In my always humble opinion, the games of the XXX Olympiad couldn't have come at a better time. This might have been the single, most timely event in our history. What a boost the 2012 London Olympians provided a world engulfed in economic crisis, warfare and turmoil. Let's hope it reminds us of how greatness is achieved.
With all of the national media's political doom and gloom coverage of the presidential election, wasn't it refreshing and uplifting to witness the athletes, young and old, not only demonstrate what's made this nation great, but exhibit personal and genuine patriotic pride in their performance and for the opportunity to represent our nation?
What a contrast the Olympic "arenas" were to what takes place in the "political arena." Just consider these examples: Olympic spirit of unity vs. political class warfare, Olympic sportsmanship vs. political "dirty tricks," Olympic pride in achievement vs. political gloat of deception.
Consider, also, the dissimilarity between the "podiums." I got truly emotional when I saw the athletes on their podiums shed tears at the playing of their national anthems. But I get absolutely remorseful when I observe politicians mouthing words of redundancy and play acting sincerity from their "bully pulpits." How inspiring when the athletes "mouth the words" of their anthems, while even our most prestigious politicians often convey attitudes of indifference.
The media interviews also provided a contrast. The Olympians were abundant with heart-warming positivity, while politicians abound with negativity.
In the final analysis, wasn't it inspiring to see our U.S. athletes openly demonstrate what makes this country exceptional: the freedom to achieve greatness in their individual efforts with timeless dedication to improvement through repeated practice and development of skills? Then, to reap rewards accordingly?
My Country, 'Tis of Thee ... let freedom ring!