This morning I was watching the Today Show and caught a segment on why Europeans are better at life than Americans. Examples they gave were cheese and vacation time. Then they struggled to think of something Americans could do better than Europeans. The discussion was accompanied by a chryon that read "American Exceptionalism." Someone, I think Matt Lauer, suggested binge TV watching. Another sarcastically said fast food. Al Roker said we actually have some pretty good cheese. Savannah Guthrie then sarcastically said, "Like Velveeta?" Al tried to insist that Americans did have good cheese, but it fell on deaf ears.
The Twitter examples at the end of the article are good, but they are all from the past. American exceptionalism no longer exists unless and until conservative and/or patriotic Americans take back their country in whatever way is necessary. Whatever way! Nothing should be off the table.
We were exceptional in the amount of freedom we had compared to the rest of the world until the Democrats and obama took charge. We are still most innovative country in the world. Although if the government continues to grow and spend money it doesn´t have at the current rate even that will vanish.
American Exceptionalism exists in each and every person who loves living in the country. When there are tornadoes, fires, hurricanes or terror who is it that comes to the rescue of the people afflicted? It is the exceptional people of this country. We root for the underdog, and are happy when he triumphs. Just as that man who came to the aid of the family under attack by the bikers, our military each and every day comes to the aid of people in trouble. Even when they are hated by the country they´re stationed in, our military renders far more aid than harm. I stopped watching the Today Show when Jane Pauley left. It is so sad that shows like that have the attention of the American people. There´s a lot more examples of our greatness, I´ve got to run but wanted to say the Today Show hosts should be ashamed of themselves.
What made America exceptional among nations was liberty under the rule of law. Liberty is long gone and with it the rule of law. The law is now whatever our rulers say it is and liberty is granted based on who you know or who you have paid off.
Once Obamacare fails (it is meant to fail) and a government-run single payer system is imposed to "fix" the resulting disaster we can say goodbye to any remaining freedoms we may enjoy. Except, of course, the freedom to engage in any immoral, degraded, irresponsible personal behavior we desire (have to give the plebs something to keep them occupied).
Every nation in history has been ruled by tyrants, kings, dictators, or some other variety of supreme potentate. Their powers have varied from absolute to symbolic, and society has been stratified, generally rather rigidly. It has this way since the beginning of history - until the founding of the United States. The U.S. Is the First Nation in the history of the world that focused power in the individual, not government. That is American exceptional ism, not going to the moon or other things. The American idea the the individual is paramount is what opened the way for all the other accomplishments.
I would say American cheese, wine and cuisine, just to start, you fools at Today! Do these idiots realize how offensive this sounds to the millions of Americans who have no self- identity issues and could not care less about so-called European sophistication?
My immediate response to these morons at the Today show was...then go find another country to live in. Then I started thinking about all the things the liberals have wrecked. Education is a big one. I won´t go on with examples, well maybe the court system, but sometimes I do wonder where the country is headed.
People who are truly exceptional don´t go around proclaiming that they are exceptional. To understand why other nations may be vexed by the U.S.´s self-proclamation that it´s exceptional, imagine the following scenario:
One of your neighbors stands on his front porch and proclaims: "I am exceptional! I am the richest person, and I have the biggest guns in this neighborhood. My family has the most freedom in this neighborhood. I even give financial aid to some of you (even if I have to borrow the money to do that). I am better than all of you. I am truly exceptional!"
#22, I did a motorcycle tour of the Pacific NW a couple months back, and took a detour off the route to go to Tillamook for an ice cream cone! (What a fantastic town! I like that it´s not "touristy," and visit every chance I get. We´ve camped at Cape Lookout many times.)
ON TOPIC: The "Today Show" folks don´t get out much, so cut ´em some slack. They sit in their studio or are ferried to various news spots. You´d think they would´ve noticed common, ordinary Americans helping each other out in the aftermath of calamities. Do they use "smart phones" or computers?
Yeah, we don´t have a month of summer "holiday," but I´m sure the Socialists will do their best to fix that, once they get the government healthcare done. Okay - I better stop.
These idiots don´t even know what "American exceptionalism" means - it has nothing to do with being better or superior than others. It´s a cause, not an effect. Just when you thought they couldn´t be any dumber.
Religious freedom. Economic mobility. Higher education. Medicine. Technology. Business. Free speech. Right to vote. (American)football. Baseball. Basketball. Popular music. Movies and TV (despite all the dreck, there is some good stuff).
Many of the posters here cite American accomplishments, and, while they are often impressive, I would agree with those that say it is liberty under law that makes the United States exceptional-liberty and a government structured to check the misuse of power, and also the individual rights cited in the first 10 amendments to the constitution. These things enable personal, technical, or cultural accomplishments which is why the USA has been a magnet for immigrants.
If they want to see thousands of examples of American Exceptionalism they should go the American Cemeteries in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Holland, England, North Africa or the Philippines. Those Americans did not die for colonies or treasure or hegemony. They died to defend others and to protect a way of life. As so many others have said much more eloquently all we have asked for in return was enough land to bury our dead. That is American Exceptionalism.
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