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By: joujae Wed, 01 Feb 2012 03:04:22 +0000 This is a really interesting debate and there have been some interesting books written on the subject. Andrew Bacevich has a good book called “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism” and the book The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism I just got done reading and it provides a good anatomy of this debate over the past two hundred years. It seems to be the biggest dichotomy with Republicans is between Romney and Paul. Interesting to see how this turns out.

By: borisjimbo Wed, 25 Jan 2012 04:11:02 +0000 To the GOP True Believers it seems to be nothing but the old British Foreign Office motto brought to life: never explain, never apologize.

By: OneOfTheSheep Wed, 25 Jan 2012 03:49:48 +0000 @NobleKin,

Your ranting about “Oligarchs and Plutocrats identifies precisely your “politics” and not-so “hidden agenda”. You state that: “The social safety nets and infrastructure are under attack and soon to be destroyed.” Well, my wife and I substantially live on Social Security, and we don’t think that prepaid “entitlement” is in new danger since it was American politicians years ago that took the money from the trust fund and replaced it with IOUs to fund new social givaways, etc. Obviously no one today can “prove” which dollars were spent where.

Our infrastructure has been allowed to deteoriate intentionally because politicians KNOW “we, the people” will pony up MORE tax revenue to FIX what good faith government would have maintained and expanded as our population grew. This is a prime example why “we, the people” can’t trust our own government.

America has been shovelling out dollars as fast as it can print them and yet when we “do the math”, America is BROKE and it’s present level of spending is unsustainable. Politicians on both sides of the aise have long believed that “if they spend it we will pay” and so have never learned to prioritize spending. America can have anything it wants, but it cannot have EVERYTHING it wants!

The coming election will choose the people who must define what kind of nation America is to be in the future. If America is to survive goals and priorities consistent with available resources must form a solid foundation for the future. Obviously we must choose these people for intelligence, courage and leadership and not for the freebies they might promise. They will have to reconsider all “safety nets” as part of descretionary spending.

Equating Republicans with Nazis reveals your personal bias, but serves no other purpose. Today’s “military-industrial complex” is a legacy of success. Our government allowed the Soviets to gain the lead in space and fortunately learned that to underfund our military capabilities is to condemn our warriors and our country to eventual defeat. No one knows where or when the next conflict will be fought, or how. That is why we must preserve superior capability for all credible threats.

If the engineers that design and supervise production of weapons systems come and go as contracts are awarded, eventually crucial capability is compromised that, once lost, can only be re-established starting from the beginning. That is where the Russians are today with their space program, having fallen well below China’s current capability. I’m glad you agree America MUST “continue to build on our actions and achievements.

Our fighters, tanks, etc. are in demand around the world…they are the “state-of-the-art” best and undefeated. Those who design, produce and sell these products are part of America’s middle class and those sales help a LOT with America’s import-export imbalance in goods. If you have some two-bit dictator who is a big frog in a small pond, you take him out in HIS country rather than wait until you have to fight him or his people in yours.

Today’s terrorist/radical is too cowardly to wear a uniform and stay out of hospitals, mosques and homes. He is a “whack-a-mole” enemy whose life is worth nothing even to him that uses women and children as human shields. That makes hard to protect our country and/or our people following Marquis of Queensbury rules. When there is no end to “jihad” and you don’t want to have to capture the same people again and again you have limited choices…take NO prisoners or have a place like Guantanamo.

Saddam invaded Kuwait, which was the first step to his controlling the oil of the middle east. Of COURSE that put his ambitions in conflict with America’s dependence on middle eastern oil. The difference is that America doesn’t steal oil or “take” it. We buy it like everybody else.

America is the land of opportunity, NOT the land of entitlement. The number of Americans in American prisons is a failure of our culture and our parents and not our government. But there is no alternative to taking the uncivil and the incorrigible sociopaths OFF the streets. It’s expensive, but necessary, whatever it costs.

America can and is exceptional even though it is not and never will be perfect. When you can point at a proven alternative that is economically sustainable, I’m interested. (Hint…Europe and the Euro isn’t it)

By: OneOfTheSheep Wed, 25 Jan 2012 02:42:46 +0000 @Andvari,

Germany was working on atomic weapons, but never solved crucial design problems. They had NO production or delivery systems substantially underway that would have made them “contenders” on the battlefield even had they not been defeated well before Japan. Russia relied on a spy network to steal American technical progress and lagged even further behind. I stated my personal wish that our leaders had had the backbone to stop nuclear proliferation when they could have, and they COULD have.

