That’s me

I’m on the front page of the Washington Times on Friday arguing that the President should not go to China for the Olympics.

Erick Erickson, founder of the conservative website, has enlisted readers of his site to sign a petition urging Mr. Bush to boycott the Olympics.

“We have people form every state of the union signing the petition,” Mr. Erickson told The Washington Times.

The petition said Mr. Bush “who has spent eight years liberating parts of the world from tyranny, should not give the seal of approval on China’s behavior — approval his presence at the Olympics would most certainly give to the Chinese people.”

“If American athletes want to compete in China, we wish them well and hope they crush their Chinese opponents under the heavy weight of many gold medals,” the petition adds. “But we call on the president to personally boycott Peking during the Olympics.”

Glad to see Pat Toomey and Tony Perkins in agreement. Tomorrow I’ll begin collecting the signatures of conservative leaders in D.C. on this issue.


  1. Rick Day says:

    Nah, I’m impressed enough just with his stance on this issue. Doubly impressed with his activism.

    I really am.

    Good work, Eric. Jolly good work!

  2. Holly says:

    I’ll second Steve’s comment. Just when I want to consider you a lost cause, Erick. . . 😉

  3. John Konop says:



    Disgrace: Olympic torch bearer ejected — for carrying Tibetan flag; Update: Athletes who display Tibetan flag to be banned from games?

    Athletes displaying Tibetan flags at Olympic venues – including in their own rooms – could be expelled from the Beijing Games under anti-propaganda rules.

    Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said that competitors were free to express their political views but faced sanctions if they indulged in propaganda…
    The question of what will constitute propaganda during the Games in August and what will be considered opinion under IOC rules is one vexing many in the Olympic movement. The Olympic Charter bans any kind of “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” in any Olympic venue or area…
    At the Sydney Games in 2000 Olympic chiefs allowed Cathy Freeman to use the Aboriginal flag to highlight the plight of the Stolen Generation after she won a gold medal in the 400 metres.


  4. John Konop says:


    Free Trade or Fascism?

    MSN-China, host of the summer Olympics, is an authoritarian nation that denies its people basic human rights and freedoms, harasses journalists and foreign aid workers and tortures prisoners, the United States charged Tuesday.

    China is still among the world’s human rights abusers despite rapid economic growth that has transformed large parts of Chinese society, the State Department said in an annual accounting of human rights practices around the world.

    Portions of the report were obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release Tuesday. The report gives a chilling account of alleged torture in China, including the use of electric shocks, beatings, shackles, and other forms of abuse. It includes an account of a prisoner strapped to a “tiger bench,” as device that forces the legs to bend sometimes until they break.

    Torture of Gao RongRong in the Longshan forced Labor Camp


  5. boyreporter says:

    Right, hillbilly…ye shall be known by the company you keep…etc. Or something like that. On the other hand, Erick is half right on the boycott thing: the part about “Bush shouldn’t go.” But a total boycott would be better. Not necessarily about Tibet, but because of the other rogueish behavior: giving over everything to new capitalists trashing everything and every person in their way, fouling the air and water…who do they think they are, us?

  6. bowersville says:

    When is anyone going to get the point that the INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee chose China as the site of the Olympic games?

    On the demand of a total boycott of the Olympics are you asking for a unilateral decision by the US?

    Why should the US defy an INTERNATIONAL decision by boycotting and go against INTERNATIONAL will?

  7. John Konop says:

    Does anyone really think a boycott will change the behavior of the communist government in China? Why not enforce trade agreements? Why not fine China when they violate the agreement with tariffs? Why not let companies sue China for stealing intellectual property and settle with the interest rate we pay them on our debt?

  8. boyreporter says:

    Those steps are fine, too. Nobody says “a boycott will change the behavior…” but it’s one more pressure point. Ticketing speeders doesn’t “solve” our traffic woes, either.

  9. Bill Simon says:


    Ticketing speeders may prevent some accidents from occuring, which may cause less jam-ups to occur.

    (Duhhhhhhh….who is this “Boy” clown, anyway?)

  10. boyreporter says:

    Wow, Bill, you are so insightful. “May prevent,” “may cause,” ? But JK posited that some of us expected a boycott to CHANGE the behavior of the Chinese. That’s what I was referring to. Is reading a challenge for you? Maybe you’ve been looking at those fine-print insurance policies you sell door-to-door too long.

  11. boyreporter says:

    However, I believe in saying something positive, so here goes:


    is the most intelligent thing you have written. Keep up the good work.

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