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  •  As I've said before: (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Scientician, Qwisp

    The only thing exceptional with America and Americans is their exceptional need to tell themselves how "exceptional" they are.

    Nothing more to it.

    Dissolve Israel; stop distinguishing between jew and non-jew in Palestine.

    by high5 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 05:48:21 AM PDT

    •  Not necessarily (0+ / 0-)

      Such sentiments linked to religion frequently appear at times when nations are emerging, engaged in war or struggling to establish a national identity. This is perfectly exemplified by the words of "Rule, Brittania!" written at a time in the l740s when there was a little local difficulty with Spain and only a few decades after the Act of Union between England and Scotland. The first verse and refrain goes:

         When Britain first, at Heaven's command
          Arose from out the azure main;
          This was the charter of the land,
          And guardian angels sang this strain:

          "Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
          "Britons never will be slaves."

      Which proposes that the land itself was specially created by God.

      The second verse goes on:

         The nations, not so blest as thee,
          Must, in their turns, to tyrants fall;
          While thou shalt flourish great and free,
          The dread and envy of them all.
      As clear a claim to British exceptionalism as any declaration of American exceptionalism surely?

      Why doesn't Mitt Romney carry an iPhone? 1. He has staff to carry his cellphone 2. He has an Ann Droid.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 06:13:18 AM PDT

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      •  It's where American 'Exceptionalism' came from (0+ / 0-)

        This year, I'm doing something I've never done before - I'm voting a straight Democratic ticket

        by chmood on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 06:42:15 AM PDT

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        •  Colonialism (0+ / 0-)

          It's actually a quite necessary part of bringing the general population on board to enable an empire to be maintained. Now, apart from places like the Virgin Islands and Porto Rico, the USA does not have the sort of imperial administration requirements needed by the European powers. It is also needed as part of the "theatre" needed to maintain power - the British Empire managed to rule over tens of millions with a few hundred in numerous countries.

          The USA uses what in the 19th century was called "gunboat diplomacy" to enforce its trading position, exactly the same reason the British had for its Empire. The reason for the exceptionalism meme is simply to ensure the electorate are willing to keep up the organisation and military necessary to enforce the predominant trading position.

          If you look to Africa, China is building a similar trading position to gain access to raw materials like copper in order to feed the needs of its industries. Inevitably this has led to considerable influence over nominally indpendent governments and settlements of Chinese entrepreneurs remarkably similar to those of the old imperial powers. Chinese exceptionalism is even more pronounced than American. There are serious paeleontolgists who maintain the official line that the Chinese are descended from a different branch of the genus homo than the rest of the world.

          Why doesn't Mitt Romney carry an iPhone? 1. He has staff to carry his cellphone 2. He has an Ann Droid.

          by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 07:18:57 AM PDT

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