“What do Boston, Massachusetts, and Athens, Greece, and Las Vegas, Nevada have in common?”
I give up. (I always give up to Uncle Pundit’s delphic queries.)
“What happens here, stays here.”
Now, I know that is the Vegas advertising slogan, designed to assure “uncles” that if they take their “nieces” to the place for the weekend the wife will never find out.
“Yes, a pledge of anonymity, of no word escaping. For John Kerry, it was the convention in Boston. No bounce. No leakage. No echo. A week later, as if it never happened. What happened in Boston stayed in Boston.”
But what about Athens? I presume you are saying the same of the Olympics?
But the games are televised all over the place. They pop up on cable channels all the time, mostly while we sleep here in America. The time difference is tough.
“There’s no time difference in Greece itself, and scant attendance. Again, no bounce, played in empty venues. No buzz, even in Athens. Might as well be Athens, Georgia. Even the women’s beach volleyball, where they play in g-strings, doesn’t cast a shadow. Even America’s great swimmer guy gets beat by an Aussie in a body suit and Spitz’s medal record can’t be equaled.”
Speaking of getting beaten. How about that basketball team, the NBA guys, falling to Puerto Rico?
“The guys there are not the ones who need their names in headlines. At least they are there to play and get beat. It’s the dozen or so NBA-ers who declined the invites to come who need spot lighting.”
But it’s a free country. They don’t want to go, they don’t have to.
“But these are guys with a net worth approaching that of Des Moines. You’d think they’d jump at the chance to represent Old Glory at the games. All it means is getting in shape a few weeks before the paying playing season.
“And speaking of paying, is there anybody left who isn’t getting something out of this? A big endorsement contract? Something? Ever hear of a guy named Brundage? What would he say to shipping off a load of professional athletes to compete in the world’s great amateur meet? He’d tear a toga.”
Yes, but those pure days are over. Nobody gets ostracized for having a drink on the boat on the way over, not anymore.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?