07 October 2009

The New American Exceptionalism

From The Weekly Standard . . .

We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, "The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish actions. Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind." (Ronald Reagan) This sort of inspirational talk by Reagan really got the left's goat.

That's the traditional view of American Exceptionalism. And this is the new version . . .

And there were many other sins as well for which America must begin to atone. That is why Obama proceeded to go on a worldwide tour early in his presidency, apologizing to nation after nation for America's manifold sins of hubris and exceptionalism, militarism and imperialism, greed and excess. These were the many ways in which Obama and his fellow leftists have reframed American exceptionalism as American tyranny.

Despite the unconvincing objections from some, there are politics and worldviews involved in one's approach to history and there are real-world ramifications to those competing worldviews. You can read the rest of this insightful piece here.

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