American Athletes Should Show Pride Not Humility
By David Holcberg (Bangkok Post, May 21, 2004)
It is outrageous that U.S. Olympic officials warned our athletes not to wave the U.S. flag during their medal celebrations at this year's Olympic games.
What was the justification for this contemptible warning? Fear that demonstrations of American pride "might be viewed as confrontational or insulting or cause embarrassment."
U.S. Olympic officials might as well have asked our athletes to lose. This would certainly mollify those who hate us and avoid any perception of American "arrogance."
Hopefully our athletes will ignore the appeasers from the U.S. Olympic bureaucracy and celebrate their victories as they should: proud of themselves and of their great country.