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The Lesson Of The Amazing Harbaugh Brothers

January 31, 2013 by  


I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. For one week, let’s take a break from President Barack Obama and politics. This week is all about the most popular and celebrated event in the world: the Super Bowl. And there is a very special lesson in this year’s game for all of us to study, learn and implement in our lives.

John and Jim Harbaugh are American idols. They just became the biggest story, on the biggest stage, in sports history: two brothers who rose quickly to the top of their demanding high-profile profession, two brothers who now face off in the biggest event in the world – literally. More than 1 billion people across the globe will be watching as these two brothers, who grew up sharing the same bedroom, fight for victory in the Super Bowl. And because of the made-for-television drama of two brothers fighting for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, this will undoubtedly become the most-watched program in the history of America. There is a gigantic lesson to be learned.

The lesson is the importance of enthusiasm.

It could not come at a better time for Americans experiencing this horrible Obama economy. The reports on debt, taxes, unemployment and foreclosures are dismal. That’s the bad news.

But there’s good news, too. What’s happening around you doesn’t matter. In the Great Depression, amid all the pain and wreckage, there were success stories. It was the greatest wealth transfer in world history. A select few made a fortune. What was the secret? It’s an attitude that enables anyone to beat the odds, to overcome any challenge, to make the impossible possible. Few people have it. Many on the left disparage it. It’s called enthusiasm.

Exhibit A: the Harbaugh brothers, John and Jim. They are just a year apart, and they spent their entire childhood sleeping inches apart in the same bedroom. Today they are National Football League head coaches of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. What are the odds? One in a million? One in a billion? Well the odds before now were zero. Because in the 93-year history of the NFL, it never happened before. At least not before PHE, the pre-Harbaugh era.

But enthusiasm sells. The Harbaugh brothers grew up with one saying on their minds 24/7: “Attack this day with enthusiasm unknown to mankind.”

That saying was drummed into their heads daily by their football coach dad, Jack Harbaugh. Years later, in 2011, they found each other coaching two of the best teams in the NFL and, remarkably, facing each other on national TV on Thanksgiving night. That competition excited America so much, that game became the most watched cable TV show in the history of Thanksgiving.

But that was just a warm-up for Super Bowl Sunday. Jim and John Harbaugh will be leading their teams onto the field that day. They are the two coaches left standing out of 32 NFL teams. They will be playing each other for the greatest prize in all of sports. And the foundation of all of that success — hard work and enthusiasm — was drummed into their heads by their father/coach Jack Harbaugh.

The first Coach Harbaugh understood that enthusiasm is contagious. Now it has led to his two sons’ beating out every other coach in football to reach the Super Bowl. Most coaches, no matter how good, will never make a Super Bowl in their entire career. These two brothers both made it in the same year.

Enthusiasm works in any field.

Barry Goldwater is the father of conservatism in America. Yet he lost the 1964 Presidential election by a landslide. Ronald Reagan took Goldwater’s exact philosophy, but spread it with tremendous enthusiasm. With the exact same political philosophy and agenda, Reagan won the Presidency in two landslides. Enthusiasm was the big difference.

There were many great generals in World War II, but only one instantly comes to mind today: Gen. George S. Patton. He exuded confidence and enthusiasm. He inspired his men to do remarkable things. They’ve since made Broadway plays, books and movies about the legend of Gen. George S. Patton.

Can enthusiasm promote religion? Ask Billy Graham. The most enthusiastic preacher ever, he traveled the United States with his evangelical Billy Graham Crusades in the 1950s. Millions of people came out to see this passionate, enthusiastic communicator. But those were all “country people.” When Graham announced he was going to preach evangelical Christianity in the middle of New York City, the critics laughed. They predicted his show would close in a day, like a failed Broadway play.

Graham was undeterred. He went ahead with his plans with unmatched enthusiasm. Well more than 2 million New Yorkers came out to see Graham preach at Madison Square Garden — an all-time record. Graham’s revival in New York City was extended. Enthusiasm had sold even evangelical Christianity in the middle of cynical New York City.

Soon thereafter, NBC offered Graham $5 million (in 1957) to host a television variety show. Even Hollywood was sold by his enthusiasm. His lifetime audience is now stands at 2.2 billion people. More than 15 million of them came to the front of the stage and took Jesus as their savior. No preacher in history has reached more people.

There have been many fitness gurus over the years, but only one “godfather of fitness.” Jack LaLanne’s fitness television show ran from 1951 to 1985. He opened the nation’s first chain of gyms. He sold millions of juicers on TV infomercials. At the age of 54, he beat a 21-year old Arnold Schwarzenegger in a bodybuilding competition. LaLanne celebrated his 70th birthday by pulling 70 people in 70 rowboats through San Francisco harbor — with his teeth. He wrote his last book at age 95. His enthusiasm for life made him one of America’s biggest stars for seven decades.

