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      The United States plays a golf tournament, called the Ryder Cup, against qualifying countries in all of Europe. It also plays the President's Cup, against an international team of professional golfers. One country, against the World you might say. And of course, the United States doesn't always win. But the best available players always compete, as do the best in Europe and the international community. And the players try their hardest for their country and for themselves, even though there is no money won by the victors. And since the tournaments began, the United States has been the leading country in players, tournaments, and golf courses, by far.
      I wonder, what if the United States Golf Association, the ruling body of golf in the U.S., one day decided that it wasn't important that America was a strong golf competitor, that there was no need to try to be a leading voice in the world of golf, or a need to be great, let alone to have the players in other countries admire, respect, and expect the toughest competition from American golfers? What if the USGA just decided to back off and try to help other countries gain a better foothold in golf, help them develop their golfers to become equal to the USA? In other words, be happy with mediocre golf players, having less influence in competition, and just stop trying to be the best. Just players of equal talent. The USGA would call this "a level playing field."
      When you think about it, doesn't that sound a lot like what the President of the United States is trying to do? To bring the U.S. down, not be respected and/or feared by terrorist states or ideological enemies, not to have those who were once allies look up to America for aid and assistance in times of threats of war or aggression, and be willing to aid and abet the U.S. in times of need. Does the President not want Americans to have an armed force ready and willing to fight if necessary? To not know there would always be a country willing to stand up to aggression? To not be the "leader of the free world," only another player? To not be the best country, just another run of the mill? Is the "reluctant warrior" just riding out his term of office, trying not to have his legacy even more tarnished with other bad decisions, or no decisions at all? He might ask, "Can't we all just be equal?"
      In the world of golf, decisions are usually not globally dangerous, but the President has as his options to lead, follow, or do neither. I believe he has made his choice, which is globally disastrous. -Laramie Boyd