I am starting to discover that I am an exception in the blogosphere, which seems to turn its collective noses up at the Olympics. Well, my family loves to watch the Olympics together, and it is a real event in our house these two weeks.
Anyway, I was watching Bob Costas interview President Bush last night, and he asked a question I would paraphrase as "how is the US going to exercise influence on China given China's increasing strength and all the problems we have in the US."
Now, I am the first one to criticize the US and its government on any number of dimensions, but when one pulls back to an international view, one has to have some perspective. What are these overwhelming problems we face when compared to the struggle for freedom and/or economic sufficiency in much of the world? The US media has developed a bedrock assumption that the US is some kind of wasteland in need of total overhaul, when in fact we are the example all the world emulates. Just look at the images from China -- sure there are a lot of unique cultural differences, but in many ways you see a people trying to be like us.