What makes all these legends successful? What makes them leaders? The answer is enthusiasm. Enthusiasm makes people want to follow you anywhere — even through hell (ask Patton or Robert E. Lee or Winston Churchill).

On Sunday, sit back and watch John and Jim Harbaugh work their magic. They are the greatest family coaching duo in the history of sports. And while you’re watching, just think of the brilliant words that made it all happen: “Attack this day with enthusiasm unknown to mankind.”

Wayne Allyn Root

Wayne Allyn Root is one of America's leading Libertarian-conservative authors. Wayne's new book is The Murder of the Middle Class Wayne is a Capitalist Evangelist, serial entrepreneur, conservative media commentator, and proud champion of the middle class. He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee and Fox News regular. Follow Wayne on Twitter and visit Wayne's web site:

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  • Jeremy Leochner

    Enthusiasm is one of the keys to success. The other is hard work. I always love to watch Rudy when I am feeling down and need a little inspiration.

    • Benjamin Fox

      Jeremy, I’m shocked, you almost sound normal. Good for you.

      • Jeremy Leochner

        Thanks Ben. It feels good

    • sam1966

      I agree with you on this Jeremy, but I call it motivation (Military jargon). I do agree that we need enthusiasm/motivation to complete whatever we are doing. Initiative is when you start and motivation/enthusiasm is what keeps you going to the end. Here is something describing what a patriot should be.

      FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

      You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.

      “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?”

      Thomas Jefferson

      • macgyver1948

        sam1966… Being religious myself I would tend to agree with you but there are degrees. In your Thomas Jefferson quote he, as with all the Founders and the Constitution itself, deliberately with fore-thought left out any specific religion or denomination, including all forms of Christianity. For the country to be any form of religious specific we would lose the spirit of Liberty when it comes to Freedom Of Religion. Any religion or denomination who has influence on government officials, when it comes to law making, will influence with personal religious convictions and those not of that religion, or denomination, will suffer libertarian loses. The Founders knew this so they do not mention any religion, even though most of them were Christian, but they did want morals to influence us. They did speak of God often.

        I wonder if atheists would agree with you considering many atheists do have morals. They may fight you as you claim “You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot” just to prove you wrong of them.

        • Bob666

          Well said

  • Warrior

    I believe so far, John’s team is 1-0 against little brother. I’d like to see Jim’s team even that up. I remember when Jim was Bears QB, he was frequently getting “chewed out” on sidelines by “DITKA”. Ditka himself is another “piece of work” but I digress. Funny thing about most atheletes and coaches is, deep down, they enjoy competing so much, they would continue to do it without pay. I speak from experience. This attitude is completely opposite of “collectivism”. One individual’s “success” either inspires others to push themselves further OR to be jealous or envious. This alone is your choice. It all starts from within.

    • Jeremy Leochner

      I would point out the old adage Warrior- There’s no I in team. Being a member of a team is not about one upping each other. Its about working hard to have fun, play the game and do all you can to kick the other teams butt. Cause no one comes into our house and pushes us around.

      • Jeff

        Yes, and of all the places to extol the virtues of individual hard work, the NFL may be the worst. Football is the ultimate team game and the league is the finest example of the virtue of collective action. The NFL owners share all revenues and make sure that no one team has a competitive advantage based upon money. Now, the NFL can be faulted for many things (e.g. turning a blind eye to players’ welfare), but its business model is hard to criticize.

        “There were many great generals in World War II, but only one instantly comes to mind today: Gen. George S. Patton. He exuded confidence and enthusiasm. He inspired his men to do remarkable things. They’ve since made Broadway plays, books and movies about the legend of Gen. George S. Patton.”

        Patton is known today to people other than WWII vets and students of the war because of the movie and George C. Scott’s portrayal. It is obvious why Patton is a “hero” on this site given his attitude and his right wing views. He apparently believed in two things – his own greatness and that we should have fought the Russians instead of the Nazis. Were it not for the movie, the WWII generals who would come to mind would be Eisenhower and Marshall (and, of course, MacArthur, but he was in Asia and not in the European Theatre). Eisenhower and Marshall could not have been less like Patton, yet they were, by any measure, great and accomplished men. I guess you CAN get things done without being a right wing ideologue.

