I recently sat down for dinner with my husband who is a firefighter. He had just finished another long 24 hour shift, which has been consistent in the first responder community since the beginning of the COVD-19 outbreak. We happened upon the topic of the Olympics and how we both loved cheering on the United States as the world’s greatest athletes compete. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders, it was nice to talk about something other than the day’s news. We Googled where the next winter olympics were, as my husband’s favorite sport to watch, curling, is a winter sport. We were disappointed to learn the 2022 Winter Olympics will be played in Beijing, China. Our disappointment quickly turned into fury and anger.
Personally, I have been continually outraged by China’s actions around the world over the past couple of decades. As Chairman of the United States House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation, Rep. Ted Yoho was tasked with the issues and fallout of Chinese communist policy and aggression. As Rep. Yoho’s former Deputy Chief of Staff, I had a front row seat to world affairs and the Chinese government’s march across the world stage with an authoritarian boot.