Orig. Posted: May 30, 2007
It's about that time again, when the Summer Olympics roll around (2008) and we are all transformed instantly into fans of sports we other wise would never watch. Check swimming and track and field. I'm one of the biggest fans of the Olympics, all time.
However, next year, the Olympics will be held in a Communist country for the first time since they were held in the former Soviet Union in 1980. Those of you 35 and older will remember how President James Earl Carter boycotted then due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
I encourage everyone NOT to tune in next year and watch the public spectacle put on by host nation, China. The Chinese will lead everyone to believe that all is well in their nation and that political dissidents aren't jailed, killed, or even exist. Yup, they're just one big happy Chinese family. Joy, joy, happy, happy.
Yet, we must face facts. People there could not write or even speak the paragraphs in this blog I'm writing today. Despite it's ever expanding, would-be free market economy, the Chinese would be jailed (or worse) if they ever spoke ill against their government. Spies exist in families to make certain that this does not happen. Wearing clothing with the American flag is discouraged, and so is freedom of speech, thought, and action.
We Americans are often lulled into that nice sense that Communism no longer exists and that the words I write are just McCarthyism. My husbands' company does lots of business in China and must watch what he says about Communist policies at his own office, here in the USA.
On the surface, China appears so open to the West, that my conservative friends think that Communism no longer even exists. Don't believe the hype. People in rural areas are extremely impoverished and have to get a permit just to have a baby. If they have a baby without the permit, the young children are taken away from their parents and often killed.
How does all this relate to the Olympics coming up on '08? We must show the Communist government that it is wrong to oppress people. We won't go along with their schemes, while they work to steal our military secrets
I could go on and on about the horrors of China. But, we must learn the lessons of history. If we do not, we'll be forced to repeat them. Educate yourself on what's really happening there!
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