        • macgyver1948

          Jeff… I agree with you about Patten, he was a bully too. I think you hit the Right point when you say Patten wanted us to rather fight against the Russians than the Nazis. And I think it is why the JBS and others on the Right have considered people like Ike a Communist. They didn’t like that he and others help defeat the Nazis but this is just my opinion. Ike was no more a Commie than people like Wayne Allyn Root are, LOL…

      • Benjamin Fox

        Jeremy you did leave out the money and it is there, it is a sport but, the players are paid to win.

      • Jeremy Leochner

        True Ben I did. I guess I have this old fashioned view of players doing it for the love of the game. Did I mention I love to watch Rudy. That could be part of it.

        • Jeff

          “Rudy” might be too recent a reference for Ben. If you really want to converse with him, look up some trivia about Red Grange.

      • sam1966

        Leave it to Jeffy and Mac to show how unamerican they are by attacking a real American hero and not Obama bin Laden. Jeffy, right wing? Care to cite a source on that? You 2 are disgraceful to all Americans. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

        You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot. This leaves you 2 out.

        “A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”

        General George S. Patton Jr.

      • macgyver1948

        @sam1966… It’s not that I am attacking your hero but I do disagree with some of the things Patton said and did. That is my Constitutional right. Before Jeff reminded us that Patton wanted to forget fighting against the Nazis and instead fight the Russians. After a while, if we did, the Nazis would have eventually invaded us, as they were planning on anyway, after helping them and killed all here who are not on their approval list. That would be the total end of Liberty/Freedom and Freedom Of Religion and Freedom Of Speech would be among the first to go. Your hate for Obama is obvious and that too is your Right.

        For you to say Jeff and I are left out because, as YOU say, “You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot” is in total denial of what Americanism is all about. I very much believe and follow God and my faith in Him is as least as strong as you think yours is. Mine is just of another totally different religion from yours. If you have a problem with the differences in our religions then you have a problem with Freedom Of Religion and therefore the US Constitution.

        As for my personal patriotism, it would be difficult for you to prove I am not of that either because that, on your part, is a bold face lie. But you are so blinded by your denial of other peoples beliefs and rights it is very understandable that you cannot except disagreement. After all, you are guided by what your side is telling you to believe.

        Think hard and long before you claim to be a patriot as you deny other people’s constitutional rights and decide what they are or are not. You may be just proving you do not side with American patriotism after all.

        하나님하고 나라를 위해서! <— HUH?

        • Jeff

          If you think Elaine is nuts, you ain’t seen nuthin’ till you tangle with Faque Samurai and his Mighty Swift Sword. He speaks for Jesus, you know. If Jesus came back and read the sh*t posted in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.

          • macgyver1948

            Jeff… I know a Samurai on here, I wonder if it is the same guy. I often wondered how God or Jesus would feel if they paid attention to those who claim to speak for them. Some of the things I hear people say in their names is out there and some, if it were true, would be a set up for God or Jesus to tell them the stuff that is claimed, like those GOP candidates who said God told them to run. I have also heard from self proclaimed prophets of our day. WOW… If I think Elaine is nuts? She has some miraculous powers of her own so when she tells us what they are really thinking and meaning we better listen because otherwise how would we know? LOL….

          • Bob666

            Yo macgyver1948,
            You do know that Sam1966 and Samurai are one in the same don’t you? if you debate one of them-you are debating both of them and then you can watche him debate himself?

            This happens just before medication time.

          • macgyver1948

            Bob666… Thanks, I do now but I did wonder. Aw, another one on here with multiple personalities. I just figured he was just another one from the cookie cutter.

          • Bob666

            Yo macgyver1948,
            Samurai1966 is an “extra special” wing nut with stripped threads and a scratches from being “over-torqued” one too many times.

            God speaks to him directly, kind of like the “big giant head” from the TV show “third rock from the sun’ a few years ago.

          • macgyver1948

            Bob666… I am a strong supporter of religion, whatever kinds, which is why I very much support Freedom Of Religion (and “Separation Of Church And State” which should be added to the Constitution because of the nuts in this who believe only their ways of thinking and believing are right for all of else) but not when it gets into pure sci-fy and delusional fantasy. I really have a problem with people who claim they speak for God and God tells them personally what to say and do directly. I do not believe that has happened since the last Hebrew Prophet and that was around 500 years or so before Jesus. Just how my religion sees it. I respect how other religions and atheists see it.

            There has to be straight jackets with their name on them. I wouldn’t want for people to tell me my bible and religion are wrong, which has often happened with these rubber room should-bes, because it differs from theirs. I bet they wouldn’t like it if I say these things to them.

