Decisions, decisions and The Decision.
In 2008, We the People decided to turn over the nukes to a community organizer whose main qualifications before Hope & Change were, in ascending order, that he was not Hillary, not a Republican and that he was covered with white-guilt-purging, non-white skin. After he assumed royal powers over federal judges and deep-water oil-drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the BP oil spill and over Congress on welfare-work requirements, 2010 mid-term election voters elected a Republican House to check the Democrat Chief Executive.
Earlier that year, Lebron James made The Decision via an ESPN television special of the same name to non-cavalierly leave Cleveland, after seven seasons, for the Heat in Miami. Four years later, King Lebron wore two NBA championship rings entering last night's All-Star Game in New Orleans, where the man who replaced him as the leader of the Cavaliers, led the King and the East to victory:
Kyrie Irving validated the fan vote and offered a glimpse of how good he can be when surrounded by first-rate players. The Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard was selected MVP of the NBA All-Star Game Sunday night after scoring 31 points, racking up 14 assists and playing with the energy required to rally the Eastern Conference from an 18-point deficit in the second half of its 163-155 victory over the West.
"It was definitely special, just being out there with all these great athletes," Irving said. "There's so many different MVPs out there on that floor, and to be named MVP amongst all those great stars is truly an honor." Irving missed only three of the 17 shots he attempted, and all of those were from 3-point range, where he was 3-for-6.
Eastern Conference coach Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers said Irving's performance was a reminder that while winning is important, players should be judged by more than just the records of the teams for which they play. The Cavaliers are 20-33 at the All-Star break, 11th in the Eastern Conference. Still, Irving was elected by fans to start for the East alongside perennial All-Stars Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade.
"The history of the league is to reward the teams with winning records and the best players on those teams" with All-Star selections, Vogel said. "But there's certain players that stand out beyond that, and Kyrie is definitely one of them. ... He's one of the best in the world, and he showed it tonight." Not bad for a 21-year-old in his third NBA season -- even if he was the first overall pick in 2011.
When Irving was given the trophy, he got a little advice from James, who also was playing for the Cavs at age 21 when he won his first All-Star MVP award in 2006. James and several others reminded Irving to hold the trophy high above his head, so fans could see it. Cleveland rooters watching on TV might have enjoyed that the most, offering hope that all the losing that has followed James' departure for Miami may end sooner rather than later -- if Irving can get a little more help. "It's a great accomplishment, bringing this (trophy) back to Cleveland," Irving said. "That's the most important thing."
Meanwhile, King Obama secured his second "ring" via re-election in 2012 despite an anemic economy. Then, given that GOP House Speaker John Boehner never seriously led opposition to unilateral Dream acts, or Obamanomics, King B. Hussein I doubled down on unconstitutional usurpations via Obamacare. But while abdication is not imminent, it does appear that the President now wearing a veritable former British-Empire-like Crown Imperial (pictured) is vulnerable for another mid-term landslide against his Democratic Party this November that could transform his veritable rubber stamp-House of Lords back to its constitutional check-and-balance-role as the United States Senate.
Not sure who could emerge as a Majority Leader of a GOP-controlled Senate or if a new Speaker could emerge in the House in 2015; but this conservative concerned for the future of an America that remains exceptional, and that thinks we are in a crisis now that risks same, we certainly hope both posts are occupied by Kyrie Irving-like MVPs willing to take on would-be kings; which both Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker Boehner certainly are not.
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"One man with courage [that] makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson