Election 2016: Of Winners and Losers

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 8.49.58 AMAfter the second debate, mass media pundits said that Hillary Clinton won because Trump stayed in the ring, fighting – meaning that had he fallen and been substituted with e.g. Mike Pence, the race would be winnable for the Republicans. This is a false concept of winning, based on a culture of consolation trophies.

As Rocky said: “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” (Rocky Balboa/Sly to his son in “Rocky 6”)

What Rocky meant to say is that it is not about survival as such. If your opponent suffers a knockout in the first round, thirty seconds into the fight, the viewers will question whether it was just a lucky strike, a “surprise blow.” Real Champions are tested by the journey, the entire war, not based on a lucky strike in one battle.

There is an undeniable track of losses in Clinton’s history: Russia’s “reset” was hardly a win; Iraq’s fall to ISIS and the latter’s spread around the world is clearly as great a loss as any; the Iran-Russia-Syria coalition against the United States changes geopolitical geography as much as the formation of Warsaw Pact did; Libya’s overthrow of Khadafy and Clinton’s tacitly supplying arms to ISIS in north Africa, as well as the fall of Europe to the Muslim invasion… those cannot be called “wins” for our civilization by any standard or measure.

Hillary Clinton lost every round she has ever fought, including the fight for her husband and for the black people. 400 signatures on individual pieces of legislature mean nothing – as nothing has changed for the common people. Her stating this as an accomplishment merely reflects her distorted view of what leadership means: rule from above, limiting individual growth, responsibility, sense of achievement.

What is more, comparing Donald Trump to a dictator as some uneducated NBC/CNN anchors do, is a testimony to their utter ignorance and indoctrination. Dictators become rich in office. Dictators take the money of special interests and chop off their heads when they reach a position of power. Dictators disregard laws and pass executive orders and “BigGov Care” pieces of comprehensive legislature no-one can read under false pretense of achievement…

What puzzles me is people like Mitt Romney coming out against Donald Trump. Let us recall that in the 2012 race, when Romney pointed out that “the government picks losers” (e.g. Solyndra), the media had an easy job finding out that while the government lost (i.e. government-chosen companies went to bankruptcy 8% of the time), Romney’s Bain Capital did so 22% of the time, which is 1 in 5 companies Bain picked while Romney was in charge went bankrupt.

Romney should have replied that there is no comparison between free market and government subsidized businesses. He should have cited Hayek, perhaps even Orwell – building nonsensical windmills in order to do what exactly? Show how powerful one is? Romney failed to do so, just as he failed to fight back in the ring when Ms. Crowley sided with Obama. This makes Romney a loser. What makes him a “sore loser” is his current attitude and lack of the ability to learn from his loss.

By comparison, McCain is not a loser because Obama had had no record (e.g. of picking Solyndra), was a new kid on the block, had charisma – 100% of blacks had voted for him then. McCain should never have said “You need not be afraid of Obama… he is a good man,” (to paraphrase) – because you simply do not do that while the battle goes on. Can you imagine General Grant saying to President Lincoln: “We need not be afraid of Lee. I know him, he is a good man.” Or imagine General Patton saying that about Keisel; or, better still, imagine Churchill (saying the same) about Hitler. Neville Chamberlain actually did so, even as he was shaking Mussolini’s hand in Munich in 1938… How did that go for him? He became one of the biggest losers in history!

But all is allowed in love and war – and politics, they say, for war is a continuation of politics by other means (to cite von Clausewitz). For example, the North would never have won over the South had it not been for intelligence, good luck, and equally-minded perseverance. Here is an example of luck: when the Northern armies discovered the three cigar scrolls General Lee wrapped his orders in for General Hill before Antietam, the outcome was determined by luck. But one cannot rely on luck. Today: three “c” classified emails in the hands of our enemies can destroy the country… Negligence may kill. Winners are not negligent.

As an Olympic athlete, I can tell you one thing: you may see those on the podium as winners, but the fact is that they have lost as many times as anyone. What they did differently? They stayed in the ring and took the blows. They learned from their mistakes, improved and persevered. Luck? Luck is important, which is why athletes pray. However, it is 90% hard work and perseverance, 5% talent, and 5% luck. One cannot prepare for every eventuality, but one can prepare for the most likely one.

Finally, no real winner relies on bad luck for his or her opponent. No real winner relies on how the other competitor is prepared. No real winner relies on luck, period. Most of all, no real winner wins by cheating. One who stands on the podium at the end of the race/fight/debate grinning like a rat, all pumped up with prohibited substances, doing whatever they have done – for fame and money… those are not winners. Those are real losers.

At the end of the day, winners are our heroes – not because they always win, but because they have the strength of character, the willpower to persevere, the strength to admit to fault and correct their mistakes. Winners are genuine and true. Winners are not perfect and do not always win, but they persevere. Donald Trump has not only all that – he also has the strength and grit to recognize it in his opponent. He is like General Grant in that he never underestimates his foe. He is like Winston Churchill in that he calls a spade a spade when it matters. He is also like a common man in that he has his weaknesses, slips and falls at times – but always picks himself up from the ground and keeps on punching. Speak of winners and losers – ha – this contest is not even a close call!

Dr. Sarah Condor

Sarah P. Condor-Fisher, Ph.D., Esq., LL.M. grew up in communist Czechoslovakia. When she was 17, she was apprehended crossing the border, cross-interrogated by the Secret Police (KGB) and jailed. She studied MA in philosophy at University College London, she holds BA and MA in English and Ph.D. in American Literature and Literary Criticism. She is also a practicing California attorney with her own law firm. Dr. Condor-Fisher published over 50 books of non-fiction, fiction and poetry. She is also a former Olympic swimmer, USMS National Breaststroke Champion, Miss World and Miss USA in natural bodybuilding (INBA).

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