          • Bob666

            Yo Macgyver1948,
            I hand an exchange with the self righteous Samurai1966 a couple of weeks ago and it is like trying to carry on an intelligent –adult like conversation with a three year old. I agree with you on the separation of church and state, that is obviously what our founding fathers wanted to achieve.

            What really offends me about this guy is the insinuation that he can judge people-did he not pay attention to what he read the bible?

            Then there is the insinuation that you “can’t be a patriot if you don’t believe in his god”. It really is offensive on so many levels and I am quite sure that god is “so proud” of guys like this, but these are the ones who start holy wars.

            I’m not sure if is mental illness or an attention starved adult with the emotional maturity of a three year-old, but he is one broken toy.

          • macgyver1948

            Bob666… The founders did consider “Separation of Church And State” for the Constitution but they felt that should be left up to the states. In that I believe they made a mistake considering what has happened with Religion since their time. People like the Witch burners and those like this so-called sward master thinking only his ways are the only right ways. I agree with you about their insinuations thinking they have the right to judge when it has always been said only God judges on these issues. Did they miss something when they read their bible, or maybe it is just how they interpret things. Who knows but we have to put up with their rants because of the First Amendment, as it should be, but we do not have to agree with them or listen but not listening gets difficult at times. I see them as being the kind who tries to control others but they do not see it as that. They have to be convincing to control or convert people but that they do not seem to be.

          • Jeff

            This video perfectly illustrates why it is impossible to have a conversation with true believers. Logic and reason mean nothing if it conflicts with a fairy tale told in the Bible. Ironically, you do not need to believe the Bible is literally true in order to believe in God.
            That is a uniquely fundamentalist position.


          • macgyver1948

            Jeff… I agree that so many bible stories should not be taken literally and there are more than just one lesson, or wisdomism, in many scriptures. For example, Einstein said “Everything is relative”. To me it is so logical in Genesis when it comes to the age of the Universe. The first five books of the Hebrew Bible, Torah, were written by God, He is the author. When it is said that it took 6 days to create the universe I think it (time) is relative to God’s ways of things, not ours. To us a day is one revolution of ‘our’ planet and to God it is a different kind of revolution that can take His day billions of years (our years) for all we know. I also do not understand it when any man says we look like God, the “in God’s image” thing. A human engineer creates by first getting a thought and then an image, which in no way looks like himself usually, and then he designs the thing he has as his image from his mind. I see this in the same ways as God has done since He is the ultimate engineer. God is a spirit and I do not see us looking like a spirit or a fluff of energy. These is only two examples but there are so many others in the Bibles.

            You, Jeff, say “it is impossible to have a conversation with true believers. Logic and reason mean nothing if it conflicts with a fairy tale told in the Bible”. I agree with the impossible part because it is that with people who tell others what they think and feel and believe and also those who have that “only we are right so you have to be wrong if you do not agree with us” attitude. This is for both politics as well as religion for those. Jokingly I have recently, although it has been around for a very long time, come to call this the Elaine attitude, because it so fits her, but it also could be for so many others. When you deny others their liberties and rights if your attitude and actions are based on that attitude you are in denial of others liberties. Use what ever interpretations of the bible or the Constitution you want but liberty is for all equally and the above attitude is nasty as well as counter-Americanism. Intelligent, as well as adult, discussion with those who employ that attitude is impossible. We do not need to be agreed with but they seem to have that need.

  • Karolyn

    Yes! Enthusiasm and positive thinking. Positive thinking is something that is sorely lacking on this site, where enthusiasm is generally shown accompanied by negativity.

    • OneGuess

      And yet, here you are again, being negative. Typical libtard, accusing others of what you yourself do. No doubt we will see more negative posts by you below.

    • Benjamin Fox

      I know people who think they can walk through walls with positive thinking, yet they all have broken noses?

  • Peter

    Sorry Wayne, you lost all credibility with your opening statement “This week is all about the most popular and celebrated event in the world: the Super Bowl.” What the? I know Americans are somewhat introspective, and that nothing exists outside of the ‘good ol US of A’ but really? How about the World Cup? Soccer that is, or football as it’s more properly known, not that namby-pamby carry-ball you folks like to call football but they rarely touch the ball with their feet and when they make a touchdown they never actually ‘touch down’. Come on, a little truth and dare eh? If you’re going to use a sporting analogy, at least use one with some credibility.

    • Karolyn

      You are absolutely right, Peter. It goes to Root’s arrogance. Since he is or has been involved in the betting world, the Super Bowl is probably all-important to him. Personally, I like football but only follow when my team is involved. I can only have enthusiasm when the team is important to me. Since I don’t bet, this year’s Super Bowl means nothing to me or people like me.

