Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Left-Wing Weenie Watch

If you were like me and cheered and clapped and jumped up and down and celebrated the extra=time winning goal today to advance to the second round of the World Cup, then you are not the kind of American who would peruse the liberal site of The Nation:
It reminded why these kinds of international competitions can leave me with such a sour taste. Why can't we just recognize that Algeria played gallantly against a better US team, which won by the skin of its teeth? Why must an insanely miraculous athletic victory also be a reinforcer of cultural supremacy? It's yet another reminder why it is so important for progressives to not just thrill to the joys of sport but be conversant in the politics of sports. The right will forever try to pump the worst kind of racist, nationalist garbage through our play, even at moments that by all rights should be above and beyond politics and just about the electric thrill of the moment. Especially given the right’s (and Loverro’s) contempt for "the beautiful game", soccer of all things shouldn’t suffer the curse of being a cheap, political football.
One presumes that anytime the writer goes to a ballgame and the national anthem is played, he sits on his hands. pouts and tries to think happy thoughts about Abu Ghraib and Obamacare.

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