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The Liberal Mindset -- Don't Chant U-S-A at the Olympics

By Bobby Eberle

It's that time again: The Olympic Games. A time when nations come together, not to sing kumbaya, but to compete. Where athletes representing a nation give it their all in pursuit of Olympic gold. Why then do liberals have such a hard time with all this? In the age of Barack Obama, who loves to say that America is not the best, and in a time where mediocrity is pursued instead of excellence, it pains liberals to chant "U-S-A" even during the Olympics.

Let's step into the mind of a liberal and look at his analysis of the Olympics and his "conflict" with rooting for America. Sure, he wants Americans to do well (at least I think he does), but he doesn't want to appear that he's rooting too hard for his country. The column to which I refer is written by David Sirota for Salon.com, but it could have just as easily been written by Barack Obama.

Titled "Don't chant 'U.S.A.!'", the author dives into the history of the Olympics and points to the games of 1984 and 1992 as turning points for him... years in which patriotism ran amok to the extent that he now feels ashamed to root for America. Of course, 1984 was the year of the Soviet boycott of the games in Los Angeles, and 1992 was the year that America sent the "Dream Team" to dominate in basketball.

In making his case that he has "outgrown" his zeal for America to be the best, Sirota laments the fact that Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and the rest of the Dream Team were assembled to beat competitors to a pulp. Personally, I've always had a problem with the so-called "amateur" nature of the Olympics. Everyone knows that other nations would seek out their very best athletes. They would train them, feed them, and pay for everything so that these "amateurs" could compete. It should be about the best versus the best, period.

But according to Sirota, it was just too much American dominance for him. I bet he was loving women's gymnastics this time around, when three of the very best female gymnists in the entire world are Americans, yet only two were allowed to compete in the all-around exercises. Apparently, even in the Olympics, excellence is giving way to diversity.

Here's what Sirota thinks:

However, I've outgrown the lust for an overpowering victory that has us, medal-count-wise, leave everyone else in the dust. I've outgrown it because while I know our athletes deserve our support and respect, I also know that the same respect is due all the competitors from all the nations at the games -- and respect is something wholly different from complete conquest.

It's a truism we should remember when watching the Olympics -- and when contemplating the larger world.

Hello! Was this guy ever an athlete? Olympic competition (any competition) is about doing your absolute best in the pursuit of VICTORY. There is no disrespect presented when someone tries to beat someone else. That is the nature of competition.

I'm sick and tired of liberals wishing for something less for America.... that we somehow owe it to the world to not be good any more... that we should not have pride in being an American.... that chanting "U-S-A, U-S-A" is somehow taboo.

This is America. Love it or leave it.

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  1. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    August 3, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Let’s just give everyone a gold medal and call it a day then. Sirota should be pleased that China is doing well. It appears they’ve put our money to good use. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      August 3, 2012 @ 10:31 am

      Maybe he and the others who feel that it is too painful to chant USA should chant, China, China, China, renounce their citizenship and go live in China!

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    • elderalComment by elderal
      August 3, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

      pypypypy is correct. Liberals yearn for their idealistic socialist utopia when the truth is that it does not exist; never did, never will. Let all who want the liberal / socialist / communist life just choose some other nation where they can be “happy” like North Korea, China, Cuba, or some other totalitarian dictatorship in the world. With the libs gone, the rest of us, who love freedom, will be able to work together to stop America’s dive into obscurity and moral degradation. Good riddance to the libs who hate America and the principles that made her great ! U-S-A U-S-A !

      There are planes and ships leaving America today. I hope many liberals will avail themselves of the “Right” to leave.

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      August 4, 2012 @ 12:22 am

      I have one word for David Sirota; – - go-suck-an-egg.

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 3, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Build your own business,,,,”You Didn’t do that”

    Create a nation where all men are created equal in equal opportunity,,,,,”You Didn’t do that”

    Sacrifice 500,000 lives in a civil war to free the black race in Liberty,,,,,”You didn’t do that”

    Free the world from Nazi and Japanese Imperial Tyrrany,,,,,”You didn’t do that”

    Fly to the moon and plant your flag in freedom,,”No you didn’t do that”

    Build the world’s most productive economy in Capitalist pursuit of excellence in personal empowerment as displayed in personal accomplishment in the accumulation of personal property which is only the scorecard of the results…”You didn’t do that”

