Shame On You Dustin Johnson! You Match Donald Trump’s Disloyal Behavior To Our Treasured Institutions!

By Donald A. Collins | 2 June 2022
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Undoubtedly you will be hearing the bleating PR excuses for the value of free competition posed by the Saudi Arabian’s new LIV golf tour promoters. If you buy that facile argument, you join the millions who are happy with the established Trump format of fostering institutional destruction for personal gain.

In this case the oil rich authoritarianism nation, Saudi Arabia seeks to buy credibility by starting a golf tour competitive to our PGA golf tour and many other golf tours around the world.

A similar opportunity to play in the LIV caused Phil Michelson to not go to LIV but then to go into “temporary??” non golfing isolation.

Okay, you may say, but this new sponsor is the rich foreign dictatorship who stands steadfastly against golf and democracy’s core principles of honesty and fair play.

You can read the attached June 1, 2022, Washington Post article about a super star golfer Dustin Johnson who is rich beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, selling out his compatriots for more MONEY. Read here the definitive story.

His mindless betrayal evokes comparison with Trump’s Republican elected Congress people who are his primary supplicants in the upcoming election in order to keep their seats. And they are doing that for far less money than Johnson.

That behavior should bring disgust to most Americans as they vote in the midterms in November. Loss of Johnson’s premier reputation is certainly the ultimate price he has already paid. Like Trump?

And the cost to Johnson has already proven expensive.

Read here.

Let me admit a personal confession: I am a golf addict. It’s the only sport I follow and play. At 91 I am pleased to be playing at all. As I look at the purses now offered by the PGA tour, I gasp with amazement. My contemporary, the late Arnold Palmer won the PGA money title in 1973 with $250,000.

At the PGA Championship this year won by tour star Justin Thomas, several players who tied for 13th place each won $253,000. Thomas won $2.7 million.

No wonder many Americans are aghast at the huge gap in wealth between people of wealth and income and those living paycheck to paycheck. This gap seems ignored in the apparent affection many PGA golf luminaries have for The Donald as this recent article explains.

In fairness let’s assume many who played with Trump as President hopefully have since distanced themselves from him, if only for good PR purposes.

In my own small golf world at Rock Creek Golf Course in NW DC the manager at the clubhouse and his staff have done everything possible to make the front nine a pleasant playing experience.

Having played there frequently for over 25 years, I have expressed to the current senior managing bosses (not the clubhouse staff) my dismay at the destruction of the Rock Creek Golf Course back nine, allegedly the senior staff tells me because the US Park Service denied permission to cut down trees that would obstruct back nine play.

In 7- or 8-thousand-acre tree covered Rock Creek Park this excuse seems absurd, but then since I as an amateur don’t have any political clout, the sportiest public course back nine in DC will be destroyed.

Just seems like money buys everything these days, surely as Bert Lance famously opined in 1977, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” certainly applies to the PFA tour.

And Bert’s advice now applies here to the Rock Creek Golf Course where small money could fix that treasured back nine.

Imagination governing that course’s senior management (the current clubhouse staff are terrific) should get some political pressure going and/or even suggest a fund raiser from its regular golfing users to pay for saving an historic gem now over 100 years old!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” and “Vote”.

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