An American Tiger Story

I was golfing with my son yesterday when he told me about Tiger Wood’s reemergence on the PGA tour. My immediate reaction was that it was too soon given all that has happened in his life. Walking the course while thinking about Tiger’s story I began to see a correlation between Tiger and our national dilemma.  Like Tiger, we have responded to a problem with what I believe to be a quick fix. I fear this is a mistake no different than Tiger’s efforts to get the worst behind him as quickly as possible without any truly hard sacrifices. He and we are reacting rather than acting. We are both lost in a sea of demands and commitments based on something which no longer exists as we know it.

Tiger Woods is probably the greatest golfer of our time but as we all know, he has fallen from a high place to something more human. Like Tiger, America’s story seems to have followed a similar yet longer trajectory. Starting with talent and building with skill, luck and will, our two stories have merged at this moment in time. One is the same as the other. This is a time where the images of both Tiger and our Republic have fallen from grace. No longer representing a thousand points of light on a hill, our converging stories now appear to be fading in the west.

Like Tiger, our story began with a bang and brought attention from the world to something new and exciting. I am not only one of Tiger’s fans, but also of our Republic as they both represent everything that is great about mankind. Unfortunately both stories represent the fallibility of mankind as well.

I for one am hopeful and optimistic for both Tiger and America. We are still both great and really haven’t lost the ingredients which made us both so great in the first place. For now, like Tiger, I think we need to get back to basics and start anew. Like America, Tiger needs to start over by finding himself again, embrace what family he has and rise from the ashes of his failures. This will take time. Like Tiger, America needs to do something quite similar by looking deep into our origins for the catalyst which drove our framers to become something new and great.

Unfortunately for us both, this path will be long and difficult but the rewards are uncountable and wonderful. The reality of both of our dilemmas is that quick fixes aren’t going to work and hard work, compromise and discipline are the order of the day. We can do this Tiger!

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