American Exceptionalism

american-arroganceCourtesy of Wiki  (I know):

“”You wouldn’t know American exceptionalism even if it smacked you in the face.
Michelle Malkin, exemplifying American exceptionalism.

American exceptionalism is a belief that the United States is unique or exceptional when compared with the historical development of other countries. It would be easy to pigeon-hole as nationalism, but it is more expansive and more concentrated than that. It is a popular ideal held by many American conservatives,[1] though the temptation is not entirely limited to the right. Several liberal historians and politicians have embraced certain aspects of American exceptionalism, in particular in the “vital center” and “end of ideology” views popular among American liberals in the mid-20th century. American exceptionalism is also a core belief within neoconservatism.

One major characteristic of American exceptionalism from a historiographical viewpoint is its tendency to gloss over what it would consider “bad” history, such as slavery, treatment of Native Americans, segregation, and the Jim Crow South, and emphasize or mythologize the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and George Washington, the “Wild West,” or even controversial aspects of American involvement in the worldwars.

American exceptionalism may view the United States through the lens of a special historical determinism for the United States, separate from broad historical trends in the rest of the world. It may, for a variety of reasons, view the U.S. as a nation that is immune (or should be immune) from things like terrorism and dictatorship — “It can’t happen here.” The U.S. in turn is supposed to assume an activist role around the world in promoting “freedom” or being a “shining example” to the world (the “City on a Hill”). This sort of presumptive moral superiority isn’t always is virtually never welcomed by other nations, and is often almost always resented, particularly when the U.S. has a long history of engaging in gunboat diplomacy itself.

The belief by Americans in American exceptionalism is one of the reasons for worldwide resentment or dislike of the USA.[2]

And now the exceptional Americans want to gut Obamacare, declare war and get ground troops to go in and fight ISIS. They are bringing Bibi in to speak to Congress for treasonous reasons, whilst Americans pay for Israeli healthcare. The world is watching this closely.

Yep, and the exceptional Americans revise their history. They just make shit up and leave bits out. Schools cannot be allowed in certain parts of the country to teach facts. Climate change is a no no. Slavery and the annihilation of the American Indians is a figment of someone’s  imagination.

They are against immigration reform. Take one look at Michelle Malkin if that is the case and send her back from whence she came. She is not one of you.

malkinHypocrisy runs deep with these exceptional Americans. Some might say they are a bit twitchy. Get in there first before the real white guys turn on you.

And Jeb Bush has surrounded himself with the same warmongers that his idiot brother used.

It is all hands on deck for the real exceptional Americans. The GOP is poison.

These fuckers will destroy the world.

 

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23 Responses to American Exceptionalism

  1. ProfessorCanine says:

    And the turd burglar right wing nuts keep eatin’ it up and voting these fucktards into office….
    Blind will full ignorance.

  2. irishgirl999 says:

    Well, their education is limited, and being more limited. They are truly retards. It worries me that a vast segment of uneducated idiots in America will have an influence on me. And they will…climate change and war to name but a few examples.

    I have a teenager and kids in their early twenties. I want them to have futures.

    And this is why I fight Sarah Palin and try to expose her.

  3. irishgirl999 says:

    I don’t mean to be melodramatic, but these feckers scare me to death.

  4. ProfessorCanine says:

    Funny thing,if you think about Sarah and the GOP willingness to let her continue her hateful ignorant bloviating at these GOP hate fests(never mind the sheer entertainment value).Her and a few others are so far hard right(crazy),that after all the dust settles,Bush will seem so sane,palatable and acceptable.
    Devious.

  5. 40Watt says:

    I must confess I am delighted that I was introduced to the concept of American Exceptionalism at its origin in Marxist theory, a term used to explain why America did not develop a strong socialist movement. Marxist theorists saw history as progressing towards some ideal goal: the end point of capitalism was revolution and socialism. There was no sense of superiority in the original, leftist theory of American exceptionalism.

    How things got from there to here – “MEDIOCRITY IS FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD. EXCEPTIONALISM IS AN AMERICAN THING” is partly covered in this interesting article – http://s-usih.org/2011/02/how-did-exceptionalism-become.html

    Even if you’re not too bothered about reading it, it’s worth a quick look just to see the pic of “Actual Right-Wing Infant Wear.”

  6. 40Watt says:

    I am so pissed off at Rudi Guiliani saying Obama doesn’t love America. Why? Because he doesn’t hear it in his rhetoric, like he heard in Reagan etc. etc. and bullshit.

    Let me tell you Rudi what Reagan’s sentimental smaltz got us. At the same time as he was loving America, he was giving 5 billion exceptional American dollars to the Mujahideen, one of whom was Osama bin Laden. The man behind 9/11 was trained by Reagan’s CIA.

    Then there was George W. and his loving rhetoric who took us into a war described as the greatest fiasco in American foreign policy:

    And it isn’t simply Iraq that has slipped into chaos and posed opportunity for the real enemy, which is Islamist radicals bent on attacking the West whenever and wherever possible. It seems clear that the so-called Arab Spring emerged in part from inspiration derived from events in Iraq, which nurtured confidence among many elements of Islam that change was possible. Unfortunately for many, the change that has unfolded hasn’t contributed to regional stability, let alone anything approaching the democracy envisioned by the architects of the Bush invasion. And so now we have ISIS on the march, established in significant expanses of territory in Syria and Iraq. Dealing with that problem—a problem of the real enemy—will now draw America further into the maw. The cost has been immense, and unfortunately it is just beginning.

    http://nationalinterest.org/feature/mistakes-were-made-americas-five-biggest-foreign-policy-11160?page=3

    • ProfessorCanine says:

      “I am so pissed off at Rudi Guiliani saying Obama doesn’t love America.”
      Agreed x 100
      Commenter @ reddit nails it:
      “These idiots don’t realize that Obama, as a politician, as a world leader, can’t afford to talk about it as “Muslim extremism” because even a single word he says can have many effects around the world and he doesn’t want the “moderate” muslims to have even more of a reason to feel the way they do right now. He can’t just say whatever he wants and get away with it like Bill Maher.”

