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USA Swimmers Prove American Exceptionalism Disconnect

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  1. Anglocentric says:

    First, several other athletes and officials were robbed and those robberies were reported. Lochte and the swimmers were extorted at at gunpoint. The only proven damage was the poster and the fact they urinated. Reporters could find no damage to the rest rooms nor is there a video showing that damage–when more money was in the offing gas station personnel may have embellished their stories–the police mentioned it took several interviews for them to discuss the details because they feared retribution from the swimmers. I think that retribution concerns proves there was extortion that night. There was also no fight on the video even though employee accounts said there was. In short, I think that story was embellished to justify the fact that they took $400 at gunpoint for a poster which was later rehung with no repairs. Lochte lied about the circumstances of the robbery and will pay for that lie the rest of his life. Brazil’s prosecution of that lie set the record straight plus shook down the swimmers remaining in the country for at least $11,800. Who knows what mordida was also paid. I don’t blame Lochte for running . Latin America isn’t known for having a fair justice system. But using this example to tear down American Exceptionism is petty. What drives that term is the fact that America steps up and provides money, aid and personnel when disasters occur around the world. We helped rebuild Europe and Japan after WWII. In short, as a country we have written checks for a lot of stuff other countries ignore. And yes, Brazil was a lousy country to host the Olympics in. Rowers rowed in water so polluted they had to sterilize their oars. The pools had to be drained because of the green water, the Zika virus was a concern and there were robberies. Without the Lochte story, there would have been little positive news for Brazil. I’m sure the folks in the favelas think it made a lot of sense to spend money on the Olympics rather than improving their infrastructure.

  2. Jerry K says:

    Deviate from the ‘narrative” in Mexico and you end up dead like the 60 some journalists so far and counting.

  3. Thomas says:

    Martin
    Not trying to be rude but seems you detest America. The question has to be asked, with your some time out right hatred for this county, why do you stay here? Seems if it was all that bad like you try and project you would want to go some place else. Martin you make it sound at time like Mexico is paradise seems if that was the case and Mexico is so much superior you would want to live in that paradise. You may take offence but many of us can’t get passed the fact you hate this nation so much but you find no ethical or moral problems that you benefit from living,working and do business here . Martin cannot remember when you wrote a piece extolling what is great or exemplary about the USA in your mind.

  4. abandon hope says:

    You connect this story with American Exceptionalism but the two are not related in the least. Please look up American Exceptionalism and Tocqueville.

    I’m not aware of anyone referring to Brazil as a third world county. It is a fact though that Brazil has major problems with government corruption and graft. The Brazilian president is currently being impeached. Combine this with the government’s proven inability to deal with the Zika virus, and you have well-founded questions regarding whether the Brazilian government was prepared to hold the Olympics.

  5. Pati says:

    El mini-me de el trompas.

    Both have odd colored hair. Both are cowards; el trompas goes around insulting everybody and their madres while surrounded by a team of protectors, the mini-me high-tailed it to the land of “American Exceptionalism” as soon as the going got rough. Both have their apologists and enablers, because, well they are from that privileged class – male, white, and financially well-off.

    Dollars to donuts that had this vandalism been the action of black athletes, those same apologists for the 32 year old boy Lochte would be singing a different tune.

    These are just two grown “American Exceptionals”, el tropas and his mini-me, acting immaturely before the cameras of the world.

  6. Ken says:

    The four American swimmers are absolutely wrong – no excuses for them! America is exceptional and if you don’t think so, please feel free to leave. Having said that, doesn’t mean we don’t have our share of idiots. Brazil is a Third World Country. If we are counting, I would include Mexico in that same category. Within the next 30-40 years the United States is headed in the same direction. But as it stands today, the United States is head and shoulders above any other country in every way that counts!

  7. Bob says:

    2016 Summer Olympics Medal Count
    USA — 121 (46 Gold)
    Mexico — 5 (0 Gold)
    I guess the USA isn’t exceptional — as long as you don’t compare it to anyone else.

  8. ????s says:

    Didn’t you just write a piece about calling it “America”. And there you go with the “American” reference in the title. Get it straight.

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