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  •  Wow! Marco diasgrees with Putin. Who says he (5+ / 0-)
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    doesn't take controversial stands? Actually, ever since college I've found the concept of American exceptionalism rather absurd, and more or less a corallary to Manifest Destiny, an illogical, but conveniently comfy ideology for repeatedly pushing back and worse to Native Americans. The essence of American exceptionalism is the City on a hill, based on conservative Protestantism starting with the Puritans and the Pilgrims.

    •  Ahem (1+ / 0-)
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      The SHINING city on the hill. We always shine, therefore we are exceptional.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 01:12:55 PM PDT

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    •  Rachel was touting "American Exceptionalism" just (1+ / 0-)
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      yesterday.  She was doing it in regards of the US leading the effort to secure loose nukes, even without bothering to go to the UN about it.

    •  I have never understood (0+ / 0-)

      why we laud "American Exceptionalism" at the same time as choosing mediocre people for our government.  The same people who say we are exceptional, smugly disparage college educations and science.  We are exceptional, but we must all come from log cabins and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps.

      Personally, I would rather hire the brightest and most educated to lead us.  Unfortunately, they tend to be atheists and scientists (or both), and Americans would rather choose someone who doesn't threaten their self-esteem ( ie someone they would ike to have a beer with, ie someone who has a beer gut, tells dirty jokes and farts.)

      As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

      by BPARTR on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 02:13:01 PM PDT

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