Has It Come to This?

A just released Fox News poll shows that “respondents would prefer Romney as their investment advisor by a 47-to-34 margin. But when asked which candidate they would hire as a life coach, respondents backed Obama 47 percent to 33.”

Life coach? Since when did this concept come about and what is it? According to Wikipedia, “Life coaching is a practice that helps people identify and achieve personal goals. Life coaches help clients set and reach goals using a variety of tools and techniques. Life coaches are neither therapists nor consultants; psychological intervention and business analysis are outside the scope of their work.”

In other words, they really don’t have any skills themselves, but expect you to think they do. So far, that fits Obama pretty well.

It continues: “Life coaching draws inspiration from disciplines including sociology, psychology, positive adult development, career counseling, NLP, mentoring and other types of counseling. Contemporary life coaching can be traced to the teachings of Benjamin Karter, a college football coach turned motivational speaker of the late 1970s and early 1980s.”

In other words, nothing concrete and nothing of substance is brought to the table by practitioners.

“Critics contend that life coaching is akin to psychotherapy without restrictions, oversight, or regulation.”

Well, that sounds like Obama’s world, too. He tells you what to do and there is no one to stop him from doing it.

I guess, then, that it makes sense that Obama would be a life coach.

But when did American citizens ever need a life coach? This is more of the nanny state gone mad. Jane and John Doe no longer are able to decide how to live in the United States. They can’t handle purchasing housing, getting a job, managing their own health care, teaching their children or providing for their old age. Even worse; they don’t want to. So we need life coaches to show us how it’s done and who better to do it than the Preezy of the United Steezy?

I’m glad my ancestors who came to this country – without life coaches, poor things! – are not alive to see this age. When my grandfather’s alcoholic dad abandoned them and his mother died when he was 9 and the oldest of four boys, there were no grief counselors around to help him cope. When he was placed in an orphanage there were no federal inspectors to condemn the spoiled food he was given. When he was old enough to leave at age 14 there were no agencies to help him find a job. When the other grandfather stepped off the boat at Ellis Island he didn’t encounter any welcoming committee ready to place him in a position. He didn’t speak the language at all, but no one put him in an English as second language program. No life coaches anywhere.

Yet they survived and thrived. Imagine that!

God help us if we see our commander in chief now as a life coach. In that game, count me out.

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