Who are You to Complain about Where Olympic Uniforms are Made?

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?

7 Responses to “Who are You to Complain about Where Olympic Uniforms are Made?”

  1. Byron Funkhouser says:

    Who am I to complain? Who do I have to be? What’s your First Amendment Test? Do I have to be a property owner? Do I have to have a college degree? Just curious.

  2. gonemild says:

    Fair point, Byron. I should have titled the post “Who are you to complain, other than a total hypocritical nitwit?”. That way, i would have respected the legitimate first amendment rights of people who happen to be hypocritical nitwits.

  3. les says:

    Even better: at the Mittlympics in Salt Lake, the US unis came from Myanmar. When challenged on it, his folks said nuh-uh, we got ‘em in Burma. Your Republican nominee, ladies and gentlemen.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I hope all supplies for http://www.smsg.org/ were made in Missouri.

  5. Cecil Caulkins says:

    The smarter kids already know that it is essentially impossible to buy a wardrobe of American-made clothing. Sometimes, you can’t find one lousy garment with a “made in USA” label. Why is a discussion for another day, but that’s the way it is.

  6. Byron Funkhouser says:

    All of my ‘bought new’ clothes (blue jeans, underware & socks) are made in America. Everything else comes from thrift stores, so I don’t know where they are made. You can buy American, if you want. But, you have to want.

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