When Being an American Meant Being an American

"Beat those commie bastards." These were the inspirational words of Herb Brooks, coach of the United States 1980 gold medal men's ice hockey team, as he prepared his troop of young athletes to go into battle against the Soviet Union. Beat those commie bastards.  Can you imagine an American coach saying such a thing at the 2012 London Olympics?  Can you imagine USA men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski -- Coach K. -- kneeling down in a huddle at mid-court during a pivotal game against China and telling Labron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and the rest of his players, Beat those commie bastards? Not very likely.  If Coach K. uttered such a phrase (which would be out of character), you can bet it would draw quizzical looks from his players.  What's a commie bastard?  The phrase might even offend some of his assistant coaches, who've grown up in a politically correct environment rooted in cultural pluralism (socialism). America is a very different place from...(Read Full Article)