Remember when the GOP and right wing were constantly screaming in our faces about being patriotic? Remember if someone didn’t support the Iraq war they weren’t patriotic?
Remember when French fries were supposed to be called America fries because the French didn’t support the Iraq war? To call them French fries was unpatriotic.
Remember when the Dixie Chicks were chastised because they criticized then President Bush? They were called unpatriotic.
Remember when candidate Obama was called unpatriotic because he didn’t wear a flag lapel pin (even though John McCain didn’t wear one during a debate)?
The GOP and the right wing would wrap themselves in the American flag at the drop of a hat and dare anyone to not be as patriotic as they were.
And yet, when the United States lost the bid to hold the 2016 Olympics in Chicago the GOP celebrated with obvious glee. That’s not unpatriotic?
Why were they celebrating an American loss? Because President Obama, a resident of Chicago, was actively supporting the bid.
So, does that mean when our athletes attend the Olympics to compete and wear the jackets and uniforms that say “Team USA”, these same people will boo? How do you think potential American Olympians feel knowing that Americans are cheering an American defeat? How demoralizing. How sad. How unpatriotic.
President Obama only flew to Copenhagen at the last minute to lend support of an American endeavor because the leaders of the other countries in contention were attending. He felt it was only appropriate for him to also show his support for his country by making a personal appearance, however brief. He was being patriotic.
I’m sure the United States, Japan and Spain were aware that Rio de Janeiro was favored since there has never been an Olympics in South America, and it was long overdue. However, in Japan and Spain, people showed obvious disappointment that their cities of Tokyo and Madrid were not chosen. Flip to news of the announcement in the U.S. and it shows Americans celebrating, cheering and whooping that an American city was not selected. In fact in one group they were particularly gleeful that Chicago was the first to be eliminated.
How will the Olympic Committee look upon this behavior – because the cheering groups were broadcast all over the world – when it comes time to consider the U.S.A. another time? You have to know they will think about it and question if America will fully support an Olympics. These same people who purport to be so patriotic may have torpedoed our shot at another Olympics. That’s not very patriotic.
This was not an Obama loss, this was not just a Chicago loss, it was an American loss. To cheer for that, is unpatriotic.
Cheri Cabot, Politics Correspondent
Cheri’s column, “Personal About Politics,” published every week, will reflect on how the life of a 60 year-old, middle class woman is affected by politics, policy and the current state of the nation - a look at the personal aspects of politics. Her column is part of Gather Essentials.
Cheri is a freelance writer, living in Southern California. She has two grown children and three grandchildren.
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