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  •  inferior (0+ / 0-)

    inferiorrrrr  what?   We do stupid things because we are stupid and ignorant , yet we think we aren't.

    Its this stupid belief in american exceptioanlism that leads us to continue to do stupid things.

    Bad is never good until worse happens

    by dark daze on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 12:33:32 PM PST

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    •  People can be ignorant and foolish... (0+ / 0-)

      ...but I don't think most people are truly stupid.  I think people can be taught and persuaded towards greater wisdom.

      People are going to believe in American exceptionalism because they are Americans, just like many Chinese believe their land is best, many Brits believe their Island's the best, and so on and so forth.  Yes, letting that become idolatry is bad.  Like C.S. Lewis said, the love that becomes a God turns into a devil.  But love of country moderated with other virtues is no sign of stupidity.

      Nor should we push that forwards as such.

      Rather than try and bully people out of an honest love of their country, we should encourage people to channel that into wanting this country to be a great country on the substance, a moral country not merely in claim, but in fact.  I take a certain pride in my country, and so I want it to do it's best out there in the world, competing economically, supporting human rights, bringing peace, not war to the world.

      Understand?  Rather than build up ill-will and encouraging alienation and opposition, we should draw people in and use their positive mindset about America agaisnt bad policy.  Don't destroy patriotism, use it for good, for wise and smart things, rather than foolishness and incompetence.

      The GOP: The Party of Failure. Pass it on.

      by Stephen Daugherty on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 02:04:24 PM PST

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      •  see thats your first mistake (0+ / 0-)

        but I don't think most people are truly stupid.

        see right there is your first mistake.

        Bad is never good until worse happens

        by dark daze on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 04:56:21 PM PST

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      •  second mistake (0+ / 0-)

        Don't destroy patriotism

        patriotism is the tool the rich man uses to get the poor man to do his bidding.

        How else does a rich stranger get a mother to willingly send her son halfway around the world to go kill another womens child who they have never met?

        Bad is never good until worse happens

        by dark daze on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 05:00:13 PM PST

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