As we plonk ourselves down in front of the televisions these next two weeks to watch sports we only care about every four years do we wonder why we do it. Is it national pride that makes us give a crap about something we would never normally give a crap about, or could it be the sappy side stories and heartache the Olympians go through to make the olympic dream happen? You tell me. I personally think the Olympics are good for us as Americans. The games give us a chance to wear our national pride on our shoulder to root for athletes only because the represent the good ol US of A. You know that is why you do it. Tell me you really give a crap about 10M Air Rifle, women’s individual foil, badminton, or water polo. Unless you actually compete in those sports or have children who engage in those sports you don’t care except for every four years when we compete as a nation in them.
You believe in American Exceptionalism and relish it, even though the media and the current administration of our government tell you that is a bad thing, some dirty ethnocentric pride that you have no right engaging in, because who are we to think we are better than the rest of the world. Um, this just in, some breaking news…We are the Freaking United States of America, the Greatest country in the History of the World. A bastion of freedom and liberty, a model of what free society should be, ruled by the people and not ruling the people. A model that other countries try to emulate. We produce the culture, music, movies, and entertainment that the world consumes. Yes, we should be proud, we should stand up and root for America, even if they want us to feel bad about it, because way deep down, they know we are correct. That is why they make such a big deal about it every four years, why it is on every channel, why the wife of the leader of the free world is in attendance, well that and she really just needs a 17th vacation this year.
America is the greatest country in the world and you really shouldn’t worry about how you should feel while rooting for her athletes. You just need to scream U.S.A. and watch the medals come in, just like all of us will be doing. After it is all said and done, you maybe can re-evaluate how the country’s mouthpiece, the media, and the government would have you feel about American Exceptionalism. I mean people come here because we’re great right. Why shouldn’t we trumpet that fact to the world?