It has been 108 years since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series and there are no shortage of articles written about the differences between then and now. Perhaps the biggest difference personally is that I was not alive when they won. My mother wasn’t alive! I think my grandparents were alive.
The Cubs came together to beat the Cleveland Indians in game 7 of the World Series. They faced an uphill battle to get there as the Indians led the series with 3 games. One loss and the Cubs were out. Both teams were “due,” both teams deserved to win. Only one team could win. It could just have easily gone the other way. A single ball that bounced differently and the Indians would have ended their World Series losing streak. It was not about which team was better because they were both amazing. It was a lot of perseverance and a bit of luck that put the Cubs above the Indians 8-7 in the bottom of the 10th inning. It was by far the most exciting game I have ever seen. It was truly a historic moment.
My point is that the Cubs won when the nation needed them to win. We need something to believe in, because we are in the middle of an election year that is perhaps one of the most divisive and destructive this country has ever seen. This year, unlike earlier years, politics have been especially bad. There is so much hatred and back biting between the two parties that I worry the nation may never be the same. I worry the nation might never heal. I hope I am wrong. Both parties are so busy trying to destroy each other that they forget that they eventually will have to work together. They forget about the real people affected by their decisions.
We need to be more like the Cubs, we need to work together to overcome the difficulties that we face. Sure there will be moments when the ball could bounce the other way, but with the same level of perseverance and a bit of luck we can win too. We need leaders who are willing to make the hard decisions so that their constituents lives improve. The decisions that will benefit the constituents the most are the decisions that are likely to help the politician’s the least. For instance, term limits, it is my firm belief that just like the President, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate should be limited to 6 terms for Congressmen and 2 terms for Senators. Both would get to serve for at most 12 years. No more career politicians. The higher turnover would need more people to get involved in the legislative process. The problem is, the politicians would have to pass an amendment to the Constitution and the law would be adverse to their interests. Perhaps some day there will be enough law makers courageous enough to go against the status quo and pass that amendment.