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The souvenir sheet of Russia: 3 self-adhesive stamps.

The Olympics: World’s Largest Political Event

Here in the US, there has been a decided lack of interest in the Games, which begins this Friday in Sochi, a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia/Abkhazia and Russia. Many Americans, including this scribe, have finally come to view the Games as just another theater for international politics and we are slowly losing interest in them.

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2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony (Photo credit: Nick Webb)

2012 Summer Olympics Reveals the Same Old Redcoats

A good-natured Mitt Romney thought it proper to stop by another trusted ally, Britain. Well, this spotty friend reverted back to its inherent colonial attitudes when confronted with another American upstart. Since Romney was a chief organizer of the 2002 winter olympics, he was asked if London looked ready for the 2012 summer games. In this setting, the honest businessman, not a career politician, answered. Relying on kinship with Britain, and a belief that Brian Williams was a fair and unbiased journalist, Romney gave an honest answer that didn’t sit well with politically correct Left-leaning ears.

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2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony (Photo credit: Matt Lancashire)

The Dream Of Olympia

Although there is no denying that olympic athletes are among the best up and comers in the world, their performances are overshadowed by the pomp and circumstance that glorifies an almost religious attitude toward global unity through athletic competition. The olympic games take athletic competition and elevate it to the apex of human endeavor, making the medal winners heroes, not only for sports enthusiasts, but for everyone in the nations they represent. Nationalism is reduced to the level of a high schooler cheering for the home team. Lost are the history and institutions that define peoples, nations and cultures. Lost are the moral and civil underpinnings that give meaning to our social structures.

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Going for the Gold and the Real Glory

Going for the Gold and the Real Glory

In the “spirit” of the Olympics; many have trained and have anticipated this present week for years. These individuals have worked extremely hard and have made countless sacrifices to maintain their competitive edge. Finally, all of their hard work and effort has paid off and they are ready to compete. These individuals have subjected their bodies under strict disciple with one goal and one prize in their vision, the gold medal. Where does such an event rank in the importance of one’s life?

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