As I watched parts of the closing ceremony and listened to the commentators heap gooey praise on China for putting on such a great event, I thought about all the human rights violations that were covered up by the news media and reporters in order to get the coverage they wanted. I also asked myself,”How much of this junk is real?” Obviously it was delayed due to time zones, but how much of it was pre -taped and edited for TV? Of the lights, fireworks, and music, am I watching a performance that was filmed live, or is this some cinematic reproduction? NBC has shown that they are quite capable of complicity with the communist government of China, so I guess it wold not be a huge surprise to find that the closing, like the opening, was full of fakery. Like someone said before, the fake gymnasts’ ages, the fake fans, fake fireworks, and fake singing of the cute girl cannot be where this whole thing ends. Everything this government does is fake, and NBC needed the coverage and the money. Bring back the games for the sake of the games without all the hype and fakery.
Tag Archives: Communism
What to do? In 1980, President Carter told the world that the USA along with 50-60 other nations would not participate in the Games of the XXII Olympiad which were being held in a communist dictatorship in Moscow, USSR. The USSR had a history of harsh prison sentences, a lack of property rights or individual and civil liberties, and the occasional torture and execution to boot. They were also involved in an illegal war in Afghanistan. Though it was and still is a controversial decision, I believe Carter did the right thing. We would not lend credence to a government that oppressed so many people in the name of political ideology (a veiled power grab, truth be known).
Here we are, 28 years later and the Olympics are once again being held in a totalitarian communist nation. With news reports that dissidents are being jailed to prevent them from being seen protesting and making trouble on the world stage while so many nations will have cameras on them, and other news stories stating that China is restricting internet access from their people and outside news agencies, I ask: Should we be there?
From the above linked Washington Post article on dissidents being jailed:
The crackdown comes seven years after the secretary general of the Beijing Olympic Bid Committee declared that staging the Games in the Chinese capital would “not only promote our economy but also enhance all social conditions, including education, health and human rights.”
Now, human rights have been set back rather than enhanced, activists say.
“The Olympics have reversed the clock,” said Nicholas Bequelin, a Hong Kong-based specialist for Human Rights in China.
Another foreign human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International, came to a similar conclusion in a report issued Monday titled “The Olympics Countdown — Broken Promises.
I really love the Olympic games. It’s great to see the spirit of competition and cooperation. You may ask, “How can we punish the athletes who are not political? How can we punish the other nations of the world and millions of proud patriotic fans by withdrawing our support?” It’s a tough pill to swallow. Someone has to pay for this atrocity that is having the olympics in an oppressive communist nation.
“Show them the spirit of freedom, open their eyes to the greatness of our free system and they will embrace and emulate us!” you say? Isn’t that like seeing someone mugged and instead of coming to the aid and defense of the innocent, we look at the attacker, walk over and hug someone and say “this is how you should treat other people”. I say we should do more than model good behavior; we should combine the modeling of good behavior with the fight against bad behavior.
I will watch and pull for the US in the Olympics this Summer. I hope we clean up in medals and especially beat the snot out of the host country. But if I had my choice, I would have preferred that the USA boycott these Olympic games and let the IOC be on notice that the world’s greatest nation will not participate in validating China’s oppressive regime.
- Kansas vs Davidson last night was a historic game. If Davidson won they would be the first 10 seed to make the final four. If Kansas won, it would mark the first time all four teams in the final four were 1 seeds.
- Davidson was 1 play short of being David to Kansas’ Goliath. Dell Curry’s son didn’t get an open shot so he dished to a teammate who threw up an NBA 3 pointer.
- I opened a twitter account and started twittering.
- Jesse needs to put all the videos on youtube.
- I missed being at church yesterday.
- Tomorrow’s “profiles” blog entry is going to be great. My dad is writing again about a massive event in 1992 at the church. He really needs to start up his blog so he can write about all his adventures.
- Someone at work told me that Communism was a good system on paper; he said the only reason it doesn’t work is because man won’t let it. I know what Glenn Beck means when he says that he needs to duct tape his head so it won’t explode! This guy at work said communism ignores the human factor and that is why it doesn’t work. Any system that is set up for man, yet ignores man is not a system that can work EVEN on paper. DUH!
- The Democrats are trying to get Rush Limbaugh indicted for “Operation Chaos”. That’s ridiculous. Rush is cracking me up on this one.
- Word on the street is that the Canes will go three deep at RB this year. Could be a fun year for this team.
- I want to go see Horton Hears a Who this week.
- I wrote this entry from work but I had to get home to add the links.