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U.S. World Cup Soccer Bid, Narrated by Morgan Freeman (Video)

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  1. Dave C

    September 25, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Sergio, I thin the video was part of a campaign to try and win the bid for the 2018/2022 World Cup, not a political statement or analysis. Calm down man.

    • sergio lima

      September 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      I understand that but to me sounded false because of what we are living today. But going back to the post, I believe nobody will give the US the world cup because of our people. If this film was made to be shown to the world we missed the point entirely. Most of the people overseas just don’t like us as people, not because of you and me but for our government foreign policies, they don’t know you and me, they know Bush and Obama and their actions affecting theirs lives. BUT everybody in the world deeply respects everything we do when we deal with sports organization. We should invest our efforts on that. Most of the countries in the world don’t have the infra structure we have and they see this as a dream for them. Let’s show the world our possible hosting cities and their infra structure, their new stadiums, their freeways and yes their people smiling saying welcome to the world cup in US in different languages, but not this melting pot thing. Because most of the countries today are melting pots too. So, let’s be truth to ourselves but let’s show our muscles to the world. There are no stadiums in the world today like the ones we recently built here and this is something that the international soccer community or the soccer fans from other countries would be talking about it if we show them. Believe me, they don’t care about our melting pot.

      • Dave C

        September 25, 2010 at 11:38 pm

        Well I’m sure the campaign will also HEAVILY push the idea that the US already has great sporting infrastructure etc etc….this video clip isn’t the be-all and end-all of the bid. I’m sure every country bidding for the world cup will have put together an equally corny video clip promoting themselves as some beautiful utopian wonder land.

        • sergio lima

          September 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm

          OK. I thought this was the only video. You may be right about other places doing the same thing, well, i am sure you are.

      • Dan

        September 26, 2010 at 2:39 am

        It seems that we havent had a decent President well atleast in my life time. Reagon, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr., and Obama all Corporate puppets that let Greed and Ignorance Run this Country. What the US needs is a leader. A George Washington, a Teddy Roosevelt, a Optimus Prime, Hell i would even Bugs Bunny over the Morons we had in office for the last 50 years. By the way Free Trade was the killer to this country economy. Americans lost the ability to jobs and doesn’t even make anything hardly anymore because of Rich Fat cats need to make a quick Buck. I don’t think that even the Mighty World Cup could boost our Economy. Just Big Corporations and Countries with no Human rights laws.

        • sergio lima

          September 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm

          I follow the Brazilian politics and have a hard time understanding how they can do simple things to protect their market and we don’t. Brazil is among the ten largest economies in the world but China had pushed for years the Brazilian government to break all tariffs for imported products. But besides the friendship among the two lefty governments, they never drop the tariffs. If you want to buy an American Mustang 2010 that we pay 25k here, there, probably is going to cost you close to 95k, so, instead of buying an imported car you will buy a car made in Brazil for the same 25k. For example, Brazil has a national bank for development. When commercial banks hold their money, disrupting the development of small businesses, instead of keep waiting for their confidence to get back, the development bank enter the market with money and regulate the market until the banks decide to get back to their core businesses. Don’t get me wrong, Brazil has severe problems in other areas, really severe, but economically, their main goal is to protect and generate jobs for the population and even during the world crisis they had done that. Now, they are having a lot of problems to fill the jobs the companies created. Our problems here are directly connected to the super greed of our mega corporations. Rich people don’t give a s. about the country and its people, their only concern is the bottom line. Or does Apple need to build their I-phones in China? Does Hanes need to make our briefs in Vietnam? But it is our fault too. We act like cattle in the hands of those handlers. It is in our hands. By the way, I own a I-Phone and wear Hanes briefs.

          • Javier

            September 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

            There are social, economic, and legal constraints that make it nearly impossible for some countries the adopt policies that have proven successful in others. What may work in one country may not always work in a neighboring country.

  2. Dan

    September 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    My thoughts on Sergio comments is i dont mind Immigrats as long as the come here legally and that they assimulate themselves to USA. Without this this country would be in chaos. This is the USA and people may complain about our Immigration laws but when you look at our Immigration laws we are more open then any other country in the world. For example In Mexico if you cross the border Illegally you would be beaten, raped, robbed, enslaved, and imprisoned. That vs sending them back from where they came from is less human. Mexico should stop hypocrits.


      September 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm

      First, I did not mention any immigration laws at all. Secondly, you really want to be compared with Mexico? With all due respect to my brothers and sisters from Mexico, but that country is one of the most corrupted and dangerous places in the world. I did not criticize the country as a whole at all, I am just telling you that we have and if you are paying attention you will know that by now, a crazy minority who is getting louder and louder and they have on their side a tv network who is helping them for economical reasons. And it is our responsibility to show ourselves we are not like them, to show our children we don’t hate. Please, read what I said before labeling me.

