Comments on: American exceptionalism, seen through the prism of American blunders Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:27:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: PADRAEG Sun, 16 Jun 2013 03:55:41 +0000 Outside the Anglo world, there are only few nations worthy of being called exceptional. That list is published annually, & contains all the usual characters, USA usually makes the top 11

By: PADRAEG Sun, 16 Jun 2013 03:52:36 +0000 American ‘exceptionalism’ counts, provided it is not proclaimed. IF USA proclaims truth, from the nation founded on the only viable constitution on earth, it will lead.

Obama is not a leader, as Reagan was. Reagan proclaimed only that truth from a just nation enabling its citizens to grow in peace. ‘Tear down this wall’ is not based on any ‘exceptionalism’ – merely a statement demanding justice, even for non US citizens!

By: Veer_k Sat, 15 Jun 2013 20:48:01 +0000 Security Is Paramount. You can enjoy liberties in life only if you live. Obama Administration has already said they are only watching metadata and not listening to calls. So only those people need to worry who are making calls to foes or who are traitors of the country.

By: meleze Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:53:29 +0000 you should explain us how it is rational that USA is spying China while threatened by Russia? It is not a question coming back to the cold war. A triangle can’t be working ad the sharing of the world. But let’s look first the terrorist attack of Boston in which Russia appears ad a friend of the USA and 2ndly the coming conference on Syria in which the situation in an trial of strength. What is the spying of the world doing to make Putin weaker?

By: BidnisMan Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:57:09 +0000 “Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and drone strikes.” To say nothing of the wiping out of Red Indians and Hiroshima / Nagasaki.

By: BidnisMan Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:55:35 +0000 A point long overdue.

By: Wantunbiasednew Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:17:40 +0000 I do not know whether this is for real. Ordinary US citizen really thinks, i mean majority of them, that US is exceptional and best country on Earth ? (with some blunders?). If it is really the case then United States urgently needs “social psychologist” for the sake of all other humans on this planet.
1. Bi-party political system, all is settled within the Dem-Rep Family, politicians are clients for powerful economic patrons.
2. Political corruption on the level unprecedented in most UE democracies. Most of US “lobbying” activity would be actively prosecuted as corruption in majority of UE countries. Laws are tailored for highest bidder. With a few billions in campaign donations you can have anything: Glass-Steagall repealed, derivatives unregulated, bailout for friendly companies in the amount of hundreds of billions.
3. Very strong executive branch effectively suppressing civil liberties. Judicial branch role more and more in fact ceremonary.
4. Country becomes more and more militaristic and aggresive (very high defence spending to GDP ratio, aggresive wars waged worldwide to fulfill political goals, universal possession or fire arms)
5. Relatively high and rising Gini index (even after government benefits redistribution).
6. Difficult access to financially ineffective healthcare for majority of population,
7. High violent crime index, highest incarceration rate in the world,
8. Lack of equal access to good education at university level for majority of population (high fees, not transparent rules on admission)
Definitely I can list 15 countries that are a better place ot live, and their citizens do not think they are exceptional…

By: OneOfTheSheep Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:40:35 +0000 Today America leads the world economically because our dollar is the “least worst” of the fiat currencies.

I fear the day could come that we lead the world politically because we have become the “least worst” option, showing whatever face is most expedient at any given time and as bankrupt in culture and conviction as any smaller, less omnipotent alternate. If we don’t, would that be any better?

I see less and less difference in how the country is run regardless of the political party in the White House. More and more the choices given voters are those of “bad” and “worse”. I’m old enough to remember voting FOR someone or something instead of AGAINST.

Fun house mirrors aren’t much good for day to day use.

By: socalite Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:09:34 +0000 I tend to see the American exceptionalism debate as limited to Americans only, especially over the past decade. My contacts across the world associate the US with gross abuse of its influence.