    Hunt down and kill the source of the evil which took the lives of 3000 of our citizens???? No Barry, you did not do that either but just sat in awe of the real Americans who overrode your fear to act, your fear to excel, your fear to risk all in a competition where you fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, cowering in fear of your inability to force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, where you and your faint heart never feels the thrill of victory in excellence or the agony of defeat in the trying,,,no Mr. President, you just hide within the safe confines of your failed socialist collective of losers while others take the real risks so that you could steal their victories and the glitter of their hard earned metals at the proper time of the next election. You and your kind are unfit to run a nation of citizens who seek to fulfill their dreams in the pursuit of individual excellence that your tax levelers are always in the shadows ready to cut them back down to your level of you and your party of mediocrity. Your mind that dwells in the loving of foreign people, foreign ideologies and foreign government is definitely unable to grasp the concept of what is really is to be an American.

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    • B.FrogComment by B.Frog
      August 3, 2012 @ 10:15 am

      Inluminato

      I appreciate your points greatly; but if you are going to plagiarize Rudyard Kipling…..at least give him credit. The poem is “If” by Rudyard Kipling……everyone should read it. I also recommend “Opportunity” by Edward Rowland Sill.
      U-S-A, U-S-A!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 3, 2012 @ 10:17 am

      I have posted this poem with credits on previous occasions. One mans plagerism is another’s scholarly research. Imitation is the best form of flattery, particulary when it speaks truth which belongs to all, not just those who speak it, but actually seek it.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      August 3, 2012 @ 10:24 am

      “You and your kind are unfit to run a nation of citizens who seek to fulfill their dreams in the pursuit of individual excellence”

      Obama and his kind are unfit to live in a nation such as this one … much less run it.

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    • WarpfieldComment by Warpfield
      August 3, 2012 @ 11:45 am

      Actually, the death toll for the Civil War was closer to 650,000 with one recent researcher making claims that it may even be higher, (750,000), based on Census data.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      August 3, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

      The total battle deaths for both sides combined was approximately 620,000, but there were countless other deaths from disease which probably would put the total at at least 750,000. Whether the war was fought to free the slaves is questionable, however, but that’s a topic for another forum.

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  3. Mary SComment by Mary S
    August 3, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I’m so sick of these people. I’m sick of the bully pulpit they use to pass judgement on people who have a differing opinion, I’m sick of their weird logic, I’m sick of constantly reminding supposedly smart people to focus on real issues and refuse to allow themselves to be distracted by sound bites.

    I feel nothing but pride watching those young athletes achieve their dreams – they know what it means to work and work and work to be the best they can be. It gives me hope for the future. And it makes my heart swell when they give the glory to God on national television – NBC no less!

    God Bless America and Americans.

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  4. badkarma060Comment by badkarma060
    August 3, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Sirota you fool. The idea is to give it your all. When you do that, you show the guy who is competeing against you, that you respect him/her enough that you didn’t lie down. If they lose, a real athlete will train to beat you, you just raised the bar. Everyone wins with that mentality. I guess you are one of those who think everyone who shows up should get a medal, so they don’t get their feelings hurt. Imbeclie…

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      August 3, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      “Sirota you fool. The idea is to give it your all.”

      And when your all isn’t good enough, criticize those whose hard work has made them the best.

      At least Sirota will never have to worry about being humble in victory.

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    • WaltComment by Walt
      August 3, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      Sirota has never been an athlete or he would know what it means to work,sweet, and work some more to be the best, the whole point in any form of sports is to do your best, if you win the feeling is like no other except when you make God your personal Savior,so the athletes in the Olympics deserve all the respect we Americans can give them and the praise. USA USA

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  5. jb80538Comment by jb80538
    August 3, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    So if liberals have a hard time chanting “USA” at the olympics or anywhere else for that matter, maybe they should go live somewhere else. We don’t need people that hate America.

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  6. willyrhoComment by willyrho
    August 3, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    One word describes these: Obama, Holder, Polousy, Reid, and this Moron. It is TRAITOR. Or Treason maybe TREASON.

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  7. calradoComment by calrado
    August 3, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I might just agree with this lefty…let’s not be ugly Americans, and show a bit of humility. We’re kicking most of their butts, so let’s not be arrogant and obnoxious about it!

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      August 3, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

      “I’ve outgrown the lust for an overpowering victory”

      If you don’t go into it to win, don’t play. Second place is just the first-place loser.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      August 3, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

      Last I looked, China had the highest medal count, including the highest gold medal count. Our athletes are not paid to train and compete. They voluntarily sacrifice their childhood to train to be the best. Some of their parents even move to help their child fulfill a dream. They get up early to drive their children to practices. They give up luxuries to pay for coaching and equipment. We should be proud of these athletes. I’m not ashamed of them or this great country that allowed them to accomplish that dream. We should strive for exceptionalism and embrace it when we achieve it. We should want to be a “shining city upon a hill.”

