POLITICS AND INSTANT REPLAY

We aren’t perfect and we aren’t going to be. But we expect it of our sports officials and our politicians. Think about that!

Throughout the history of sport we recognized that officials, while part of the game, are imperfect and make mistakes just like players and coaches. But no more! High definition video and instant replay have us clamoring for perfection at every play.

Endless replay reviews and the commercial revenue they can add have taken enjoyable pastimes and turned them into the long slog that many televised sporting events have become. We watch, we wait and we still don’t get it right all the time. We’re never going to. What was spirited and fun competition has turned into the relentless pursuit of perfection, but only for those who are in authority and administer the rules of the game.

We’ve become a society of spectators who demand errorless performance. We do it in politics, too.

We sit back and watch politicians in campaigns or actual job performance and expect them to be error free as well. If the official is not perfect according to our expectations, admittedly at times set by the official’s own campaign, we are ready to break out the pitchforks and torches.

We’ve become intolerant of perceived errors and have lost the ability to seek common ground solutions. Forget talking through the intricacies of a situation, the official must get it right and never falter.

That, also, never happens. Elected officials are people, too. They err and most will try to rectify those mistakes.

This week we got the instant replay of the Trump campaign and the president’s term in office thus far. And the replay officials have ruled that there was no collusion and no obstruction of justice.

Now that the replay review is over can we get back to trying to run the country?

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