I was watching the 2013 MLB All-Star Game and wondered: Can comparing democracy to sports be effective in civically engaging those who are sports minded? In other words, can I get my husband, partner, son, father, and other sports-crazed folk to be interested in following the stats of our elected officials if I tell them it’s like baseball only the rewards are greater?
Certainly I’m not the first to muse on this analogy, so here is my two-cents. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions. LOVE IT!
ANALOGY – PROFESSIONAL SPORTS
|Unbridled capitalism, unbridled economic greed||League A|
|Government Agencies (national, state and local)||League B|
|Elected representatives, Lobbyists, Associations||Players|
|Any policy, legislative, or court action pertaining to Constitutional Liberties or Rights; election of life-tenured governmental positions (court judges)||Play Off Games|
|Any other policy, legislative, or court action NOT pertaining to Constitutional Liberties or Rights; election of life-tenured governmental positions (court judges)||Regular Season Games|
|General and Mid-term Elections||Team Drafts|
|*For the sake of this analogy, the Minor Leagues would be the State and local levels|