RON HART: Tough love or a crime?

Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

PHOENIX , ARIZ. — Sporting the most ironic name in NFL history, Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito purportedly bullying a fellow 320-pound lineman should give us pause for reflection. It’s emblematic of the continued wussification of America .

Incognito was asked to push teammate Jonathan Martin in order to make him tougher to help the team win. The bully-ee, Martin, left the team after his teammates left his table at lunch. It’s a junior high school-like stunt, not cause for national hysteria.

Specifics are thin. Granted Incognito looks like he should be fishing off a bridge, but don’t jump to conclusions. The left automatically blames Incognito because two things are in play here: race and sports.  (1) Incognito is white and therefore a racist. (2) Football is brutal, involves money and there are winners and losers based on merit; therefore, it is bad. So the media immediately did a beat-down on Incognito.

Just because the left has not put much thought into the allegations does not mean you shouldn’t. 

Lost in the incremental political correctness taking hold in our country is the fact that we are becoming soft. Kids getting eighth place trophies for participating and misplaced praise for every little thing they do have turned these self-absorbed X- or Y-generation kids into way over-self esteemed pushovers. We have a prime example in the White House now, which acknowledges no faults of its own and only blames others.

I was hazed in football, in my college fraternity, and at Goldman Sachs. Hazing served a purpose and was usually done because they like you. It takes effort to haze, and guys generally only put forth such effort on those they want to make better. It’s odd but it is a guy thing. Women shower each other with fake shallow compliments; guys kid you about your weaknesses. Which identifies problems and allows you to get better?

My dad was a drill sergeant at Parris Island . Soon Marine drill sergeants will have to ask politely, through their attorneys, vetted by human resources, if recruits will drop and give them twenty.



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