      • The Christian American

        Personally, I use to watch football and baseball but when i found out that’s nothing but a couple of high paid union workers out there my interest wained.

      • OneGuess

        Hmmm…we are still waiting.

  • Robert Lebischak

    It’s still only a football game, the added, extra crap that has been put with is has no place with football at all. It’s two teams fighting for the goal, we don’t need to add someone’s boob popping out to it. Lets get back to football again and get the crap thrown out, for the love of the game.

  • dan

    I don’t do football since I quit playing …but didn’t the Manning Brother’s….oh never mind

  • FreedomFighter

    “Enthusiasm makes people want to follow you anywhere — even through hell”

    Enthusiasm makes people want to follow you anywhere — even to hell, Muslims have enthusiasm…maybe media needssome enthusiasm to fight these monsters

    “Shameful U.S. media is asleep at the wheel again”


    Remember the picture of those thousands of Catholics burned alive by Muslims while you watch the Superbowl, and realize they want to do it to you too.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • nc

      Fighter of freedom. I remember reading a story of Catholics burning a Catholic girl to death and other atrocities by Catholics against Catholics and Catholic against Muslims! Selective memory???

    • The Christian American

      Have you read about the Crusades? It’s past history and right now true Amercans must forget their differences and bond together against a common enemy who goes to same church that Karl Marx, Lenin and Stalin went to. Churches, Temples and Mosques will be destroyed. Have you seen pictures of North Korea’s god? He’s no muslim. Since Bush and Obama they’ve picked your enemy, and it’s not them and it should be.

    • Jeremy Leochner

      Actually it was terrorists and extremists doing the burning. It was not Muslims.

      • Benjamin Fox

        Jeremy just when I thought you had woke up and got some sanity then you come out with your stupid comment about muslems. The terrorest that brought down the trade center were muslims, Hamas are muslims, those that kill women because they were raped and couldn’t fine 4 muslim men to back her story are muslims, muslims not all but many are terrorist and those that burned down the church were muslims. Get a life and grow up.

    • kimo3690

      AYE!! Let us NEVER forget that the muslims HATE us…. the INFIDELS. TY for reminding me what is really important in the here & now….

      • Jeremy Leochner

        Actually terrorists hate infidels. I have Muslim friends who do not consider me an infidel because I do not believe in Islam and they do not hate me. Its terrorists not Muslims who hate us.

      • macgyver1948

        Kimo3690… I am not big on gambling but I would bet heavily that you do not know many Muslims. I get the impression you and those like you know only what your are told to know and choose to agree with. There truly are so many Muslims who would not hate you or try to kill you because you do not choose to be one of them. How would you know that if you choose to not get to know any?

        These kinds of generalizations tend to prohibit truth and stagnate the the real quest for knowledge. For examples of BS generalizations there are Protestants who say Catholics are not really Christians and there are Catholics who say Protestants are betrayers of the true church of Christ. So who of them is right if either?

        We can extent this kind of BS generalization to politics as well if we listen to people like Wayne Allyn Root, saying in this piece to forget Obama and politics for this Super Bowl week but still finds his way to generalize all the Libs with his hate for them. To even imply that Libs see “enthusiasm” in general is taboo is so nutz and typical of his kind. It might depend on what the enthusiasm is driving. If enthusiasm is driving their apathetic greed it is not a good thing. Hay Wayne, Al Capone was enthusiastic and so was Hitler.

        Oh Kimo3690, please learn the difference between Muslims in general and terrorists. There are so-called terrorist groups in so many religions, including Judaism and Christianity, perhaps driven by their kind of “enthusiasm”.

  • ToughGuy1

    Yeah. The Super Bowl. One of the brothers will win. I hope it’s the Baltimore Ravens. Not the San Francisco (48ers)-49ers they won enough Super Bowls. I’ll breath and die as a old AFL-AFC guy! So, win Ravens!

    • John

      Fantasy is great, enthusiasm is great, but enthusiasm is not why Reagan took the Whitehouse in 1980. It was because the Republican party hacks did not correctly measure the hatred of Jimmy Carter by their own constituents. The elitist leaders of the party wanted George Bush, a new world order, CIA order taker. In a normal economy their usual election rigging would have been enough. This time was different because not only did we have plus twenty per cent inflation, we had our dear leader going around bad mouthing America and American’s. Also we had military failure. That is intolerable in a country where a high per centage of voters are former active duty soldiers.The situation called for extra-ordinary cheating and they just were not up to the challenge. The same thing happened in the general election. The Democrats believed their own controlled media propaganda and did not do enough cheating to overcome the tidal wave of votes for RWR. I love entusiasm and stories about enthusiasm, but entusiasm is not why RWR won the election in 1980.

  • rendarsmith

    The Super Bowl the biggest event in world? In the USA maybe, but the biggest event in the WORLD is the World Cup.

  • The Christian American

    It would nice but the American people are in the midst of a war against Obama and other proponents of communism, and their hell bent to establish it NOW. He hasn’t been re-elected a month and look at what he’s done. Mr. Root, this is a forum where we discuss battle plans against Satan and is servants, not football. There are many other places people can to discuss sports. I’m a hunter and fisherman; have been for over 60 years. One thing I have learned is animals and fish never do what you expect them to do. I’ve been caught with my pants down and have beautful buck appear.

    To change the subject. At creation, God gave men rights and the liberty to use them. It was because God men rights, he formed governments to protect them. If his government turns into a predator on those rights, then man has the right to abolish that goverment. If the government decrees laws to force men to do as it says, they aren’t laws, they’re edicts spewed out from tyrants. True Laws have a moral content, their moral. Edicts and decrees are purely immoral and amoral, True law is God’s commandments and man’s laws must past muster against God’s laws. The tyrants hell bent on stealing America and it’s people cannot get the people’s means of protecting itself from them. They say ,yes, it’s the law. We must say, no, it’s not the law but your decrees being forced on a people at liberty. As the founders proclaimed on Bunker Hill when the tyrant’s red coats came for their guns: “No King but Jesus”, and kept their guns, and put them to good use.

    • http://midcontent ridge runner

      As a school kid, I could never understand why people would waste so damn much money to go watch felons and brain damaged idoits act like children chasing a peice of hog skin. The salaries that people pay to waych this crap shows their real stupidity, just like bull riding. So the comment of dumbing down America is what most sports are I wouldn’t watch or give a rat’s bladder who is playing or where it is being played. what the socialist/communist democrats and their muslim marxist are doing to this country, I’d sure as hell save my money since now themarxist is blaming everything and everyone but his own sorry azz.

    • Jeremy Leochner

      I would respectfully disagree The Christian American. I believe this site is about expressing ones views and discussing them. Its less about making plans. As an agnostic I respect your right to your own views. However I disagree with you about god and gods laws.

      • The Christian American

        Now we’re talking, We might not agree on some things but when it comes to being Americans and loving our constitutional republic, I think we’re on the same page. We might not agree on our heart felt believes, religion, but we demand that our liberties, and that’s what the people running America are all about, We have no liberty under the Communist Obama and his ilk. I would like hear where you think rights and liberties come from?

      • Jeremy Leochner

        As to liberty under Obama I believe we have plenty.

        As for where our rights and liberties come from I believe the founders put it best when they recognized that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Our rights and liberties are inherent in our ability to choose right from wrong. As we have the power to see the right so we have the right to choose it. And our laws and decrees are inherent in our ability to see a wrong and respond to it. As we have the power to see a wrong so we have the right to seek an end to said wrong.

      • Jeremy Leochner

        But I completely agree that on being Americans and loving our constitutional republic we are on the same page regardless of our heart felt beliefs.

      • Benjamin Fox

        Jeremy, what your really saying is that since you don’t believe in God you are your own god. Someday you will find out your not God and it maybe to late for you to give up godhood that will end you up in a hot climate for all time?

      • Jeremy Leochner

        No Ben I am not god.I believe in the golden rule. I believe in listening to ones conscience. I do not always listen. Sometimes I do what I want. But I feel bad about it afterwards. As such I try my best to not do such a thing again. Not believing in god does not mean you think yourself god. It just means you believe a person can live according to a set of moral principles without living in fear of divine punishment from on high. As for me I see sin in a way similar to Buddhists. I once heard someone describe the Buddhist idea of sin as being like eating a piece of spoiled food. When you eat spoiled food and become sick its not because someone is punishing you, its because that is simply what happens when you eat a piece of spoiled food. Like sins we eat the food for different reasons. For the sake of the metaphor just like eating a piece of spoiled food we may commit sin out of ignorance of the consequences of our actions. We may commit it out of desperation and confusion. And perhaps there are those who simply thumb their noses at dangers and whose curiosity gets the better of them. All alike are affected by their sin. Just as anyone regardless of reason for eating spoiled food becomes sick so those who commit sin suffer. But it is not from punishment from god. Its because just as our conscience speaks to us about right and wrong whether we want it to or not so our sins cling to us whether we want them to or not.

      • Bob666

        Yo Jeremy,

      • sam1966

        I also agree about us standing up for our Christian nation and the Constitution, but by how many people have done unchristian acts, we are at where we are today. A broken and wounded nation that needs to get back to the ways it was founded on our Christian principles. I know that Jeremy will disagree with me, but I’ll continue to speak the truth no matter how long I live. Bob 666 (Antichrist), be quiet. You instigate too many things that keep people divided. Here is some good news from the front lines:

        FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

        You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.

        “There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.”

        General George S. Patton

    • macgyver1948

      The Christian American … Your nick name here implies you are a Christian (either that or you nick implies you are the only one) but you are not so much concerned with the 10 Commandants as your name might imply, specifically the 9th – Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

      Since Obama is saying he is for Democracy and and Liberty in the American way and there is no proof to the contrary you are perpetuating a potential lie – “a war against Obama and other proponents of communism, and their hell bent to establish it NOW “. There is something hell bent here all right but it isn’t from Obama and his supporters. Most Liberals in this country are so against Communism as well as Nazism. Both of those are very much against Americanism and Liberty for all equally and Obama, as far as we Obama supporters see it, is against both Commie and Nazi ways of life.

      The war against Obama is being waged by those who may hate him because he wont sign those conflict-of-interest pledges, such as the Norquist Pledge, or maybe by those too who do not like the black race. All the rest is over what is being defined for them since he was in office. How else would you explain their hating him since about the time he first declared his candidacy for president several years ago before they really knew his policies? I guess the majority of voters are wrong in your mind but you are entitled to you opinion. I voted for him again because I am not in favor of a Government Of (and of course For) The Corporate People but I know Obama is not perfect.

      I suppose it is just easier for you to believe what ever your side is telling you to believe.

      • sam1966

        We are a republic and not a democracy. Care to show where the Christian American is lying? Judge not, lest ye be judged. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

        You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.

        “Always do more than is required of you.”

        General George S. Patton

        • macgyver1948

          Hay sam1966… I guess you didn’t understand my comment to The Christian American. Gee, I thought I wrote it simply enough.

          You say “We are a republic and not a democracy”. Really, is that so or are you kidding or did you make that up? LOL….

          America: Republic or Democracy?
          by William P. Meyers
          Lately, from politicians, radio-talk show hosts, and other commentators, we have heard that we should forget about democracy, because the U.S.A. is a republic. But some questions are being posed by democracy advocates: What is a republic? What is a democracy? Should the United States be a mere republic, or a genuine democracy?
          Republicans and other democracy detractors point to the U.S. Constitution and bits of history, and say, “See, the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution gave us a Republic. They believed democracies were dangerous and unworkable.”
          On that, they are partly right, but they fail to mention that democracies and republics overlap. They are not opposites. And they fail to account for the history of American government since 1788, much less the debates that took place in America prior to 1788, when the U.S. Constitution was substituted for the Articles of Confederation.

          More at and most historical places that cover this “America: Republic or Democracy?” issue but thank you sam1966.

          sam1966. I have loads of quotes too and it is easy to post them as you do, LOL:
          Johnny Carson said, “If life were fair Elvis would still be alive and all the Elvis impersonators would be dead.”
          “The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
          — Albert Einstein: Was a theoretical physicist

          “The richest people build networks. The rest of us are trained to look for jobs”. Rich Man-Poor Man guy

          ” It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tommorrow morning.”
          - Henry Ford
          I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
          – Will Rogers

          Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!
          – Pericles (430 B.C.)

          No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
          – Mark Twain (1866)

          The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
          – Mark Twain

          There is no distinctly Native American criminal class…save Congress.
          – Mark Twain

          We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
          – Aesop


          • Jeff

            “Turn the other cheek . . so you can blow him away with your Glock.”

          • macgyver1948

            Jeff… Some time I wonder what has happened to “Thou shall not kill” to the self proclaimed righteous and those who claim they are of God. One of the reasons God gave the Ten Commandants (well all of Torah) to The Israelites is because they chose to accept all of His laws and not just pick and choose which ones would be nice enough or acceptable for them. Things have not changed a lot since then for some.

            Jeff, have you wondered about the states with the laws which say “if I decide to start a fight with you, for whatever reason, and you have the audacity to defend yourself I now can pull out my gun and shoot you dead”? I wonder if those laws were written so people who are border line murders, those who would not normally murder unless they can get away with it backed by law. Do you remember the Florida hoodie case? We still do not really know what happened there but we do know the man with a gun followed the kid and then did what? I remember as a kid my dad told me to walk/run fast away from strangers who were following me.

