Ann Coulter, known for her far-right looniness, is off on a new rant that turns an American success story on its head. She claims the widespread interest in this year’s World Cup soccer is a sign of U.S. “moral decay.”
Gee, could it have anything to do with the success of the U.S. soccer team, which has made it to the final round of 18 teams?
U.S. soccer play has been nothing short of heroic against teams from countries where soccer, or football as it’s known overseas, is a national obsession.
Here, it’s just one of several professional sports that has always taken a back seat to baseball, football, basketball and even hockey.
But on the playgrounds of U.S. schools, soccer has been a growing sport for years, largely because it doesn’t include American football’s potential for injury.
It’s also a sign that the United States has become integrated into the growing global economy.
But not in Coulter’s eyes. In a syndicated column published today in a number of conservative media outlets, the pundit argues that “any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay.”
The real boogeyman, of course, is a frequent conservative whipping dog, immigration.
In the course of her column, Coulter trots out every conservative stereotype about the game imaginable. It’s boring; it has little to do with individual achievement; it’s foreign.
Individual achievement? She apparently has never heard of David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo or even Pele, all standout “individual” players.
Or that Fifa awards the Ballon d’Or every year to honor individual achievement. And this:
If more “Americans” are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.”
If Coulter thinks soccer is “foreign,” she apparently hasn’t been to America’s pastime, a professional baseball game, lately. It’s become a truly international sport with players from all over the world.
Given the viewer numbers the U.S. World Cup games have been producing, more than just “immigrants” are watching. Soccer is American as apple pie.