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American Exceptionalism - the Left Doesn't Get It

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It is often stunning to witness the historical ignorance on the part of the American left of their own (one can only assume) country. One wonders whether this is on purpose, because that way they don’t have to recognize the greatness of the United States of America.

They then can continue to hate America for all its evils, transgressions, oppressive behavior, blah, blah, and blah; just listen to Barack Obama’s speeches and you will hear all the standard liberal canards about how awful America is.

The latest and one of the most vociferous seems to be the liberal rant against what is known as American exceptionalism.Progressives discussing American exceptionalism seem to regard it as some sort of proof that those espousing it are jingoistic, rapidly nationalistic, far right radicals who are racist, homophobic, islamophobic, blah, blah, and blah. It is clearly a pejorative term to the multicultural left as they insist that 'We’re not better than anyone else,' with great egalitarian aplomb.

To them, the United States of America is just another country on the U.N. roster of nations, somewhere in between Uganda and Zimbabwe.

What the left refuses, or is incapable of comprehending, is that American exceptionalism is not a conceptual term, it is a historical term.

What it means, quite simply, is that we are the only such experiment that worked.

Many throughout world history have rebelled against their rulers, presumably to find a better way of being, or provide a better life for themselves and those others who lived under their present oppressive rulers.

Extreme examples would include the tragic paroxysms of revolution in Russia, whose revolt against the tyranny of the Czar was replaced with the greater tyranny of Bolshevism, then the even more deadly Communism.

Then there was the nation of France, whose American Revolutionary War-inspired revolution against the tyranny of the Bourbon Kings resulted in the greater tyranny of the Terror followed by that of Emperor Napoleon.

For time immemorial, nations’ peoples have given everything to try to achieve greater freedoms, to try to better lives for themselves and their fellow citizens, or simply to try to garnish more power.

Smaller nations, like Poland, Italy and numerous South and Central American countries, have made the same attempts, all with the same result; the opposite of what was achieved in the American Revolution.

There were many reasons for our success, and for the eventual failure of every other such experiment. The unique success of the American Revolution was due perhaps to the confluence of the great men at the time of our Founding, something that was not present in any similar recorded history.

It was perhaps due to the remarkable leadership of our first and greatest leader, George Washington, who guided America brilliantly not only through the Revolutionary War, but also through the difficult birth of the new United States of America.

This experiment’s success could also have been due to the unique spirit of independence and self-determination that seems to have been instilled in Americans even before we were a country.

Whatever the reason, or combination of reasons, the American experiment in coming to the conclusion that fighting a war to achieve true freedom, and actually accomplishing this, was the only one that has ever worked. Thus, American exceptionalism.

Not opinion; not jingoism; not spin; not overwheening pride; simply, historical fact.

And it is a fact of which Americans should be justifiably; no, fiercely, proud.

Deal with it, America-haters.

Susan Smith Mellody has been a magazine columnist, speechwriter, and reporter. She specializes in residential property. For more of her reports — Click Here Now.

 

 

 

 

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It's often stunning to witness the historical ignorance on the part of the American left of their own country. One wonders whether this is on purpose, because that way they don’t have to recognize the greatness of the United States of America.
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