One World One Dream

I might really tick some people off here, but I am about to be sick.  I haven’t really thought much about the Olympics.  Or to the fact that they are in China, until tonight… I’ve had other things to be more concerned about (like how I’m going to deal with the nasty lady at the only ortho office in the metro that will take LB’s insurance for his ortho work over the next 10 years due to his cleft palate). 

So tonight we turned on the T.V. for a few minutes thinking that we’d find something ridiculous  (like Red Green) to watch while we sipped a glass of wine.  Instead we found the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  Honestly, I’m not a big summer Olympic fan even during normal circumstances.  We will usually watch some of the winter games, usually some of the ice skating, and skiing, but I wouldn’t even say I’m a fan of them either.  If we happen to catch some of them great, if not I’m not gonna cry.  My world doesn’t stop.  We haven’t studied or even talked much about the games.  If I remember, we might watch some of them this week, but it definately won’t be a priority on our school schedule.    The children are definately much more excited about going to Paradise Park tomorrow and Worlds of Fun Thursday than the Olympics. 

Okay, so back to the opening ceremonies.  The commentators are discussing how wonderful this year’s Olympics are.  How happy the participants look (could have fooled me, yes, some of them were, but many had sour faces). They talked about how prosperous China is becoming (I couldn’t help but think about how much of their success is at America’s expense–remember all those Polly Pockets that had to be recalled because of lead based paint?) And how wonderful it "feels" to be a part of something so great!

There is no mention of China not keeping even ONE of their promises that they made in order to secure the Olympics.   And yet, the olympics continue.  No, it’s not fair to those atheletes that trained, but something could have been done before 2 weeks before the games, couldn’t have it? 

The atheletes are going to be competing with smog infested air quality.  I understand that the US biking team came off the plane wearing masks, then ended up apologizing for offending the Chinese government, and taking the masks off.  What happened to the communist country apologizing for not keeping their promises and subjecting these first class atheletes to terrible air quality. 

The commentators continue to goo-goo and ga-ga about how wonderful it is that China is hosting the olympics.  Let me set the record straight. 

It is not wonderful that the entire world is normalizing communism. 

Then there is the theme for this year’s games. 

One World One Dream. 

Makes me want to break out and sing…

"I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony"….

"We are the world, we are the children…"

 gag me with a spoon. 

Would this dream be the one child per family policy? Or the dream of communism?  

Would you believe that Shane just came out clearing his voice and saying that he just couldn’t hold it in any longer.  He belted out the first line of "I’d like to teach the world to sing" and said he really wanted to share a Coke with his communist neighbor.  Then he said maybe a Budweiser would be more appropriate… but then that won’t work either now since a Belguim company will own Anheuser-Busch before long.  

Oh where oh where has the U-S-A gone, Oh where oh where can it be?

If this country elects Obama, we could live out the One World, One Dream motto in 4 years or less…

(btw, if you don’t like what I’ve said please move on, my blog, my thoughts.  The don’t violate HSB’s TOS.  Any nasty comments will be deleted, thank you.) 

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5 thoughts on “One World One Dream

  1. Hi. I've been quite bothered about China having the olympics for some time. I even wanted to boycott them, but my husband is very into sports and won out. Last night I sat up and watched a bit of the opening ceremony with my six-year old daughter, and was quite disturbed when she started gushing about what a wonderful country China was. So I told her a few facts about the reality of life in China.

    What is really funny is that apparantly some journalists agree with me. For two hours before the olympics, the Australian tv network showed a documentary highlighting many of China's human rights abuses, ranging from the one child policy, massacres of anyone with any artistic knowledge, and four year olds forced to practice gymnastics for 36 hours a week. Showing you the faces, talking to the people, seeing how they feel about things.

    That documentary was so cheeky it really brightened up my night 🙂

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  2. Hi Christine! Love your family photo! Thanks for opening my eyes to some facts about China; I knew they were a Communist country and were persecuting there own citizens, but not to what extent. My son was very into watching the opening ceremonies last night. Your blog and the comment before mine have made me realize I can educate my son on the current events in China, and we can count it as a social studies course for homeschool. This "one world" stuff bothers me too. It does feel like our own country is slipping away. I like your blog and will be adding you to my friends.
    Have a great weekend!
    Melanie

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  3. You have voiced a real concern. I doubt if we are even aware of all the things going on over in China, but I definitely know that they are NOT a country to gush over and look to for an example.
    ~Connie

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  4. I might go one step farther than you in saying that the whole 'One World, One Dream' theme sounds ominous. We have quickly reached a point where this age of 'tolerance' is stripping this country of its core values in the name of acceptance of anything and anybody. I, too, have not watched them and don't always grasp the significance, especially following the end of the Cold War. I think that it's amazing how quickly issues like violence and pollution have been smothered in the name of making an all-too-happy presentation. Very thought-provoking. God bless.

    Belinda @ With a Taste of Chocolate
    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/bbullard

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  5. Belinda,
    I definately agree with your post.

    This whole China thing feeds into the bigger picture and our freedom is at stake. In the names of tolerance and peace, we are becoming less tolerant and less peaceful.
    And for China it is a matter of pride and how they look to the world– reminds me of the white washed tombs Jesus spoke of…

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