Anyone familiar with my back story knows I graduated from Indiana University. The basketball team went undefeated my Senior year and won the National Championship. In recent years, the basketball program fell into disarray following recruiting violations by their then-coach, Kelvin Sampson. The proud tradition of IU basketball went through very hard times as their new coach, Tom Crean, rebuilt the program.
Last year was the first year since the Kelvin Sampson debacle that the Hoosiers appeared to be coming out of the wilderness and becoming a relevant and competitive program again. This year had very high hopes and, after winning the outright Big Ten Championship, eyes were once again focused on the NCAA Championship.
It wasn’t meant to be. IU was defeated by Syracuse last night in their Sweet Sixteen matchup, ending their magnificent drive back to prominence in men’s college basketball. It was a tough loss!
Nonetheless, I want to share a video my son shared with me that exemplifies the enthusiasm that has returned to Indiana University regarding the basketball program. It definitely cheered me up after last night’s devastating loss.
Side note: Why are they called “Hoosiers”? The way I was taught is that the early settlers of Indiana were fairly welcoming when a visitor knocked on their door, calling out “Who’s There?”, but doing so in a much more colloquial fashion, such as “Hoo ‘shere?”
It’s so sad that we allow the leftists in this country to define our belief in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
There was a time, not so long ago, when patriotism was mainstream. Perhaps we need to look back for inspiration!
Several events have occurred recently to signal that respect is no longer a core cultural value in the United States. First, the New York school system has decided that it will no longer suspend students for cussing out a teacher. Then an eighteen-year old reprobate curses at her judge, flips him off and then seems genuinely shocked when he takes offense and gives her even more jail time.
On a more serious level, convicted double-murderer Nathan Burris mocked his death penalty sentence. “I cannot or will not express remorse or regret—it’s not gonna happen,” Burris taunted. “I’m in California, and there ain’t no death penalty in California. The way I see it, I have good 25-30 years left before anything happens.” Burris murdered his ex-girlfriend (who had broken up with him) and a man he suspected was now involved with her. As far as Burris is concerned, he’s got “three hots and a cot” for the rest of his life.
11 February, 2013
I remember my high school civics teaching about the importance of the Magna Carta; for the first time, citizens, albeit the aristocracy, sought to limit the power of a monarch.
I have since learned that our concepts of trial by jury and habeas corpus were first mentioned in that charter; indicating that as early as 1215, men knew there were natural laws even kings shouldn’t violate.
The British Parliament counts its beginning from that day, but the struggle for power between the governed and their governors lasted centuries. Even during the 150 years that the colonists had been in America, Parliament was dissolved and later reinstated, war occurred between monarchs and the church, and a king was tried and executed.
If you haven’t heard about this speech, here is your opportunity to listen to it in full.
Why don’t our politicians have the courage to speak this way?
Getting ready to watch the Super Bowl, I watched a movie, ” We Were Soldiers”.
What do we fight for if not the U.S. Constitution?
Just so y’all know, I’ve been dwelling in the wilderness lately. The home front has not been a welcoming place. All will be resolved within several days to allow me to re-engage soon…from the friendly confines of my own home.
Transitions in life are difficult, but the cause lives on.
28 January, 2013
Writing Gene’s Nickle for the past four years has been a learning experience. The most depressing lesson that recurs is that many of the fundamental concepts of our nation are no longer practiced. Either our schools have failed to teach them, or they have become inconvenient and uncomfortable, and therefore ignored or discarded.
I contend that as a nation, we need to relearn and return to those principles.
Our founders studied and practiced Aristotle’s teachings: to be engaged in politics (influencing the decisions of government) is human nature. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson et.al. expected every citizen to exercise their civic responsibility to influence and limit government.