What would happen if the world held the Olympics and nobody came? We just may find out this summer in Rio. Between the Zika Virus, water pollution, government corruption, crime and poverty, things seem to be falling apart. Adding to the woes, the word “boycott” has been uttered from athletes’ lips and, as they say in the business, plenty of good tickets are still available.
Whatever the ancient Greeks’ original intent for the Olympic games, they have morphed in modern times into a liberal kind of sporting event. It is sports with a higher purpose, a veritable multicultural love-in where every country is created equal, and the world can come together and find peace and harmony running the 4 X 100 against each other. Think of it as the midnight basketball Democrats are so fond of. Except here, instead of trying to keep inner city troubled youth from committing crimes by having them play basketball all night, our peace movement engineers see the Olympics as a way to keep rogue nations from committing genocide by having them preoccupied with the decathlon every four years.
But one by one as Brazil’s problems stacked up, the real sporting fun was watching reactions from the Western world’s leftists who’ve come off as snobs and elitists with each and every bit of bad news.