          • Jeff

            These right wingers are like 4-year-olds running home to Mommy, screaming “He hit me back.” Only they want to be able to stalk a suspicious (read: young and Black) pedestrian, then when confronted they feel threatened (After all, he’s young and Black) so it’s OK to shoot. BTW: in case you missed Jon Stewart last night:


            Around the mid-way point he recites a Dr. Seuss-inspired poem that’s great.

          • Bob666

            Yo Jeff,
            Saw Meat and Skeet for Sam-I am,

            Shall he cut you with his mighty Sword, or does he strike an gritty cord.

            Multiple personalities for you and me as Samurai will post with such glee!

            or is he off his med’s as we can see, who could that Faux Samurai Be?

            does anyone really know the Samurai? because he is not quite American as Apple Pie!

          • macgyver1948

            Bob666… If you tell Samurai he is not as American as apple surely you will make him cry.

            The truth might hurt when one is so insecure he shows his lack of sane maturity…

          • macgyver1948

            Jeff… I like that “4-year-olds running home to Mommy, screaming ‘He hit me back’”. Not that I like that itself because it so often goes on but the phrasing is very accurately descriptive.

            I didn’t see Jon Stewart last night but I did just now through the link you provided, thanks… This is interesting to say the least what is going on in Congress with gun regulations. I agree we need to enforce background checks for all sales but how do we get the criminals and the crazies to agree when they do not have to?

            Family Sunday Gun swap day. Why wont a black man half the country is in fear of (President Obama) being shown in a picture holding a gun? LOL… How could that women support assault weapons wit that story and not know what her weapon was? I like the Dr. Seuss Obama Stewartisms.

            Obama cannot scratch his ear without those who hate him showing their hate in how wrong he starches. I believe the hate is so strong if Jesus really could come back and endorsed Obama the hate would extend.

  • Bill Thomas

    The column states an obvious truth about the power of enthusiasm. Unfortunately, few of us are born with parents that instill that kind of enthusiasm in their children when they are young. Another huge factor to success is the that it also helps to know at a young age in which direction you want to go as having a football coach as a father most likely lead both kids to know at a young age what field they wanted to pursue(football). I’m not saying that any of what you say is wrong, just not as simple as the column might lead to believe. If one doesn’t have the right foundation from the start, the odds are achieving that kind of success is very unlikely This is not to knock the Harbaugh brother’s success, just to say that they had some huge advantages to work with that most of us do not.

  • Chris

    It’s pretty hard for me to be inspired about a big attention getting game. They are pied pipers playing to the minions. It’s time to walk outside and look up repent of perish. Television is nothing more than the brainwashing tool government is feeding you with. I bet if your not liberal you will be soon. I would also bet besides views being changed next is waistlines and ability to think properly. Besides if the cowboys aren’t in the game it wil such anyways.
    Lol praise God in all things as he’s returning soon to a big church if the first born in Jerusalem.

  • nc

    Mr. Livingston, is it just me or isn’t it awfully late in the day (1:43 pm my time) for a lead column here to have only 27 responses? Are we seeing the demise of Landslide Root’s career here? Has he come totally irrelevant? Will you have to fire him or does he work so cheap you can’t afford to fire him?? Just asking!

  • jopa

    The fans that don’t burn their city with pure joy and excitement after a win is the team I want to win.

  • jopa

    The sports world has come up with some real moments that have had real impossible odds over the years like the Harbaughs and Manning brothers.We must also not forget about Lou Gehrig contracting a disease bearing his name (Lou Gehrigs Disease) and eventually dying from it.What are the odds of that?

  • Karolyn

    I could not help but notice the plug at the top of the comments about the petition against the Catholic Church and that petition being attributed to the White House. What a crock! It is a petition created by citizens on the White House petition site and has no connection to the administratio. Anybody can start a petition against or for anythig!

  • Barn E Fraynk, leading from behind

    Even you? Bread and circuses for the masses. Pure and simple. Put your time and energy into studying statistics and players. Know nothing about your constitution or history. Root for a player or players who are not from your state and owe allegiance to you as a fan as long as the money keeps pouring in. Realize you are nothing and recognized by no one unless you are sporting your overpriced affiliative gear. Who cares that your heroe will, most likely by the age of forty, experience debilitating brain injuries for the rest of the heroes life. Heh, pass the nachos and gimme another beer! Fiddle Nero, Fiddle.

  • joe

    Please realize these 2 brothers are the biggest cry babies to ever work the sideline! In the same article as General Patton, I don’t think so…

  • Michael D. Colletta

    I believe your facts are wrong. John and jim Harbaugh are 3 years apart.

  • Wayne Allyn Root

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