Sunday, October 04, 2009

Oh Rio, Rio, Hear Them Shout Across The Land...

So Chicago lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympics. The winning bid went to Rio, and I'm not going to lose any sleep over it, because, as my friend Trung pointed out on his blog, there is no economic benefit to hosting the Olympics in your city. In fact, it may actually hurt a city economically along with bringing police repression.

But what does irk me are the wingnuts who are so against President Obama that they cheer over the lost bid. Yes, the assholes actually cheered over the loss. Despite the economic burden, hosting the games has always been considered a point of pride. This blatant stupidity prompted Rep. Alan Grayson to comment "Someone should remind them what team they're really on."

Well, it's certainly not the American team that the wingnuts are now playing for. In a recent article, Matt Osborne opined that conservatives are trying to delegitimatize President Obama with the ridiculous idea that Obama claims to be God:
This meme is a form of wishful thinking from the party of faith-based policy: if Obama is illegitimate in the eyes of God, then it is a Christian's duty to oppose him, no matter what he actually does. Thus questions of policy, like scientific studies, are no longer argued on their own merits, but on the sole merit of opposition to the evil president.

This delegitimating of a president -- and, by extension, his agenda -- explains the odd crowing reaction of Republicans to the failed Chicago Olympic bid. It is as if Obama has lost some sheen of idolatrous perfection and been "revealed" as a fraudulent prophet; but only a wingnut would ever think of a politician as a prophet.
So anyway, can't we all just say "Yay, Brazil!" They will be the first South American country to host the Olympics, and plus, this historic event gives me the perfect opportunity to play the best music video ever:


Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

The right wing is positively giddy that the United States will not be hosting the Olympics. Seriously, has it dawned on you yet how utterly despicable these people are? I was just wonderin'.

The main goal of the GOP these days is to insure that President Obama's administration is a complete and utter failure. They want to see as many Americans as possible suffer in the next three years, thus, ensuring that they will be able to seize control of the executive branch in 2013. If the president succeeds in making life better for his countrymen and women, they fail. It's as simple as that. Mitch McConnell, to his credit, always looks quite uncomfortable when he is forced to justify policies as atrocious as those being put forward these days by that hideous party. But Cantor always has a serene, angelic smile on his face whenever he is forced to defend the morally indefensible - sort of like last week, at a Town Hall meeting when he told a woman whose mortally ill relative had been left bankrupt by her medical bills that she should rely on charity. He seemed so content with himself. Quite strange really.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Kristen said...

Hey Tom, thanks for your comments. Yes, it does dawn on me that wingnuts are despicable and want Obama to fail. It dawns on me every single day, and it's the major motivation for my blogging.

I will be sure to check out your blog!