Whether or not Chicago deserves to receive the (IOC) International Olympic Committee’s approval is a subject of wide and diverse discussions. There was a very interesting and inflammatory column written today in the Chicago Sun-Times by Rick Telander that really stirs the pot of controversy.
For months I have been ranting relative to the corrupt political situation that has been pervasive for decades in Chicago. This pall has been far reaching beyond the limits of the City of Chicago, extending beyond the shores of our country into the international political scene. One of Rick Telander’s comments deserves quoting;
“The politics of pay-for-play and skimming and old-fashioned, suspender-slapping, cigar-chomping, big-bellied ‘Where’s mine?’ clout is so vibrant and alive and grotesquely arrogant here in Chicago that it is very nearly a breathing, slime-dripping creature worthy of a Star Wars-style assault.”
Who knows which of the bidding cities will receive the IOC’s stamp of approval? I suspect that Rio will get the nod, because the Olympics have never been held in South America. One never knows just what money will buy however, so I will not bet against Chicago’s clout pulling this rabbit out of the hat.