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Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Business, Health, International, Media, Politics, Society | 3 comments

Olympic ‘Hypocrite’ Harry Reid Should ‘Burn His Own Wardrobe’ (Xinhua, People’s Republic of China)

Are U.S. Congress member violating the Olympic spirit and expressing ‘narrow-minded nationalism and ignorance’ with their near-hysterical reaction to news that Team USA has uniforms made in China? This editorial from China’s state-run Xinhua points out that if Harry Reid and his Congressional colleagues are so angry about China-made products, they should start burning their clothes and smart phones now.

The Xinhua editorial says in part:

Expressing his outrage, Reid went so far as to say, “I think they should take all the outfits, put them in a big pile, burn them and start all over.”

It is astounding that words of such irresponsibility were spoken by a senior political leader.

The Olympic Spirit, which has nothing to do with politics, embodies mutual understanding and fair play. By conflating uniforms with politics, U.S. politicians have revealed a narrow-minded nationalism and ignorance, violating the very essence of the Olympic Spirit.

This fury over U.S. Olympic uniforms is just another case of the fierce and at times absurd political fighting that occurs on Capitol Hill, particularly in an election year dominated by issues of economic growth and job creation.

Of course, common sense tells us that what really counts at competitive events like the Olympics is the performances of the athletes, not the origin of uniforms to be worn at the opening ceremonies.

If accusations like these are justified, why doesn’t the U.S. Congress impose a ban on its members from wearing anything or using any product not made in America?


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  • StockBoyLA

    The Olympics allow nations to show-off their national talent. The Olympics is a very patriotic event for all countries involved and there is much symbolism.

    I think the participating countries should be very proud of their athletes and champion their countries. And I think if the US wants to have uniforms made in the US to promote national pride, along with the best athletes in the world, then we should make that decision. I’m not sure why we would want to take the advice of foreigners in telling us how we can best be patriotic.

    I know having Olympic uniforms won’t solve the unemployment problem. But it is a matter of national pride. Having the world’s finest athletes on stage allows us to say, “Americans all the way and they are so handsome/beautiful in their American outfits. We don’t have to go to China to have good outfits.” That is an image we can be proud of. 100% American with no Chinese interference.

  • RP

    Common sense suggest that uniforms should be made in the USA. With the small number of uniforms needed, the additional cost for making them here compared to China could not be significant to a company as large as Ralph Lauren.

    However, Senator Reid’s outrage is nothing but election year politics. In 2008 and 2010, they were also made in China. In 2002, they were made in Burma.

    Where was Reid, Pelosi and all the others in those years complaining about outsourcing the uniforms?

    Could it be that this plays into the anti-Romney outsourcing ads nicely?

  • StockBoyLA

    RP,

    The GOP is just as much against the Chinese uniforms as the Dems. I don’t think it plays into the Romney outsourcing meme. Though undoubtedly some people will see it that way.

    And you want to know where Reid and Pelosi were in past years, in which the uniforms were also made in foreign countries. I’d like to know where the GOP was, who controlled Congress during some of those years.

    Actually I don’t really. I don’t think anyone paid attention to where the uniforms were made… and I don’t think anyone in Congress knew. You can’t be against something if you’re not aware of it and I don’t think the GOP (who was in charge for a couple Olympic cycles) nor the Dems knew. Past years are a non-issue for me. There’s nothing we can do about it now. Pointing this out only seems politically motivated… though I don’t know which side it would hurt more since I think both Dems and Reps. could be in hot water if past years were truly an issue. So I’d consider the past years’ clothes for the two parties to be a wash.

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