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    • calradoComment by calrado
      August 3, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

      Let’s not rub their faces in the fact that we have the GREATEST country with the best athletes on the planet…just sayin’

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    • CharieComment by Charie
      August 4, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

      Why is chanting “USA, USA” being arrogant and obnoxious? Are the American families at the games who are rooting for their sons/daughters supposed to sit on their hands and applaud politely and then order tea?

      I see no one there, no matter from which country, doing that. Cheering your team on is the natural thing to do. If our athletes were walking over and poking the losers in the eyes or those in the stands booing the losers you’d have justification for that but nothing like that goes on.

      I suggest you rethink your position. I question your conservative bona fides.

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    • FedUpWithTheCrapComment by FedUpWithTheCrap
      August 6, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

      In competition as with life, if you give 100% and get beat, you can still hold your head high. If an opponent beats you when you are giving less than 100%, then you have insulted them as well as brought shame upon yourself.

      In this PC world we’re subjected to these days, the left in this case, wants to remove all ambition. Ambition leads to success eventually. Learn through your losses and remember, there is only one winner per event! Kids for many years now have lost this basic understanding in nature. Business, sports, nature itself all reward the one who works and tries hardest.

      Frankly, I really have lost my concern about what the rest of the world thinks of US. Our own occupant in the White House has tried to downplay the US long enough. We need to rise up and let him and the rest of world we won’t go away quietly. We’re the best for a reason and we can regain that status again if we work together for a common goal. We cannot afford to get sidetracked by current WH and MSM words telling us we’re full of hate, etc. We’re not, we’re just trying to regain some of the pride that propelled us to the prominence we’re on the brink of losing.

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  8. Holmes SimonsComment by Holmes Simons
    August 3, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Sirota likes the Olympic Flame. At Salon.com the flamers like to stick together, appendage to orifice, as they proudly exclaim, “US(uck)A, US(uck)A” – [fill in the blank]. Maybe the Olympic Committee will add “Chasing Rainbows” to the 2016 Games, so Sirota and his pathetic band of merry, anti-American deviants can feel gay pride once again. That would be queer to see them prancing to and fro searching for the gold medal at the end of the rainbow, only to find that Orpheus had replaced it with a free lifetime membership to NAMBLA.

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  9. Joseph Jr VanchieriComment by Joseph Jr Vanchieri
    August 3, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    The system that liberals want doesn’t work. Let’s take womens gymnastics. For the all around each country sends their two best to compete. What this does is discount atheletes who had score high enough to be in the top 24 but can’t compete because of the feel good rule that only two from each country. Do I think it would have come out different if they went back to the old rules. I can’t say but they took it out of the equation so it doesn’t matter. A bunch of excellent gymnasts lost the chance to win gold so lower scoring atheletes ccould. So being rewarded for not doing as good as the rest. I was just glad that our teams were good enough to win even with the ” feel good rules ” in place. I am hoping that the atheletes will stand up and in unison tell the Olympic committee that the rules in the gymnastic competition are unfair and limits how many of the ” best ” get a chance to go for the all around.It allows the system to put lower skilled in competitions they can’t win.
    Our govenment works the same way now. They want to pay you for doing nothing so you become dependant on them.We need to instill pride into all of our citizens again and with Obama and his socialist minions it will never happen.

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    • Mary SComment by Mary S
      August 3, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

      Our public schools work the same way too. And that’s why we have such limited intelligent discourse on issues of importance – we have educated out critical thinking skills. Let’s face it – it’s much easier to just agree with the “experts”.

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      August 4, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

      Remember; an “ex” is a has been, and a “spurt” is a drip under pressure.

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  10. Allen SComment by Allen S
    August 3, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    We are watching the olympics in our home and my grandchildren love to chant USA, USA, USA and if we were there we would do the same. America is still the greatest country on earth and if -0 and his cronies want to make us a third world country and think they will be the elite and rule us; they are badly mistaken. They will be useless idiots just like they try to make us useless. We need to speak out against the left and keep showing how we think about them when we supported Chick-fil-A this past week. I am proud to be an American and I want the Constitution of our country to rule; not socialism.

