Not long ago, I wrote a piece defending the NFL’s replacement refs. At the time my opinion was not based on the performance of the officiating crews, but that they were a group of brave souls contributing to our enjoyment in the face of an NFL unable to solve its own problems. As the play of the NFL continues to fall apart under the officiating of the replacement refs, my opinion remains the same. The replacement refs are doing their best with the limited NFL experience. Instead we are seeing is a further example of a complete breakdown of leadership.
The integrity of the game and its officiating is the sole responsibility of the commissioner and the owners. Their lack of leadership in the face of their extreme arrogance is leading to the downfall of the NFL. They have a product that is broken and rather then step-up and fix what is wrong they have decided to peddle the sub-par performance as if this is the best they can offer. The commissioner himself is to be held accountable for the debacle that was the NFL. If he were a leader, this issue would have been resolved and his product would have met and maintained the expectations of the fans.
The funny thing about leadership is that its departure from any area of life tends to lead to the same chaotic consequences. In the home, as in the NFL, when a leader is not found the family rules breakdown and its lack of guidance usually has a negative affect on outcomes. When a business finds itself with a void in leadership, much the same actions occur; a breakdown in company policy, no future guidance and in the end a negative impact on the service or product that business produces. As such we are seeing the same consequences within the current government of the United States. We have elected a group of people whom are incapable of leading and we are seeing breakdowns in areas that government is involved.
In a parallel with the situation involving the NFL and the role of the commissioner; the President holds the role of guiding the leadership within our government. Also as if to be mirror images of each other, both leaders have decided to take a wait and see approach to the situations that are having adverse affects on the product they represent. Since the President has chosen to take a back seat or voting present position to the issues plaguing the US we have seen a Federal Reserve willing to chance inflation and credit down grades by printing money. We have seen more people join the welfare line than the employment line. A US ambassador was killed and dragged through the streets. (that deserves repeating) OBAMA'S LACK OF LEADERSHIP CREATED A SITUATION WHERE OUR OWN AMBASSADOR WAS KILLED. Lastly, he lacks the leadership to both pass a budget and any meaningful reform; instead, he resorts to replacement budgets and Executive Orders that bypass the will of the people.
While the NFL has a chance to turn around the mistakes they have made with little concern for lasting affects. Unfortunately for you and I, the Obama leadership void is not one to easily fix. It will take time to restrict both spending and the growth in our debt. It will take time for our economy to recover from his recovery. It will take time to store the global strength of the US.
The NFL monopoly greatly restricts the ability of the common fan from changing those empty suits occupying leadership positions; however, as an electorate we can make a change in the US Government. The further decline in the NFL might be shouldered by the Commissioner; yet, the further decline in the United States is shouldered by the voting public. Let’s not allow another four years of replacement representatives be responsible for our Country.