      • 40Watt says:

        Exactly!

        There are those for whom even “Muslim extremism” isn’t good enough. They want him to say we are at war with Islam. Talk about playing right into the terrorists’ hands.

      • ProfessorCanine says:

        If Obama ever said that,we’d be watching a full blown impeachment trial.

    • ProfessorCanine says:

      “For the first time in our nation’s history, we have added a Koran to the White House Library.” – George W. Bush.

  7. ProfessorCanine says:

    The “Bedtime for Bonzo” onesie is cute,in a retarded ass right -wing -nut kinda way….
    Also too, did bother to read the link you provided and learned quite a lot.

  8. MrsGunka says:

    This is so sad. Twenty years ago when we were traveling around the world, we were so welcomed everywhere we went and made lasting friends. We learned to say “please” and “thank you” in every language where we visited. We smiled at people and were courteous to everyone.

    It was about 10 years ago when we went to Fiji and a loud, pushy bunch from Texas was in our resort area. They were so rude and loud and demanding. We noticed the locals rolling their eyes and frowning. It was embarrassing to us. There were 4 of us and we started noticing what great service we were getting and we were polite to them. Some of them even came to airport to see us off! They would always give us a hug and smile when we greeted them around the area. Some of the staff offered to stay with MrG one day when there was a boat trip to another island and he was just not feeling good. They insisted we 3 gals go and they would take care of him. They served us breakfast us on the boat. When the staff saw the Texans just devour the food as they pushed in front of everyone, they took some trays back and called us up to eat and brought out the fresh trays…with a big smile on their face. “We saw that you got some too!” They just rolled their eyes and shook their heads in their direction. This is why others are skeptical of us….they not only embarrass us here but abroad too. This has gotten worse over the years with their pushy, loud demeanor just like here on Fox News! Sad the world sees us in this light now. There really are some nice people in our country. Unfortunately, so many look down their noses if we aren’t like them. We need some new ambassadors! Unfortunately, just the 1% can afford to travel now and they think everyone below them are servants and treat them like crud! If you are traveling…..smile and open a door for someone. it will come back 10-fold. Let them decide if we are worthy of being exceptional. I’d rather just be judged for my kindness and a big smile.

    • ProfessorCanine says:

      Let’s be RILLY clear here,not all Texans are ass-hats.

      “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
      >Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks<

      • MrsGunka says:

        I know that Prof! My daughter and my best friend live in TX. But listening and witnessing 40+ years of rich Texans coming up here skiing and making asses of themselves and ruining so many skiing trips for others, I saw it live in Fiji. I was so embarrassed! If God had meant for Texans to ski, he would have made snow out of bullshit! 🙂 A favorite saying on the slopes!. There are two kinds of Texans….us and them! Miss Natalie spoke for most of us!

      • Scarsdale says:

        The Dixies Chicks were vilified for that statement. Radio stations stopped playing their music, CD’s were burned publicly, they were shunned. I think Rove was the architect of that. If his boy W had been treated the way our President Obama is treated now, there would have been an uprising, caused by the gop. How times change.

  9. Along these lines, I was thinking today about Palin and Reagan – – at the time he took office she was just turning 17. He left office when she was 25. Was she really that mindful of him and his politics back then? I’m thinking not so much. I was raising young children and had a family business – – – the Reagan years were NOT good ones for us!

    • 40Watt says:

      I don’t know how people who were raising families at that time could forget how bad things got. People were lamenting that their children were going to be worse off than their parents and they probably wouldn’t be able to afford to buy a house and so on.

      The only thing I can think is that the rich got richer, so they were happy. The people who had little never expected to do better anyway, so they felt better about their lot because of all Reagan’s happy talk. Let’s face it, laterally most of what he said came right out of one of his corny movies – the folksy side of American exceptionalism in sound bite form.

      • MrsGunka says:

        I was the election judge who had to deliver the ballot box down to the fairgrounds the night he won. I heard they had called it for him on the way down the mountain. I cried most of the way down and back. He was such a phony! I remember a church’s sign in Des Moines, IA that had “Even Jane Wyman knew he was a phony”! A Fundamentalist Church! Times have changed! One of our local boys, John Hinkley, shot him. It was a tumultuous time. Trickle down…..my a$$!

  10. Scarsdale says:

    The republicans have NOBODY who is fit to lick President Obama’s shoes. Look at the clowns that are running for the office on their side. John Ellis Bush (Jeb) is another dim witted Bush. Maybe in the future the gop will run Neal Bush or Marvin Bush? Both failures in business. Jeb is excelent at raising $$$ for his run, at $100,000 a pop for a speech. Like his Daddy, he also has a female problem, I hope they are all brought out of the woodwork. Bill Clinton refused to go down as low as the gop during his run for office. While the gop were searching for any woman willing to say Clinton “raped” her, Poppy Bush had Jennifer Fitzgerald on the side for 10 years! She travelled with him as his wife, while Battleaxe Babs was raising (unsuccessfully) her brood of miscreants. They came close to divorcing over Jennifer, but once Poppy was told his chances at the WH would be ruined, he backed off. Now they pose as this loving couple, married all these years, America’s Grandma (if grandma was Ma Barker) adn loveable old coot, Poppy.

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