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  11. brightlightComment by brightlight
    August 3, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    Sirota needs to spend a day with a dedicated athlete in the persuit of excellence before running off at the mouth. Most likely a weasley litle guy never having an ability to do anything except sit behind a typewriter and be spitefully critical. How about:
    The gymnastic still ring performers who work 8-10 hours a day with rawhide for the palms of his hands,the skin long since having been ripped off.
    Other athletes traing and performing with bad shoulders, recovered broken bones, torn muscles, injuries of all types a normal person would be unable to endure.Sirota would be one of those who would try a skill on any athletic event and stop after 5 seconds.

    They do train hard because they know their competitors(each of which they know well)are doing the same and perhaps more. only the moment of competition will tell the story whether enough was done to prepare.Their prep is all done individually
    no one can take their place or share in their accomplisments. They make a team individually as well.But only then can everyone share in the accomplisments of each other on the team
    They need all the cheering they can get.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      August 4, 2012 @ 2:09 am

      I’d love to put him up on one of my three-day event or dressage horses; I’d bet money he couldn’t even get any of them out of their favourite gait – the HALT! :D

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  12. superinfidelComment by superinfidel
    August 3, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    They can bite me.

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  13. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    August 3, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Interesting to see American diversity in action. The US gold medal winning gymnast, a black girl, goes to Ohio, live with a ‘foster’ family, to train with a coach of obviously Asian heritage. Can any other country even come close to comparing?

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  14. Richard MoneyComment by Richard Money
    August 3, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Liberals like Sirota are the same goofballs that think we shouldn’t keep score in Little League or who believe you can’t tell little Johnny that 2 + 2 doesn’t equal 5 because it might hurt his self-esteem. Hogwash! This country has been a shining light on the hill for millions around the world specifically BECAUSE of competition, not in spite of it. Time and again when America has been challenged, American exceptionalism has risen to meet and exceed the challenge. Pearl Harbor, Sputnik, The Twin Towers terrorism attacks, it doesn’t matter. Name the challenge; you can see America rising to meet it. One thing I found conspicuous by its absence in Sirota’s article was any mention of the medal haul that China is piling up. They are neck-and-neck with the USA in both gold medals and overall medals, but somehow that doesn’t seem to bother Sirota at all. I guess the dignity of the other athletes around the world only matters if it’s the USA whipping them; when China is laying the beatdown, that’s perfectly OK. Liberals like Sirota really slay me. They hate America and everything she stands for, but they have no trouble staying here and reaping all of the benefits of the free society that they hate so much. Hypocrisy pours off of them like sweat off a construction worker, but they are completely blind to it. Incredible. I’ll say again what I’ve said before…if you hate America that much, leave. I assure you the good ol’ USA will get along just fine without you.

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  15. Stanley SotoComment by Stanley Soto
    August 3, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Maybe David Sirota of Salon.com would be happier living in France, or Russia? I’m sure he would be more comfortable rooting for their teams instead…

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  16. rosechComment by rosech
    August 3, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    You must know by now that most liberals do NOT excel at anything except stupidity, name calling, stone throwing (short distances only), and put downs because they have no claims to anything better or greater. Knowing this, you can just put anything they say in the garbage pail. If you don’t like America, leave it – while you still have that freedom to do so. We do not need naysayers, dire forecasts, ill conceived science, etc., etc. Turn off your TV and don’t watch the Olympics – that is obviously the best and easiest solution for ignoramuses!

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  17. slickzipComment by slickzip
    August 3, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    AMEN GOD BLESS the USA I will always shout it loud and often !

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  18. LAPhilComment by LAPhil
    August 3, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I’m personally a little turned off by the Olympics in general. It seems like every time there’s someone or some country cheating, and now we have the American guilt syndrome where we can’t even root for our own country without fear of offending somebody. And who cares about badminton and beach volleyball anyway?

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      August 3, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

      Really Phil? You are from California and don’t like beach volleyball? That would be like someone from West Texas not liking football. Especially high school football.

      I actually like watching the beach volleyball. Having played 6 man volleyball on a hard surface (strictly for fun) I have a lot of respect for two people who can cover a court made of sand. Sand is tough to run in.

      Granted, much of the coverage is taped and you already know who has won. Some of the competitions aren’t very interesting to watch. But at least it gives an alternative to summer reruns and reality shows.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      August 3, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

      I guess I’m just not a very good Californian! But that’s probably a good thing all in all.

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  19. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    August 3, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    You play the game for one reason and that is to win. No matter who the opponent is. Chanting for your team is done in every country no matter the sport or competition. Only traitors would not root for their country.

