Originally posted by gncnew
Obama has succeeded in convincing American's that they are no longer exceptional, they are to blame for the state of the Union, and they better just
adapt because it's not getting any better.
First off, I need to say that I am in a similar boat to you with regards to regretting my choice in '08. Though I fail to see how McCain would have
been any better and we were, as ever, the third party candidates would never be allowed to win.
That said, I have to take exception to this line above. Americans should not believe that they are universally and automatically "exceptional".
America is a nation. Just like any other. A nation that had evolved steadily into one of tremendous personal freedoms, cultural vibrancy,
technological innovation and financial power.
On the other hand, any entity; be it a nation or a human being is not exceptional on the mere basis of existing. You or I can can not and should not
consider ourselves exceptional on the basis that we happened to be born on U.S. soil. It is one's actions that can make one exceptional. The same
goes for nations.
American exceptionalism is the single concept most responsible for the unmitigated clusterfornication that our society has become. A military that
thinks it is exceptional because of its sheer might, and chooses to act as it wishes where it wishes bringing "freedom" at gunpoint to people we
mysteriously deem worthy of freedom (though said worthiness is often related to their proximity to large oil reserves) Financial Manipulators that
think they are exceptional because they can bundle and rebundle numbers on a financial ledger until $1=$100 on the sheer merit of how many times
they've sold the same dollar. Hideous Wal-Mart worshiping gluttons who buy all their cheap, tacky crap including the "USA #1" T-shirt from China.
Dynastic ruling elites who think they are exceptional because their great great grandpappy built a business empire to big to fail. And, of course,
good old fashioned sheeple who are convinced that they are entitled to an endless parade of gadgetry, entertainment, cheap titilation, wealth and
comfort just because they are their own super special selves. Granted, plenty of these types of people exist outside the United States, but the U.S.
(because of it's post WWII power) has created a lot more with far reaching influence which has made us the subject of contempt and hatred around the
Americans should NOT be made to feel exceptional by default. (Nor should Britons, Australians, Swedes, Germans, Iraqis, Venezuelans or any other
resident of any country no matter how great it is or has been).
EVERYONE, however, should be made to understand that they can BECOME exceptional through study, passion, work, imagination and dedication.
Now, if your argument is that Obama has been saying that people can not become exceptional anymore, than I will agree with you. But I think that
Obama's message is inherently aspirational. He admits that there are not any free rides or easy times on the horizon, but that's just a little bit
of truth amidst his pandering nonsense. If anything, I think he paints to rosy a picture. He owes to much to the puppetmasters to be able to
actually point out that the game is rigged, and that the struggle beyond becoming exceptional is just as difficult as any other; for once you put in
the work, become good at what you do, set goals and put your shoulder to the wheel with the intention of doing something great, you still have a vast
army of status quo loving exceptionalists who think there is only room at the top for them and their buddies.