Wednesday, April 21, 2010

America's Exceptionalism


I have long noticed a phenomenon, particularly amongst our brothers and sisters on the left side of the political spectrum, to bash our country endlessly.  This has ever been the case in recent generations, but it seems to have hit a crescendo during the times that Republicans hold office. Now, that we have an uber-leftist as President, I had expected this nonsense to recede in waiting until 2012 when a conservative was elected back to the office. Evidently I was mistaken, as the Obama administration routinely is the biggest culprit of running down America these days.

Despite all of the hyper-socialist transformational tendencies of President Obama, this is definitely something to which I, and I suspect a majority of Americans, take strong exception. President Obama, his sycophantic mouth-pieces in the media, and his diminishing ranks of followers seem to be almost gleeful in pointing out the errors, evils, and shortcomings of our greatest of all nations. (even if they have to make it up as they go sometimes.)

Now granted, America has not been perfect as a nation, not that any nation ever has; however, typically America eventually admits its sins and does what is necessary to make things right.

For instance, many of our founders were troubled over the issue of slavery, but in order to form our nation they set the issue aside at the time. Eventually in 1861, that issue came to the forefront and one of our bloodiest wars ever was fought to end the evil practice of slavery via the Civil War. We nearly tore this nation apart in blood to atone for that sin.

Other parts of our history of which most decent Americans are understandably ashamed happened such as the displacement and overall treatment of American Indians as we swept westward as a country in fulfillment of our manifest destiny.

We have not always done the right thing as a country, but we are very good at eventually making amends for those seldom affronts.

More importantly, America has always been a beacon for good. For Liberty. For the opportunity to strive to reach one’s dreams.

Millions and millions of immigrants have journeyed to our shores over our 234 year history in order to find a better life; to find a life they could not have in their old country. And many of those immigrants embraced America and improved their lives and those of their posterity. Indeed, if the borders were open to the world’s population to become a member of any nation of their choosing, how many of the world’s six billion people would rush to call themselves Americans today?

In America’s relatively short existence on this earth as a nation, just look at what we have accomplished. It is my belief that our divinely-inspired Founding Fathers put in place a nearly unprecedented form of government where We The People were to govern ourselves through representatives of our own choosing. Our natural rights, derived from our Creator, were protected in a strong and also previously unprecedented Constitution that has become the very model for many free nations’ own constitutions since then.

Our prosperity through a free market system where hard work, perseverance, and risk are often rewarded has been unparalleled. Because of this, we have been the breadbasket of the world, the leaders of commerce, the greatest of inventors and innovators, and a friend to all that would be our friend. From the discovery of flight to reaching the furthest parts of space thus far, America has lead the way. Ingenuity is rewarded in this nation. All of these things are possible because of the gift of liberty from God as established in America by our founders.

Even our poorest people are wealthier than those from nearly anywhere else in the world. Our poor typically have a home, a television, perhaps even a car, where the poorest of some nations are lucky to have food to subsist upon. Our poor typically are more likely to suffer from obesity.

We have a military that is unmatched in human history in its might, and despite such strength, we do not use it for creating an empire of lesser nations. We have used our military strength in rescuing those allies that were unable to fend for themselves in war such as France and Britain in WWII, and in the liberation of nations from evil tyrants. We have used our might to help protect our friends in Europe under the umbrella of our strength during the darkest days of the Cold War. We have not asked for riches or land in return for this. We have paid in our blood and treasure to protect our allies. Our friends have unfettered access to the world’s seas and airspace in large part due to the protection of those sea lanes and air space by the United States military.

Despite all of these things, I still hear from those that decry our excesses. They state how we consume 25% of the world's energy, and yet they fail to realize that this is rewarded in unmatched productivity in farming, manufacturing, and services that benefits that same world far more than the output of any other nation’s.

A week ago, President Obama’s top science and technology official, who has argued for the economic de-development of America, warned science students that the United States cannot expect to be “number one” forever. “We can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely,” Dr. John P. Holdren said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Why can we not expect this, sir? We have achieved more than any other nation on earth despite being younger than most nations on earth. It is because we do not accept failure and do not feel ashamed at being the last remaining superpower that we can continue to be that “shining city on a hill” to which President Reagan referred.

