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Will golfers give their consent? Will we?


Even with better clubs, no one has ever matched the Grand Slam of Bobby Jones.
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The Royal & Ancient and the U.S. Golf Association, the world's two governing golf bodies, have promulgated a new club-groove ruling that looks as if it might bring professional golf back to earlier standards. But it raises a question for amateur golfers, and we're going to suggest it resembles a heated political question for us today.

The Wall Street Journal explains -

Most of us are happy just to hack the ball out of the rough, period. But the pros have become adept at sucking balls back toward the pin even from lies that are meant to be punitive—far too adept, in the eyes of the regulators. Their skill at such shots has transformed driving accuracy almost into a secondary skill, which is a problem.

The U-shaped club grooves adopted in 1984 created the problem. The new club-groove ruling is intended to place "a greater emphasis on old-fashioned shot making".

Do you sense a move toward what was right in tradition gaining strength all around us? We do.

But will amateur golfers support the rule? Summing up our position on government, a former USGA director observed, The only power the USGA has is the consent of the governed.

The hot political question

We may be hitting into the rough, but we think that is exactly the hot political question in Britain and America today - Does government have our consent? They have been elected, yes, but what if they have been elected under false pretenses?

In Britain, the Labour Government promised to be fiscally responsible and to allow a referendum on the EU, two big promises it has willfully and flagrantly broken. In America, the Obama Administration promised before the election to be fiscally responsible, free of special interests and transparent in their legislative deliberations. They broke every promise, and are trying to ram through big-government bills unsupported by a majority of Americans. The people are withdrawing their consent, but their governments ignore them. What's next?

First, elections. The 2010 General Election in Britain and the January 19th election for the Senator from Massachusetts. Will any real changes occur as a result?

Basing the Declaration of Independence squarely on Britain's Glorious Revolution and Locke's Treatises on Government, rebellious British subjects in America declared -

WE hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

We are entering new territory. Our forebears were here before us.

Comments (1)


What we need at this juncture is informed thinking and powerful rhetoric to clarify our relationship to our traditions. My nomination for quote of the year: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”

Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

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