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We've got Kiev on fire, with the citizens in frank revolt against their government. There are months-long protests going on in Venezuela and Thailand, too. You know what bums me out pretty fierce? The slack-jawed apathy of the American population that is getting as screwed over as the citizenry of these three nations, and we do nothing.

You know what the exception is in America? We've got enough teevee and kitten videos on the Internet to keep us pacified, even as able-bodied American workers give up.

We've got West Virginia turning into the Love Canal, and no-one outside of the situation really knows or cares unless they're news-junkies anyway.

We've got morons trying to convince the state government that the Bible really isn't actually unconstitutionally applied in public schools when they burble about creationism as a scientific theory instead of a stupid sky-fairy tale.

We've got children dying in classrooms because fools value guns over humans.

American exceptionalism lies not in the values some would wrap a flag around; it lies in the complete failure of the general citizenry to demand that government function properly or by George Washington's wooden teeth we'll make it do so.

Rant ends. Thank you for your time.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    ... all that oration sounds like capitulation now.

    by Darwinita on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 06:57:02 AM PST

  •  well consider the... (4+ / 0-)
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    Cruzankenny, Darwinita, mookins, Lepanto

    baseline of "American exceptionalism" that we're dealing with...a country where 1 in 4 people think the Sun orbits Earth, or at least aren't sure it doesn't.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 07:02:40 AM PST

    •  That's a trick question, right? The Sun comes up (2+ / 0-)
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      Darwinita, mookins

      and goes down, so anyone with any knowledge of intelligent design knows what goes up must come down, Ipso Facto, the Sun is the one doing all the moving! Therefore it has to circle the earth or it wouldn't come up in the East and down in the West. Use some logic for C****t sake.
      Sheesh!!

      "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

      by Cruzankenny on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 07:12:06 AM PST

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      •  well, (2+ / 0-)
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        Darwinita, mookins

        REV 6:13 says the stars will fall on the ground, so rather than being humongous balls of hydrogen and helium, they really are as they look...little sparklies the size of grains of sand that are held in place in the sky by magic Jesus dust.

        Or...maybe the stars ARE magic Jesus dust!

        "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

        by JackND on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 07:19:22 AM PST

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  •  Sounds good to me (0+ / 0-)

    Let’s see.  We have democracy and material comfort.  If we don’t like what our government does, we wait peacefully until the next election to do something about it.

    Kiev et al. have riots and chaos and people dying in the streets.

    And you want us to become like them?

    •  disingenuousness will not get you anywhere w/ me, (1+ / 0-)
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      mookins

      my friend.

      If you can't see the point, or worse, if you missed the end line, then I cannot help you.

      What percentage of the citizenry even votes on a regular basis in this country?: Not enough to convince me I don't have a point.

      ... all that oration sounds like capitulation now.

      by Darwinita on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 07:58:47 AM PST

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  •  Thailand is really a different issue. It's more (0+ / 0-)

    like if Republicans instead of accepting the fact that they lost an election started street riots in the South.

    Problems in Ukraine and Venezuela are much more severe than those in US.

  •  But, but, but (2+ / 0-)
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    Darwinita, SQD35R

    we have to be outraged about, um, Mike Rowe because, well, he did something! This is far more important than, well, anything else! Or that someone tweeted something! Or, or that, well, something about reality television! Screw all that other stuff, this stuff is important!

    But here we have elections, where we rotate the same faces over and over through the halls of power, and even though things keep getting worse we can pat ourselves on the back because we aren't up in arms.

    Yep, we are civilized.

    Just like sheep.

    So screw those other countries and their protests. We are Americans damn it. We know how to peacefully watch our country go to shit.

    "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

    by just another vet on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 08:47:05 AM PST

  •  According to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria (0+ / 0-)

    Nuland the US has "invested" $5 billion to help "democratic forces" in the Ukraine.

    I suspect we "invested" just about as much, if not more, to help "democratic forces in Syria.

    And look at the results.

    Sometimes I do wish we were less "exceptional" !

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 01:13:46 PM PST

  •  There are not "months long" protests going on (0+ / 0-)

    in Venezuela. Small groups of students first started "protesting" (read: blockading roads and burning tires in the streets) on the 4th of this month. The big demonstrations didn't start until until last week.

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