For the last four to six years, if not longer, many people have accused now President Barack Obama of not believing in America’s exceptionalism. From Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity, the list goes on. Likewise, so does the list of those who defend him and his stance.
If you search through the internet netherworld on the subject, you will find all sorts of results ranging from radio interviews, video clips, speech transcripts, pod-casts, and so forth on the subject.
Particularly, when selecting an audio clip from what may have been a campaign speech where Obama is responding to what was evidently his opponent’s claim that he didn’t believe America was exceptional, you can hear Barack exclaiming (although don’t quote me on its exactness): I believe in American exceptionalism…as the British believe in British exceptionalism, and just as the Greeks believe in…and so on. Then, in the background, a thunderous roar could be heard from the cast of thousands in attendance.
Now, for those applauding and cheering in adulated agreement with his words, all I can say is “Moo… …Moooooo.”
But those who can read between the lines, it’s as clear as night and day. To say what he said, no matter which way you look at it, is to unequivocally profess that he doesn’t believe in America’s exceptionalism.
Sure, Barack’s defenders have come to his aid stating that his words are being taken out of context. But that truly isn’t the case.
What they’d like you to believe, and addressing this confusion at face value, is that what he is saying is he believes that everyone, no matter where you exist in this world, is exceptional. When thinking of the person—the individual—this is true. We all are exceptional. And this exceptionality was bestowed upon us by none other than God.
What they have succeeded in doing instead is generating confusion about this issue. And quite possibly, or more probably, this was purposefully perpetrated in order to placate his masses. When speaking of the group of individuals as a whole—the country—this is different and false. A country’s exceptionalism lies in the collective belief for which it stands.
And responding directly to it, our country’s exceptionalism is exactly and indisputably where the context of this issue exists.
To say what Obama has said is to say that what exists here in America (and what America stands for) is no better than anywhere else on this planet. And it also says that every other country in the world, and every other form of government, stands equal to that ofAmerica.
His context is a stark contrast to the truth and the reality behind the sayings, actions, and written words of The Founding Fathers!
For nowhere else on this planet, other than right here at home in these United States Of America, can it be found or said that “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”.
So, when specifically addressing an issue as one’s belief in his country’s exceptionalism, one does not mince words. His words mean exactly what they mean.
And we must all take issue with this!
Yet still there will be some who might argue that he meant something else. But ask yourself this: “Why then didn’t this most prolifically unrivaled of orators simply just say something else?”
I mean, he (supposedly) has a grasp on the language. He is or was a lawyer. So he knows how well and succinct the spoken and written word needs to be.
Maybe he was avoiding the subject? Or maybe he was resorting to political correctness? Or maybe he doesn’t have a clue what exceptional means and what it means to be so?
It is true that everyone has a right to what they believe. But nowhere else does this mean more, and nowhere else has this moral truth been self-evident, than in America. It started here. It exists here. It is stronger here. And it is projected outward from here.
So when it comes to your country’s exceptionalism… …you stand up for it!
Unless of course you don’t believe in it.
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