The Importance of Coming in Second

Daniel T. Weaver

Although there have been some efforts to alter our society in recent years, the United States is still a nation that values competition. Whether in sports, politics, the arts or scientific achievement, emphasis is placed on coming in first. That is as it should be.

However, we do not value enough the person who comes in second. While many of us can name all of our presidents, only a few can name the candidates who came in second, names like William H. Crawford, Hugh Lawson White and Alton B. Parker. We often refer to these men and women as losers.

AltonBParker
Alton B. Parker of Cortland, NY

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