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Represent With Honor, Dignity, and Appreciation

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, is finally ready to light the torch after a year’s delay. There will be no fans at the games, which without a doubt is the right call after what we have seen in the last year and a half. This protects not only the athletes but also the citizens of Japan and makes good common sense at this point in world history. The most important thing is keeping all the athletes healthy and protected from people who want to use an event like this to do bad things.

We must remember that those participating have trained a lifetime to have their skills viewed on a worldwide stage. Whether or not there are fans in the stands will take nothing away from the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Some athletes and teams will become instant stars at the Tokyo Games. The greatest thing about the Olympics is you’re competing for your country. It is truly competition for a world champion.

So, that gets me to the recent controversy regarding our United States Olympic team. And I do mean our because they represent every American citizen by having USA across their chest. The business end of the Olympics is a simple one; the goal should be the same at every Olympics, win more medals than any other nation. Well, that was easy, so now let’s talk about that USA across every athlete’s chest in the year 2021.

I am sure you have heard about the woman hammer thrower that qualified for the Olympic team and then turned her back on the National Anthem and American Flag during the medal celebration. There were a couple of other athletes that failed to qualify for the team but let their plans be known if they did. One failed sprinter’s celebration was to include the burning of the American Flag. I will identify none by name.

In a Nation where common sense has been lost or rewritten, I am going to make this simple for those that want to represent the United States of America. It is the United States Olympic Team. You are representing the Country where athletes from around the world wish they lived. Just think how many times over the years athletes have defected during or after the Olympics to America.

When you decided to try out for Team USA, you knew what name was going to grace the front of your uniform. You made the decision of your own free will to want to be part of this team. If you don’t want to be respectful of the American Flag, the Nation you’re representing, and honor all that have provided this freedom, don’t go out for the team. This is not a stage for anyone to be selfish and use Team USA as a forum for their political and personal views.

Here’s an idea, if you have a problem with the USA, simply leave the Country, go compete for Iran, North Korea, or even maybe Columbia. I hope you make the team, and win the gold for the new nation of your choice. Please then turn your back on Kim Jong-un or Hassan Rouhani and see how it works out for you. The Columbian government had soccer player Andrés Escobar executed for scoring an ‘own goal.’

The leadership of the United States Olympic Committee is pathetic. Its policy should be simple; if any athlete disrespects the uniform they’re wearing, makes a political statement, or wears anything but the uniform earned, they should be dismissed — their opportunity to compete with athletes that have spent a lifetime training to wear a USA uniform terminated.

As far as the response of the President. Are you kidding me? What else would you expect? If you think Joe Biden will stand up for anything that supports the United States of America, the American Flag, and patriotism, you’ve been smoking too much of that marijuana his henchmen and women want to legalize.

Now let’s move on to the good news and a positive perspective. Please do not allow a couple of knuckleheads to take away from how honored, humble, and patriotic members of our Olympic team will be. This is a lifetime dream, hopefully culminating in winning an Olympic medal as a member of Team USA.

Please cheer on and support the United States Olympic team. There will be tears; there will be American flags draped across athletes’ shoulders; there will be celebration as the Star-Spangled Banner plays. The most amazing thing about athletic competition is its ability to bring people from all walks of life together in pursuit of a common goal.

God Bless America.

Jim Webb

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