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I want to say at the start that I was born and raised in the United States, I have lived here all my life. I love this country; but much like being the parent of a child, one tries to correct them if you see them pursuing the wrong path. I believe that this country is exceptional, but many times it is in the wrong way.

This country is exceptional at being arrogant and making fun of anyone who is different than us. We are exceptional at making the rich richer; and the poor poorer. We are exceptional at helping corporations reap huge profits, while their CEOs get huge bonuses and their employees get the shaft.

We are exceptional at making health insurance companies wealthy, while millions of our citizens have no health care. We are exceptional at having the largest military budget in the world, while we talk of cutting Social Security, Medicare, Education and many other important domestic programs.

We are exceptional at helping corrupt dictators and governments around the world; while talking of laying off public employees here at home. We are exceptional at being racist toward African Americans, Hispanics and many other minorities, sexist toward women and homophobic toward gays.

We are exceptional at going crazy over a football game or American Idol; but keeping our eyes closed toward injustice all around. We are exceptional at dis-engaging from the real world, and not seeing the homeless, the poor and the people who walk down the streets talking to the wind.

We are exceptional at ramming Christianity down someones throat, while being intolerant of other people's beliefs. We are exceptional at always being in a war someplace, and making the military industrial complex wealthier.

I love President Obama. I am going to do everything I can do to help him be re-elected; but I have this feeling of hopelessness and helplessness about the direction of this country. To me, in many cases our values and priorities are completely upside down. Is there any hope or is our country completely broken?

Originally posted to mcgoverngreatpatriot on Fri Feb 04, 2011 at 04:01 AM PST.

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  •  That would be my argument (1+ / 0-)
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    nickajak scalawag

    I always thought "exceptionalism" would be how others see America, our constitution, our landscape the ingenuity of her citizens. A feeling others would see in us all. The Right wishes to to weaponize the term and use it against those who sometimes don't feel like boosters about some of our country's boneheaded blunders like___________,insert your own example.

    "Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made." Immanuel Kant

    by Rented Mule on Fri Feb 04, 2011 at 04:32:33 AM PST

  •  Great Point (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think many other countries see us in a positive light right now; although in some cases, it's much better than when Bush was President.

  •  hopeless and hopeful (3+ / 0-)
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    PhilK, nickajak scalawag, brae70

    Frequently I can't decide whether to be hopeless or hopeful.  I try to remain hopeful as hopeless gives us nothing to work towards.  I have been wondering what will it take to wake up Americans.  How much worse does it need to get?  Obviously we aren't there yet.

    Good diary, thanks

  •  There is a good deal of truth to what you say, (1+ / 0-)
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    nickajak scalawag

    but no, it's not completely broken.  The U.S. has come back from McCarthyism in the 1950's, the ultrs-conservative 1920's, the nadir of race relations, the Gilded Age, etc.  We will come back from this.

    •  patriotism and ultranationalism (0+ / 0-)

      patriotism is a natural extension of one's love for family, getting along with neighbors, etc. ultranationalism is prodding your country into acts of bullying, getting it into fights that are unnecessary, getting it into trouble.

      if conservatives keep flirting with anti-Semitic John Bircher ideology and the general public gets too lazy to criticize this, we are all in trouble. under such conditions, there would be nothing special about america.

      on feb.1, michael medved said that islam does not support capitalism as we understand it. is that what God is, a cardboard tough guy to scare the workers who must be subordinate to the golden calf of wall street? Heaven forbid.

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