To run down our country and defer to lesser nations rather than lead the way in the cause of liberty and freedom is unacceptable. Accepting the soft bigotry of low expectations will only weaken us as a country. That is not what our founders envisioned, not what millions of Americans fought for, and not what we have together spent in blood, treasure, and our sacred honor to protect and defend.

4 comments:

Dave Splash said...

"Now granted, America has not been perfect as a nation"

I don't know, Paine, sounds like you hate America. Are you a commie or born in Kenya or something because no real American would ever even acknowledge a mistake made by the US. Cuz, of course, we are Americans and we don't make mistakes.

This is the most baffling and confusing of the made up attacks on our president. To argue that President Obama secretly hates America is one of the dumbest and most baseless charges the right has made in the long list of baseless charges leveled against him.

What is this based on? Nothing. Why would Barack Obama run for president if he hated America and wanted others to succeed instead of us? What is the logic there?

Actually, don't bother. The entire "Obama secretly hates America" meme is so ridiculous that I don't even want to know from whose ass it was pulled out of.

T. Paine said...

Splash, you put words in my mouth that I did not say. Nowhere did I say that Obama "hates" America. I said he runs it down and seems to delight in pointing out the errors, evils, and shortcomings of our greatest of all nations.

Based on his strongest desires to "transform" America and to "redistribute" the seemingly (to him) ill-gotten money of the wealthy to those poor to which it rightfully belongs in his eyes seems to suggest to me that he does not understand nor does he appreciate the value of hard work and rugged individualism that created the prosperity and safeguarded the liberty of this country.

Obama seems to want to revise our nation's history to the world and apologize repeatedly to foreign dignataries as he bows his way across other continents for America's transgression, real or imagined.

He is embarrassed by the use of our military for safeguarding freedom for us and our allies and wants to pull our troops back from our obligations as soon as possible, consequences to liberty be damned.

He has a dark history of hanging out and befriending those that find America to be an evil, unjust, and racist country. I give you his spiritual mentor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, in whose church pews he sat for twenty years as Mr. Wright proclaimed HIS racist views and how America got what it deserved in 9/11 as God "damned America".

He started his political life in the living room of William Ayers, a domestic terrorist that is unrepentant to this day for his work with the weather underground in trying to kill police and bomb government installations.

Even Obama's own wife was "never proud of her country" until her husband reached his pinnacle career height.

One does not do, say, or associate with others of this ilk if he truly understands, appreciates, and loves his country, Splash.

It is hardly a made up accusation. The fact that you do not understand this saddens me, sir, because I suspect you agree with much of our President's sentiments regarding the best nation ever founded on this earth.

Dave Splash said...

There is not a single thing you presented there that proves to anyone other than the most rabid Obama haters that he "delight[s] in pointing out the errors, evils, and shortcomings of our greatest of all nations."

It is sheer nonsense. Sorry, but you are so far out there on this one, that I fear you may be beyond help. Really, making such accusations against someone who so embodies everything that is right and good about America pisses me off.

His story is an amazing American story. The child of an immigrant works hard his entire life, makes it to an Ivy League school, excels there and becomes the first African-American to head the Harvard Law Review, moves to Chicago and helps in the inner city by being a community organizer, teaches Constitutional Law at a respected university, decides to run for office and challenge an old guard Chicago Democrat - Bobby Rush - and loses, but does not give up. He has a beautiful, successful wife and two beautiful kids. After serving in his state's legislature, he runs for Senate and wins. His speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention is so moving and powerful that he is propelled to national status. He runs for president and wins. The first ever African-American president of the United States. Ever.

How you can spin that inspiring, uniquely American story into Obama harboring resentment toward America and, I guess, according to you, wanting it to fail, defies all logic, frankly.

Your attempts at guilt by association didn't work in the election because the American people saw through the exaggerations and lies it was wrapped up in.

You truly do suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome. I sincerely hope you get help. No joke.

T. Paine said...

Dave, everything you said regarding President Obama's amazing personal story I acknowledge as being true.

That being said, how can a man that raised himself up from such humble orgins to become the most powerful man of the world's greatest country wish to transform it in such ways that would make this uniquely American story impossible for others to ever replicate again?