      • Dan

        September 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm

        Now that is something that i can support. The Mexican government is a huge problem that keeps Mexico as a nation from moving forward. I mean if it wasnt for the Mexican government and the Cartels Mexico would be more respected.
        The sad truth is that the US government is becoming even more and more like the Mexican Government. The US people need to get out of this Extreme right and Extreme leftism. The only Way the USA can fix itself is with a strong center. Conservitive Liberalism if I may call it that. Where we are not Narrow minded but at the same time will be fair and go with Common sense. If you go to far to the left or to far to the right it creates unbalanceness. And it becomes a Extremism.

        Sergio i think i understand what you are saying buddy.

        • SERGIO LIMA

          September 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

          Sorry, Dan I got a little over the top sometimes. I want to strongly agree with something you said, and it is in my opinion, the key and the solution for ALL our problems. CENTRISM for SOLUTIONS. You can have your mind on the left or on the right, but let’s create a mentality of compromising for the best of our nation. We compromise in our house every day, we compromise in our workplace every day, why is so hard for us to compromise when dealing with people we don’t know. Thanks Dan.

          • Dan

            September 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm

            thats the truth brother.


    September 24, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Really? Everyone from everywhere are welcomed here? Really? Mexicans too? Muslims too? How about telling the truth first? We are probably the best country in the world but we have issues and if you live in the south like I do you know better. We can use whatever argument we want to tell the world we deserve to host a world cup but at this moment in our history we CAN’T sell this BS that we are a welcome nation. There is a loud noise coming from a dangerous minority of our population showing the world that we are tired of everything that is different than us, like if we were not good enough to compete with anybody. But this right wing minority is screaming and good people are all quiet. And like they said about Nazi Germany, bad things happens when good and regular people doesn’t stand up for what they believe. It is not a matter of supporting anybody politically because i don’t trust either party, but we as a nation can not be painted with the colors of hate anymore. We just can’t. So, how about supporting the World Cup and in the same campaign tell the world that good people in this country won’t accept the hate anymore. Let’s fight for the World cup and for the end of hate, let’s do something to show the world that we are STILL a melting pot and NOBODY will take this from the regular and good people of this nation?

    • A. Martinez

      September 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm

      Wow Sergio, you’re up early today!

      But enough with the egalitarian romanticism. It took me a while to realize this, but every single person on the face of this planet has a different reality, a different perception of culture, economics, and of course, politics. Sometimes it is very difficult to sway the opinions of people, no matter what you present them.

      I’m frequently asked the question: “Where are you from?” Knowing that everyone has a different perception, I always respond by telling them to guess. Their responses range from Brazil to Mexico, the Arab world of North Africa and the Middle East, and from Italy all the way to Eastern Europe. These perceptions continue into different fields, not just the physical. Among other factors, perceptions heavily depend on previous knowledge and experience.

      You perceive the U.S. as in danger of being overtaken by an outspoken, dangerous minority. But almost every country has a segment of their population with little tolerance for anything alien.This is normal, it’s rooted in our biology to prefer people that are similar, whether in philosophy or in the physical. You can find this in the latest studies on kin selection. While it’s nice to hope for a peaceful, Kum Ba Ya society, reality will tell us this is not likely. In the end only Sergio and the people around him can see the world through Sergio’s eyes, and Sergio will be hostile to anything that disturbs his plane of reality.

      In my opinion, we should allow people to hate/criticize, as long as lives aren’t threatened. Some criticisms of people are justified. It is very dangerous if we don’t allow people to criticize because we’ll lose the concept of a free society.

      BTW I like the video. It made me feel good.


        September 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm

        Kum ba ya society? We sell our nation to the world as a kum Ba Ya society. The video you liked so much is doing exactly what? Selling this lie you are trying to hide with your comprehension for the hater. Martinez, my friend, lets not mix things, It is ok and honestly wonderful to have the freedom to criticize. It is ok to be loud. It is ok and greatly appreciated to be against the establishment. All democratic movements on the right and on the left should be applauded by us and defended by us. But NEVER and NEVER we should teach our children that is ok to hate in name of anything. And honestly I don’t care if countries A, B or C have a portion of their population hating. We fight those countries inside their territories because they are like that. WE NEVER NEEDED THAT TO BE WHAT WE ARE! This nation were not built based on hate, was built based on equality, freedom and opportunity. If we are ok with hate being part of our freedom of speech, we should then change our BS propaganda machine and tell the world that America is great but some here are allowed to hate other human being based on their place of origin, color of skin, religion or economic background. If we are ok with that, than let’s embraced like men and stop telling the world we are different.

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