The fate of the losers

A conservative friend of mine is of the opinion that in life there are but two kinds of people: Winners and losers.

Everybody loves a winner! We root for them at every opportunity; we sing their praises; we tell of their exploits to our children, and our children’s children.

What happens to losers is much more complex. We forget about them; other times, we hope against hope that they’ll win “next year.” There are times when we get so involved with certain beloved Losers that they become the stuff of legend. Mostly, however, we just forget about them.

In life, there are people who start out as winners but end up as losers. Far less often, losers can turn into winners.

Winners, so long as they continue to win, go on to bigger and better things.

If they keep losing, losers end up with less and less.

How much less should the “average loser” receive?

Should losers starve, go homeless, or die . . . all because they are losers?

Should the odds be stacked against certain classes of citizens, guaranteeing that more of “those people” become Losers than other groups do?

Congress is making decisions that impact these very important questions right now, before our very eyes.

Even as this letter is being written, the Supreme Court is deciding just how the Constitution, our Rules for the Game of Life, applies to winners and losers alike.

The president is working hard to implement the laws Congress enacts, and to make sure that what is done stays within the bounds set by the Supreme Court.

If you think that losers should “just go away,” I’d like you to consider what would happen to you if you lost your job, your health, your freedom … for whatever reason … and became a loser. If you became a Loser, what would you want to happen to you? Would you want to be relegated to the dung-heap of society? Or would you want help to be available for people just like you who, for whatever reason, become losers?

Think about it, and then make sure you’re registered to vote that you have all the required paperwork that you get involved in the political process and that you vote, not just in 2014, but in every election, at every level, every time.

Stanley Gould


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