posted on Nov, 9 2013 @ 01:48 PM
Noam Chomsky's latest piece on 'American Exceptionalism'. It is largely a tirade on the Republican Establishment specifcally but the entire
Establishment as a whole.
There is still a Republican organization, but it long ago abandoned any pretense of being a normal parliamentary party. Conservative
commentator Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution describe today's Republicans as “a
radical insurgency—ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition”: a
serious danger to the society.
He talks, not only about current time but the recent past as well:
A few months into the Bush administration, Robert Jervis, then president of the American Political Science Association, warned that “In the
eyes of much of the world, in fact, the prime rogue state today is the United States.” Both Huntington and Jervis warned that such a course is
unwise. The consequences for the U.S. could be harmful.
Then goes on to some consequences:
Rejection of international obligations “has grown so entrenched,” Kaye writes, “that foreign governments no longer expect Washington's
ratification or its full participation in the institutions treaties create. The world is moving on; laws get made elsewhere, with limited (if any)
And recapitulates the 'Ugly American' :
While not new, the practice has indeed become more entrenched in recent years, along with quiet acceptance at home of the doctrine that the
U.S. has every right to act as a rogue state.
Then after examples of the above, he brings us to the intent of the Declaration of Independence:
When the U.S. gained independence, it sought to join the international community of the day. That is why the Declaration of Independence opens
by expressing concern for the “decent respect to the opinions of mankind.”
I have never understood how human being's could justify being exempt from the rules, the law whether it be in school, at home, in sport, in groups and
All we have, is our word and if our word is meaningless so are we. All the legal maneuvering aside, it comes down to our word, the spirit of our
Communiction is difficult enough as it is without having to divine the veracity of another's word.
"White man speaks with forked tongue" has never been more true. It's the thanks we get from electing lawyers who are trained to lie, cheat and steal
as long as they win. The laws are written by people who only see the 'letter of the law' rather then the 'spirit of the law'.
9-11-2013 by FyreByrd because: (no reason given)