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The cheer of the crowd

"The cheer of the crowd" Continued...

Issue: "The GOP and Hispanics," May 19, 2012

A lot of coaches said that. Or, "Watts, you're not getting the job done. We're going to look at a new quarterback." We want our athletes to be held accountable like that ... but with the school teachers we say nuh-uh. Education and the judicial system ... two last bastions of liberalism. The left will go to the max to protect their turf.

And now you're in business and creating jobs. I've never gone into business to create a job ... I've gone into business to create a profit. If I create a profit there will be a job. If there is no profit there is no job. Jobs are byproducts of profits.

Your dad was a small businessman, wasn't he? Daddy always had a big truck, and he used it to haul watermelon. We hauled hay, we hauled brick, we hauled rock, we moved people.

When you were 7 you went to work in the hayfield? You had these big old long-seemed like 10-mile long-hay rows. These rows had square bales of hay, about 75 pounds each. Daddy would direct the truck down these hay rows and I'd be in there at age 7 just making sure the truck stayed between the two bales of hay.

You're driving? Could you reach the gas pedal? Could not! The gear that Daddy would put it in was called compound. You'd pull this thing up in the stick shift and it would just automatically go down the hay row and accelerate on its own. All I had to do was guide it. I'd get to the end of the row and somebody would get it going another direction, and there I was at 7 years old.

Ever haul hay as an adult? When I left home in 1976 I made a vow: I would never haul hay again in my life unless it was for me. Now I'm in the John Deere business.

Watch Marvin Olasky's complete interview with J.C. Watts:

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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