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  20. grannylakeComment by grannylake
    August 3, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Personally, I don’t really care what this guy or others of his ilk have to say.

    People who have been given unearned rewards their entire lives to make up for their deficiencies will never be smart enough to understand that as an American everyone has an opportunity to be the best according to their ability, desire and hard work.

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  21. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    August 3, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    I suppose this guy would also get rid of cheerleaders. They might make the other team “feel bad.” While we’re at it, let’s give everyone a medal, not keep score, don’t time the speed events. Those things can be demoralizing to the less accomplished athletes.

    The gymnast thing just made me sick. Jordan Wieber should have been allowed to compete in the finals. It isn’t as though letting those less accomplished gymnasts from other countries into the finals won them a medal. The dominant teams going into the finals were USA, Russia and China. USA won gold, Russia won silver and after resolving a tied score with the USA, Russia ended up with the bronze as well.

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  22. amishronComment by amishron
    August 3, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    It would be a good time for Sirota & the rest of the liberals who are ashamed of the United States to leave. We don’t want people who are not proud of the U.S.A. They can go to a foreign country preferably a communist country & if they could, please take that communist in chief we have in the white house with them.

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    August 3, 2012 @ 2:06 pm
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  24. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    August 3, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    It occurs to me that he has just plain lost his lust for life. When you loose your lust for being good at, if not the very best at what life brings to you, then you have lost your ABILITY to win in direct proportion to your WILL to succeed to the very best of your ability.
    Would he want to hire a body guard who is quite content to be OK at his profession?. I think anyone with a sound mind would prefer the one who excels at what he does.
    His loss of lust to be the best, is present in his writing skills, and articles.
    GO USA, GO USA, GO USA. KICK THEIR REARS.

    TAKE OUT THE TRASH IN NOVEMBER.

    THE WILL TO WIN AT THE DESTRUCTION
    OF A NATION, IS THE ONE LUST WE WILL
    NEVER CHAMPION

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  25. mvotano58Comment by mvotano58
    August 3, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    He probably played T-ball where no one took score and every one got a trophy. USA, USA, USA.

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  26. Melissa ThatHappens VotanoComment by Melissa ThatHappens Votano
    August 3, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Really??????

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  27. braines57Comment by braines57
    August 3, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    I have a suggestion: let’s eliminate winners in political races and replace it with a “Co-Presidency”. Senator McCain can now be “Co-President” with Osama and Governor Palin can be “Co-Vice President” with Biden. Wonder how the left would feel about that idea? What a bunch of hogwash! My youngest daughter has always loved school and has always been competitive and each year, it never fails that in at least one course she has some small group of classmates who mock her and malign her because she tries to do her best. What is really happening is that she shows them up. She has completed the assignments which they did not, done the reading that they did not, and knows the answers which they do not. Rather than try to improve their performance, they prefer to try to pull her down so that the grading “curve” won’t give them the “F” they truly deserve. They are probably all either future liberal politicians or welfare cases, because from where I sit there isn’t a spit’s worth of difference between the two.

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      August 3, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

      Your youngest daughter must not have reached high school yet. As my son and his group of fellow students discovered years ago, there was not a single merit scholar in any of his advanced classes where grading was still done on the curve. Classes like calculus, AP English, advanced physics, advanced chemistry and physics are not taken by those interested in a high grade point and the title — valedictorian. Can you picture one school in Oregon had 75 valedictorians because all had received nothing but the highest grades during their 4 years.

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  28. middlegroundComment by middleground
    August 3, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    I hadn’t realized Ann Romney’s dressage was undertaken as part of her MS therapy, but since this Olympic sport is under fire by the MSM as a sport for only the wealthy like Ann Romney, I think it is essential to state that the only American Olympic medal winner in this sport was a school teacher from California, Hilda Gurney. She put her thoroughbred horse in a horse trailer and took him across country to compete the 1972 Montreal Olympics and paid for her way back home by giving clinics along the way. Both my son and daughter attended one of her clinics and were amazed to see a horse perform at this level. Hilda Gurney’s horse wasn’t one of those expensive European Warmbloods, but an ordinary horse with tremendous ability, but it probably wasn’t fast enough to race. Every year there are thousands of similar thoroughbreds sold in auctions for almost nothing, but most Olympic medal winners have been European men where the sport grew out of the days when horses were used in combat and where horses are still put through grueling tests that are similar to those of China’s Olympic athletes.

