Sometimes I fear that the movie “Idiocracy” was not a dark comedy but a sober reflection of the future. This week’s dose of head shaking was brought on by a silly news cycle about the US Olympic team’s uniforms being made in China. Outrage!
Sure enough, cheap-shot politicians stepped forward as the scent of political opportunism wafted through the air. Sure enough, this “crisis” was “solved”, and a deal has been worked out so that thoughtless nativism can win silver, and hypocrisy wins gold. By 2014, US Olympic uniforms will be made in the US.
Rah freaking rah.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I support American manufacturing and unions. Well, to be more clear, I say I support American manufacturing and unions, but, when it comes time to buy clothing, I go to a store and buy something off a rack populated exclusively by foreign-made items.
And I will promise you that if you go into Dianne Sawyer’s closet, or the closet of any of the noisy opportunist politicians that raised Cain about American pride and manufacturing, you will find a collection of labels that looks like the UN.
Now, the US Olympic Committee has responded to public and political pressure, and that is fine. But before you put your flag away and pat yourself on the back for your common sense patriotism, take a look at the “uniform” you wear every day. Are you less American than our synchronized swimming team? Why?