I must admit that, as I watched Victor Espinoza ride American Pharaoh to a flawless victory in the Belmont Stakes, I got a little something in my eye. I can’t remember the last time I saw pure beauty, competence, and excellence on glorious display like this. It was undeniable and true. Thank you, American Pharaoh, for reminding America what exceptionalism looks like.
At this tragic point in our history, we are used to being lied to. We are accustomed to our sick culture browbeating us about what we must believe is good, right, and beautiful. Bruce Jenner, we are told, in a corset and with the best plastic surgery and Photoshopping money can buy, is beautiful and courageous.
Truth, however, will not be suppressed. Even as one great all-American icon from the 70’s is corrupted and destroyed, another is resurrected and held aloft: the Triple Crown winner.
The last time we saw a horse pull this off was in the 1970’s: Seattle Slew in 1977 and again in 1978 with Affirmed. I was a horse nut as a child, and I will never forget the elation I felt when these magnificent animals, their skilled riders, and the owner-trainer team behind them combined to create moments of sheer glory. All navel-gazing, over-analyzing, custom, mode, and social construct fell away before the undeniable vision of blazing Truth.
But heroic narratives of objective victory are now the enemy of the state, where no one has built anything themselves. It is only a matter of time before the Forces of Light™ set to destroying the latest example of true greatness. Perhaps American Pharaoh will be gelded and made to sit when he tinkles, and we will be instructed to refer to him as a mare. Or maybe there will be dark, unverified-but-broadcast-nonetheless rumors about his performance drug habit. Or perhaps, as a colt, he once made an off-color remark disparaging Freseians. Something will be done to neuter his victory.
But I know what I saw, and so does the rest of America. May our newest Triple Crown winner be a signal fire, as were his predecessors in the late 70’s, that this era of mediocrity and diminished dreams and contempt for hard-working, talented winners is drawing to a close. Let American Pharaoh be the harbinger of a new American revival and cultural revolution, where our national identity of exceptionalism is reaffirmed. Let this majestic animal be the symbol of what we were and will be.
Let America be America again.