Piety, the Constitution, apple pie, our especially excellent mothers: all these gifts contribute to the overall wonderfulness of our country, but the underlying rock of greatness has to be big-time college sports, especially football. This industry builds balanced scholar-athletes, deep thinkers with finely-tuned, healthy bodies, prepared intellectually and morally for demanding careers. It legitimizes the effete and self-indulgent lives of professors who just want to sit around reading and writing stuff, and allows them to make a real contribution to society. It raises the moral plane of alumni, especially those at the rarefied level of trustee and at the summit acme ultimate peak of booster, so they can be beacons of honesty and right thinking in the larger community.
It makes me sad to see all those other countries trying to fight corruption, racism, exploitation, and ignorance without this essential arrow in their quivers, but we have it and they don’t, and that’s obviously how the Lord intended it to be. Every now and then a clueless malcontent like this Prof. Gundlach tries to make trouble, but Auburn will be rid of him in a year, and the republic is secure. Still, he may turn up on your campus, and you may have people like him undermining the program from within already, so keep an eye out. If eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, it’s even more critical to higher values like a bowl bid.