Getting a trophy for participating is an embarrassment.  The expectation IS to participate – in all arenas – sports, community, societal, government etc.  Getting a trophy, is for the winners in US.  We  all have the ability and in this nation the opportunity, to become winners.  Some will, some will not, so what!!  Get over it to all those who do not win.  Try harder, be smarter, execute a game plan better and YOU will become a winner.  We lose more then we win in life.

There is no prize for just showing up.  That’s called Socialism, in governmental societies – and it has never been successful., anywhere or at any time.