My Team is in the Playoffs for the First Time in NFL History and all I can Think About is the Iowa CaucusSubmitted by RoadtoSurfdom on Tue, 01/03/2012 - 16:26
It's been a long time coming. I've been a Houston Texans fan ever since Reliant Stadium was called "Harris County Stadium" and the team was rumored to have been named the "WildCatters". What the hell a WildCatter was at the time was beyond my limited understanding of speculative mining in areas not known for natural resources. But the Houston team that Bob McNair brought to our fair city was going to be 'my team' regardless, and would replace the Oilers and it's less then humble owner Bud Adams, for the top spot in my narrow sports world view.
I am Mr. Texan. Not that I paint my face and wear bullhorns at the games, as many of my fellow fans proudly do, but that is to say that I am devoted and committed to a team who has been less than competitive over the past 10 years. I know the details of every player that every person who would consider him or herself a self described 'true fan' would know about. People can ask me anything and I can typically give them the right answer about my team.
As I lament about the years of under-performance, mistakes, heart wrenching turnovers, and bad coaching from both sides of the ball, I am uplifted at the opportunity to make a run at something we've never done before. Even with the injuries hurting our chances at a legitimate playoff run, there is a chance of actually pulling out something special in the playoffs. So there is hope.
But that hope for a team of million dollar men who I'll most likely never meet, will undoubtedly never know, and who is a team composed of individuals that are compensated handsomely to play a professional game that I'd willingly play for free, has taken a back seat to something much bigger, much greater, and vastly more important.
I am consumed with Liberty. I live on the DailyPaul.com. It's up the entire day on my computer. It is as though in the last 6 months, I have completed a Masters degree in liberty. I've refreshed all the free market material from Radford University, re-read Hayek, Friedman, Woods, Michael Oakeshott, Eric Voeglin, & Von Mises. There is still a long way to go with many more to read. Always more.
My college professor once wrote:
"Politics is the study of the ways in which human beings organize themselves in order to live. It therefore must be concerned with questions that are both very theoretical and very practical. What does it mean to live a fully human life? Is the end or purpose of life happiness or something else? Do we understand ourselves or are we strangers to ourselves? In what ways do we need one another in order to live well and what do owe one another as a consequence? What are the implications of these needs and obligations for how we organize our personal, political and economic lives?
Liberal education is about the preparation of souls which are mature and responsible since freedom in the absence of these qualities can lead to conflict and unhappiness just as easily as it can lead to fulfillment and peace. Yet we must remember that the mature and responsible person may be an outcast in a community that does not value such things. So this is about more than citizenship as conventionally understood - telling the truth and obeying the law. It is about that ultimately mysterious movement in the soul of human beings that cause us to seek what is true and beautiful and to have faith that the existence of such things is not an illusion.
Because such an education is rare and elusive and little valued in this (or any other) age, each classroom is a small microcosm of the order and disorder that constitutes life for almost all of us. [An educator's] hope is that in examining a variety of interesting questions from a variety of interesting sources, students will begin or further the process of the Platonic periagoge, a "turning around" that will lead them to richer and deeper lives and friendships - the heart of the true "college experience."
I will be happy if the Texans win on Saturday. I will be there, with all my mates, cheering on my team. I will also not feel any sadness for the Bengals in their loss. My team has won. But Saturday's festivities, with all it's hype and flare, will be overshadowed by Ron Paul's victory tonight in Iowa.
Here's to Victory, Ron Paul, and the restoration of Liberty to America!
~Danny Rosato in Sugarland Texas