15 October 2009

American Exceptionalism - Perverted

The current foreign policy of the United States is an exercise in contraction. It begins with the demolition of the moral foundation of American dominance. In Strasbourg, President Obama was asked about American exceptionalism. His answer? "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." Interesting response. Because if everyone is exceptional, no one is.

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4 comments:

Bob Pollock said...

Interesting perspective, Richard. For a view from far left academia, may I suggest this:

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/118164.html

Note this:

"[Obama] remains as wedded to a belief in American exceptionalism (as Alexandre de Toqueville first described it) that gives the United States the natural right and obligation to lead the world - in his words,to reaffirm "American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations - as were his predecessors."

Funny how the President can be seen so differently from opposite sides of the political spectrum.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, it is funny. Of course, one has to take his whole agenda, comments, legislative agenda, and political appointments into consideration in order to get the whole picture - which more and more people are finally doing.

Chaps said...

The problem is that Obama is not an American. Yes, probably born in Hawaii and all but his formative years were spent in Indonesia and being raised by far left grandparents in Hawaii. He never acquired the appreciation for and understanding of our country that the "natural born" clause was designed to ensure in a President. The founders did not want someone raised in a foreign culture to become the Chief Executive. However, that is exactly what we now have.

Anonymous said...

He certainly has a view of America that, if were better understood, is in opposition to what I think most would agree is the greatest nation in the world, despite her faults.

RGW