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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Olympics Prove National Pride Is Alive

Liberals cheered when President Obama declared himself to be a "citizen of the world" before a massive crowd in Berlin in 2008. When Obama subsequently won election as president, many liberals hoped that this would herald an end to old-fashioned nationalism that has existed for centuries. But four years later, the Olympic Games showed that nationalism is as strong as ever. This year's Olympic Games proved that national pride is alive and well. No athlete competed as a citizen of the world. All athletes competed on behalf of his nation.

The gold medalist in each event is honored by playing his national anthem and raising his nation’s flag the highest of all flags. Tears streamed down the cheeks of many of these winners, who often sing along with national pride. After the events, athletes usually waive their nation's flag. Disappointed losers regretted letting their country down. One athlete wept for not winning the gold medal for his nation, even though he did win the silver medal.

Americans watched the Olympic Games this year in far higher numbers than expected, and billions around the world rooted for their countrymen. This is not the end of national pride that the liberals wanted. Just the opposite: nationalism was on big display and brought out the best in everyone. Nationalism, not world citizenry, resulted in spectacular new world records, like the one set by sprinters from Jamaica in the 4-by-100-meter relay. Though our Nation has more than 100 times as many people and far more wealth than Jamaica, its relay team defeated our talented team for the gold medal. Our team did win the silver medal in that event, and the gold in many others.

Nationalism is good for us, good for other countries, and good for the world. The Olympic Games just proved it.

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