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Dear Mr. Santorum, Democrats have made America exceptional

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Yes, we could consider the wonderful Republican invasion of Grenada in 1983 that was orchestrated by President Ronald Reagan as a great victory. Grenada had fewer people than Pittsburgh did, and the Steelers would have done a better job of defending their home turf than the Grenadians -- who had no true military -- did.

In fact, Reagan had one opportunity to confront terrorism and demonstrate America's "Exceptionalism." Instead, he cut and ran. That occurred in October 1983 when a bombing in Beirut killed 241 Americans, 299 overall including French soldiers. The perpetrators were members of Islamic Jihad, an Islamic terrorist organization.

With that great opportunity, Mr. Santorum, you would have thought that Reagan would have retaliated and demonstrated that terrorist groups cannot attack and kill Americans; instead, he cut and ran. Yes, the famous cut-and-runner, Ronald Reagan. What an "exceptional" president.

Finally, another person who demonstrated that America is an exceptional country is Harry S. Truman, also a Democrat. After World War II, our allies in Europe lay in tatters, with a tremendous fear that they would be overrun by Soviet forces. Instead, Truman initiated the Marshall Plan (European Recovery Program), perhaps the greatest act of beneficence in the history of mankind.

That program provided $13 billion dollars in aid to the countries of Europe, with the food and products being grown or manufactured in the U.S., thereby helping them recover from the devastation that occurred because of Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich. It also helped those countries resist aggression by the Soviets during the Cold War.

One last point about Truman: He was the one who authorized the use of atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and that action saved between 250 thousand and a million American lives, and perhaps as many as a million Japanese, according to many historians. Truman never wavered because he knew that a conventional attack of Japan would be brutal and would lead to horrific loss of life -- on both sides.

Yes, Harry S. Truman, that liberal Democrat, was not afraid to demonstrate American exceptionalism -- and vowed that use of such weapons would never occur again.

In short, Democrats continue to improve the United States of America, while the Republicans have done little to enhance the quality of life in their country.

Once again, Mr. Santorum, just what have Republicans done to demonstrate that America is an exceptional country -- except for tax cuts that led to the Great Depression and to the Great Recession of 2008-11?

Nothing.

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