I didn’t say it would be easy or popular. Bombing civilians wasn’t popular either, and yet it served a valid military purpose. Yes, “Once the genie was out of the bottle, there was no way to put it back” and so speculation as to what might have been at this late date is a waste of everyone’s time.

By: NobleKin Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:15:15 +0000 It is great to look back and wax poetic on the accomplishments of our forefathers in creating the foundation of our country and our leadership during world events of 70 years ago that positioned us as the world’s superpower.

The problem is there are too few who actually understand most of what our forefathers stood for and the stark contrast with the history of some recent presidents and politicians.

The greatness that emerged from WWII was accompanied with many recently minted laws that supported effective tax rates to pay for our efforts and effective use of goverment to facilitate capitalism without being overtaken by Oligarchs and Plutocrats. Soon after social safety nets and infrastructure were set in place that have offered a national sense of security that supports our workers and entrepeneurs alike. Unfortunately, that time is passing away.

The social safety nets and infrastructure are under attack and soon to be destroyed.

After WWII, one of America’s great WWII generals and retiring President warned against the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex. He feared one day the tentacles of this industry and its powerful corporations would overtake our government and grow beyond the control of the American people. In reviewing our expenditures the past thirty years (especially the last ten), it seems his words are horrifically prophetic.

There was a term used decades ago “Jingoism” that defines what I see as a more representational word for what represents the American Exceptionalism bandying about by so many Republicans. It smacks of the propaganda used by Goebbels when the Nazis were gaining power in Germany. They too believed in their own brand of exceptionalism, and became intoxicated by their own B.S. Most of their better leaders were voted out or chased out of office. Look where that got them…

When you are a great Democracy, you don’t need to go around telling everybody how great you are or invading countries using military might. You are simply the sum of your actions and achievements, and you continue to build on them…not stand back on your laurels and tell everyone how great you are.

When America under W. Bush attacked and invaded a country as a ‘preemptive’ measure on less than reliable evidence and slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people, our brand of exceptionalism was no longer supported, even by some of our closest historic allies. When America under W. Bush engaged in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, not a single American was asked to sacrifice a little more income to help pay for the efforts and hold the deficits in check. When America under W. Bush failed to regulate the banks, financial, and insurance industries sufficiently to stave off a collapse, our economic exceptionalism was rightfully questioned. Given the root cause of some of our recessions, America under each of the last five presidents has failed to steer America towards energy independence and innovation, our exceptionalism is again less than it could be.

So which is ‘more American’ – ‘more exceptional’?

The citizen who calls into question some of our failings and how we might consider or act to correct them, or the citizens who continue to wave the flag and tell everybody how great we are even as we have descended into economic and political chaos?

If America witnesses tens of millions of its citizens falling into poverty as countless numbers of businesses are exporting jobs without penalty, moving their HQ’s to overseas tax havens and then importing products made by non-democratic states to sell to our citizens at a massive profit, how are We The People exceptional again? If we witness the erosion of our Constitutional rights and freedoms such that our government can detain an American citizen indefinitely without proof (habius corpus) under the guise of ‘homeland defense’ then how is that exceptional again? Counting the numbers of citizens in prison matters, counting the mortality rates of citizens matters, counting the numbers of engineers and doctors and those graduating matters, counting the numbers of people who fall into poverty matters, counting the costs of healthcare matters…and when you find we are entering the bottom of these categories when ranked against our industrialized peers…counting that matters.

But by all means, go ahead and wave the flag with vigor and enthusiams and tell everyone who will listen how great America is absent thought beyond waving the flag with vigor and enthusiasm and get mad as hell if anyone asks why. That is exceptional, isn’t it?

By: Gordon2352 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:09:51 +0000 “American Exceptionalism”, if examined closely in the context of what this country promises versus what it actually delivers in any category you care to name, either domestic or foreign throughout its entire history, has been one of the greatest failures in modern history.

What it does “exceptionally well” is make sure the wealthy stay that way.

The rest of it is nothing more than a chimera.

By: Andvari Tue, 24 Jan 2012 23:38:23 +0000 Newt primarily likes to reference the Declaration of Independence because of this phrase, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration simply sets forth the reasons we broke away from the United Kingdom, a noble undertaking in and of itself.

He doesn’t like to reference the Constitution as much, because god is not mentioned in it, and the separation of church and state is clearly delineated. The Constitution does set us apart from most others (as exceptional) in that it clearly defines and sets forth the laws that would govern us, even before we became a nation. No republic or nation that I can think of ever set down the laws that would govern it in one document before uniting together and consolidating itself into a nation state.