Allen West “Where did this insidious ploy of the 1% vs the 99% come from?”

Written by Allen West

I had a very hard decision to make this Saturday morning: wake up early in Columbus, Georgia and run along the Chattahoochee River, or run when I got back to sunny beautiful South Florida — guess what I decided? So after landing in sunny, blue-sky West Palm Beach, I drove home to Palm Beach Gardens, unpacked, and headed out to run the 5.5 mile loop around PGA National.

Right now the annual PGA Honda Classic is going on — must admit since I’ve been up in Georgia I have no idea who is leading. As stated, it is a picture perfect first day of March in South Florida and as I ran, I watched nice vehicles with the tops down driving into PGA National. And it hit me, I was surrounded by a bunch of one-percenters.

I have never swung a golf club in my life. However, I live at one of the most picturesque golf courses in America. As I ran, I went by several tees (hope I got that right) and slowed my pace to watch these skilled athletes. They represent the tops in their chosen profession, one-percenters. At some time they were just young men who learned the game of golf, but their dedication, hard work and sacrifice elevated them to a place of prominence.

It is no different than south of me in Miami where folks go to see another group of one-percenters play, back to back NBA champions the Miami Heat.

And north of me in Tallahassee, there is another group of percenters, the 2014 NCAA football champions, the Florida State Seminoles. As I write this missive, I’m watching NCAA college basketball as the Wichita State Shockers seek to do something never done before: finish a regular season 31-0, undefeated. Dang one-percenters.

I live right near the 14th hole and after my run and pushup/situp routine, I walked between the house over to the fairway and watched the crowd follow the action. Just in the distance I could see the golfers and I watched their precision swings — truly a form of art. (story continues)





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