Some places I go, FOX news is guaranteed to be on the TV. Others, it's one of the seemingly fifty different-but-the-same ESPN channels. Maybe the balance 25-35% have a hodgepodge of other network news and local news.
Anyway, yesterday, it was FOX. As I peeled back the foil on one of my single-serving yogurts, the story breaks...
"This year, all of our proud, American Olympic athletes will be wearing uniforms which were made completely in China!"The only other person sharing the breakfast nook with me, a lady, turned back to me with indignation.
"That's horrible!" she gasps.Scccrrrreeeeeech! That's the sound my brain's train of thought made as it came to a halt ASAP with full reverse engine. This conversation was over for me.
"It is kind of a shame, isn't it." I say.
"That should cost Obama his paycheck!" she snaps.
Right there, right in front of me, was what comes to my mind as the stereotypical FOX news consumer. And I know stereotypes are not fully accurate. And I know several people with better capacity for thought than this woman who also watch FOX. But there she was... a living, breathing representation of my greatest fear for the political future of our country.
The news report segment was not even done, but FOX had gotten through. The details were not yet fully revealed, but this woman assigned the blame on Obama, as if Obama had anything to do with the Olympic uniforms. To her, this was a political abomination orchestrated by the White House.
FOX would go on to report that Ralph Lauren, the American apparel designer, had donated the uniforms. That sets the true argument, the same old argument, at American companies for sending their manufacturing overseas in the name of profit. Because, trust me, at the ~$1000 dollar retail price of the uniforms, companies like Ralph Lauren are making a killing. These techniques have grown our companies into massive entities which, arguably, they could never have become with the more-restricted profits derived from U.S.A. based manufacturing. But these profits have come at a cost.
As I left the breakfast area, it seemed to me that the woman was still indignant about the President's responsibility in this situation. Heaven help us all.