eludes almost everyone. Money and power alone don’t demand respect.

  2. I like your motto by the way: uncommon sense. And thanks for continuing to visit my blog!

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