I’ve always been a big sports fan, and the Olympics is one of my favorite chances to support the greatness of my country, the United States of America. It still is a great country — so large and flush with natural resources, and so rich in human culture, diversity, and talents.
As much as I understand the reality of capitalism and business – and how the corporate world must bow more to shareholder profit demands than to some sense of nationalistic loyalty, I found it pretty difficult to swallow the fact that our very own US Olympic team will not be clothed in American-made apparel and sports gear this year, but clothing made in China.
The U.S. was once a manufacturing and industrial juggernaut, too! In fact, it was one of the early centers of the industrial revolution; but, so much of that once great industrial strength has waned -largely due to a diminished world economy and from the gradual outsourcing of our factories and production facilities to offshore locations with cheaper labor, like in China.
We still are a strong country, though – full of talented and hard-working people, like the athletes who will represent us this year in London. I only hope that these outsourced garments will not tarnish the gold and silver our country will inevitably win.