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Myth of "American Exceptionalism" - The Ultimate, Pernicious Howler

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Once upon a time, nonsense about states' rights, including secession, won the prize for extremist fraud, but national exceptionalism is more comprehensive. Listen to Gingrich, who shames his own history background: Obama fails to understand that "American exceptionalism refers directly to the grant of rights asserted in the Declaration of Independence" which "relates directly to our unique assertion of an unprecedented set of rights granted by God."  Like where?  Any one example, even stress on "God," will do, Newt the noodle-brain.

Exceptionalism comes spitting out of Palin's mouth constantly, attacking Obama's un-Americanism not for being born elsewhere but refusing to proclaim we're chosen by her God.  "America the Exceptional" is a chapter title in her recent, ghost-written diatribe.  Former senator. but current bigot Rick Santorum, never doubts "America is exceptional," only why so many in Washington just "don't believe that any more."

Even Obama is obliged to affirm this commandment, though not without cleverness, "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." But even this deft move becomes grist for Palin's crudest of mills, "when President Obama insists that all countries are exceptional, he's saying that none is, least of all the country he leads."  No, he got beyond whether a country is God's gift to mankind, just that citizens should honor their country, value its uniqueness to itself and the world (and almost all do and should).

Brace for this absurdity: the Party of No will find one mandate that warrants a Yes: American Exceptionalism, justifying our mighty status as the world's superpower (for a time, anyway).  Especially if it's Palin, evangelicals will tirelessly assert she's running because of God's goodness -- proof positive America is more blessed than any other human artifact called a country.  Who knows, with the magic of technology, someday God may tweet from heaven.  Then, finally, we'll learn which tribe is His (or Her) favorite and which country is chosen, if any, even awarded dominion over the speck called earth and all its inhabitants and assets.  Now, that's a headline (and gender) worth waiting for.

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For a decade, Robert S. Becker's rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, messaging and frameworks, now featured author at OpEdNews, Nation of Change and RSN. He appears regularly at Dissident Voice, with credits (more...)

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