Your Olympics doesn’t constitute my interest nor earn my support

I could catalog the legion problems with the Olympics, an every 2 years International “Sporting” Event (2ISE), but I don’t want to ruin my February into March doing so. Bitterness remains from moving to the offset model (Summer and Winter Olympics used to be held in the same year) and when they let professional athletes officially participate (the “Dream Team” in basketball was awesomely absurd).

As an American, I would love it if no further 2ISE are hosted on our soil. They are expensive, corrupt, problem fraught, and no longer yield an economic benefit.

That municipalities across the United States constantly vote down even bidding on an 2ISE pitch crosses ideological boundaries in our divisive political landscape says something.

I’m still incensed that Los Angeles will host an 2ISE in 2028. That is a rant for another day.

Tune in tomorrow for my counter opinion.

Victimhood in America

The opener to this post by Anil Dash spoke to me:

I keep having to explain a principle I arrived at a few years ago when I realized the modern conservative movement is grounded almost entirely in a contrived sense of grievance, predicated on a false victimhood of its supporters.

I don’t recall the predicate to Mr. Dash’s epiphany. I would like to think I tuned such nonsense out. My indifference boarding on dislike of hip hop is well known to some, so the remainder of the post doesn’t speak to me per se even though the sentiment does.

His assessment is spot on.

However, I would go further. While the Right makes more noise for their contrivances, I’ve seen this victimhood as systemic throughout U.S. society.

We Americans have the luxury of victimhood, of reality TV, of trolling, of burying our heads in the sand, of Tweeting as action (hint: it’s not), and of expecting someone else to fix it.