When I wrote that one could read the success currently enjoyed by the US in the World Cup (and it is a huge success) as a sign of its decline, I did not say that decline is a bad thing. It would actually be a very good for all if our country became more like the rest, more a part of the international community, and less exceptional, less isolated. We can not afford to "go it alone," particularly when the main problems we are facing are fundamentally global. This is why it is not surprising for Ann Coulter to see the growing interest in football as a threat. She is not just trolling; she is reading the writing on the wall: The US is not above but in the world. The seventh point in her soccer-hating post:
It's foreign. In fact, that's the precise reason the Times is constantly hectoring Americans to love soccer. One group of sports fans with whom soccer is not "catching on" at all, is African-Americans. They remain distinctly unimpressed by the fact that the French like it.Yes, the Right is always good at propping up a minority group to make an argument (for example: "Asians are better than whites at math and science, and this shows that blacks are just academically lazy and stupid"). Through Coulter's thinking is irrational, the fear she feels is not. We can no longer pretend to be the center of the universe.