    Let us demand some honesty in what is being reported. There are lots of horse lovers in America and most of them aren’t wealthy. They just love horse sports.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      August 4, 2012 @ 2:48 am

      amen, middleground. but 72 was Munich, Montreal was 76, and while definitely a champion of the off-the-track-Thoroughbred, Hilda Gurney isn’t the US’s only dressage medal winner. so far, we haven’t had an individual medalist but in 1996, 2000 and 2004 the US won team bronze in dressage. we were 4th in 2008, with Steffen Peters less than half a point out of the individual medals in 4th place as well. and I think the medal count in equestrian is pretty much down the centre for men and women, at least since women were allowed to compete in them.

      the three-day event was formerly called the military and the 3 phases – dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping – arose from what a courier might encounter in delivering messages. for the uninitiated, the dressage is meant to test a horse’s obedience and suppleness, cross-country is a test of courage, fitness and stamina, and stadium jumping shows that the horse can still do a moderate jumping course after the gruelling cross-country. eventing used to be much tougher, but the format was changed for the Athens Olympics in 2004, mostly due to land constraints. the IOC was considering dropping eventing because it takes so much area to hold. the short format is now the standard. in a long-format three-day, the “second” day (it’s usually actually the 3rd day, because generally it takes 2 days to get thru the dressage, depending on the number of entries) was called Speed and Endurance and consisted of 4 phases: Roads and Tracks, just a sort-of warm-up done at a moderate trot with some galloping to get the horse warmed up for Steeplechase – a course of maybe 8 steeplechase jumps done at a speed of around 600 metres per minute, a pretty fast pace. then there’s a second, longer, Roads and Tracks to cool down from the steeplechase. after second R&T there was a 10 minute veterinary hold, to assess the horse’s fitness to continue (it was 15 minutes in Atlanta due to the higher humidity), THEN came the actual cross-country. Thoroughbreds and Thoroughbred crosses were formerly the breeds of choice because they had the speed and stamina. the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand were the top eventing countries for years because they rode mainly TBs and TBXs. but since the format change, which was heavily favoured by breeders of the heavier warmblood breeds, TBs aren’t seen as much in the upper levels. which really *****. I’m definitely a Thoroughbred person! and many of the top level eventers of the past have been former racehorses.

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  29. antronfiveComment by antronfive
    August 3, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    I am really tiring of using the term liberal or progressive to define the godless marxist communists that we are dealing with. These people are out to destroy Christianity and The Constitution of the United States. These are not liberals, these are lying, manipulative, evil communists. Why are we trying to destroy evil rulers around the globe, when we have our own right here in the good old U.S.A. …. or is politically incorrect now to use the letters U.S.A. ?

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  30. Larry VilesComment by Larry Viles
    August 3, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    I assure you Sirota was never an athlete. If he was, he would know an athlete wants to strive for victory against the very best opposition possible. It was the basketball players in the rest of the world that wanted to test their mettle against America’s Dream Team. Even in defeat, they knew they had competed with the best. No Olympic athlete wants a ribbon for participating. They want an honestly won victory.

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  31. rushbabe49Comment by rushbabe49
    August 4, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    How about chanting U-S-A at every local event this summer?
    On my WordPress Blog, rushbabe49.com, I did a little essay on The Liberal Mindset. Check it out!

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  32. Stan ParrishComment by Stan Parrish
    August 4, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    If the liberals cant put aside their political correctness and just support their country, then they should stick it where the sun dont shine and just go away.
    They need to step away from their make believe fantasy land and get a life.

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  33. CharieComment by Charie
    August 4, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Under law we are all equal but not personally. Somehow I just don’t see Michael Phelps singing the lead in “The Barber of Seville”.

    Perhaps Liberals cannot see that each of us in our own little corners of the world excel in various things but don’t make a big splash so we don’t count. They’re so busy putting us all in the little slots where they want us I believe they’ve lost all concern for our humanity, we the uncommon common people

    I believe this is why they try to inflict their view of us as “the masses” on us. This is the type of thinking that gives rise to such abominations as the “Affordable Health Care Bill” and Food Stamps for all.

    I have to believe this is actually a form of mass insanity that has taken root in the Democrat Party.

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  34. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    August 13, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    What this ‘elitist’ twit, Sirota, conveniently left out of his anti-American screed, is the FACT that most of these “World” athletes were trained in the USA while getting a FREE ride college scholarship on OUR dime. We should be screaming U-S-A during every competitive event because our tax dollars paid for their training.

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