Obama Finally Defends American Exceptionalism… After Turning Us Into Europe

obama“I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Those words were spoken by President Obama during a press conference in France back in 2009.

The president took a lot of heat for that remark from conservatives at the time, and it wasn’t all that hard to understand why. His stated belief seemed to be that the concept of exceptionalism really didn’t have a whole lot to do with actually being exceptional. Instead, he appeared to view it merely as an attitude – a rallying cry from home-team fans at a sporting event.

This perceived sense of indifference or perhaps even distaste toward America’s power, relevance and influence in the world has always been a major point of contention for the president’s critics, including myself. Many of us view Barack Obama as a man who has long been irritatingly reluctant to recognize this country for its greatness, admire it for its achievements, and accept its vast importance to the world stage.

When we listen to him speak broadly about what makes America special, we often hear him refer to our spirit and our state of mind as Americans, but he rarely reflects on the uniqueness of the American way of life. We rarely hear him describe the magnificence of our country as a testament to a long history of defending freedom, liberty, and the rights of individuals. We don’t hear him talk about America as a place where someone can bring their limitless dreams to fruition with enough hard work and determination, and then bask in the fruits of their achievements.

Instead, we hear him talk about a nation with grand potential that may one day be great if only we make the right decisions going forward.

In President Obama’s recent proclamation on the remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, he said, “Today, we can honor those we lost by building a nation worthy of their memories.”

Are we not already a nation worthy of their memories? According to the president, we’re not.

As we’ve witnessed over the past five years, the kind of nation our president seems to prefer more resembles one that you might find in Europe.

I’m talking about a nation where chronically high unemployment is acceptable, and its citizens are conditioned to believe it’s now just part of the societal culture. It’s a nation where the expansion of the entitlement and welfare states are worth the price-tags of insurmountable debt, a stagnant economy, and a lower quality of living for our children. It’s a nation where disproportionate wealth is viewed as immoral and unjust, a thus must by siphoned off for the greater good. It’s a nation in which the government is heavily involved in the healthcare system, and is steadily going after more control of it. It’s a nation that’s paralyzed by political correctness, and it’s one where self-righteous sanctimony is an acceptable replacement for logic. It’s a nation that’s becoming increasingly and willfully irrelevant to important world matters, leading from behind and content with letting other countries deal with issues that directly affect it.

I don’t believe our president has ever viewed America as being exceptional. I think he came into office believing that our nation was a problem child that needed to be put in a time-out, told that we’re no better than anyone else, and then sent off to a European school for re-education.

That’s why I found it interesting, last Tuesday, when the president invoked American exceptionalism in his address to the country regarding U.S. military intervention is Syria.

“But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act,” he said. “That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional.”

He’s getting closer… at least in the rhetoric. I suppose some of us should feel a little encouraged that he’s now not afraid to use that term in a high-profile speech to the nation – even if it was only for the purpose of pandering for our support.

But even in the rhetoric, Obama still hasn’t quite figured out what the rest of the country is referring to when it talks about American exceptionalism. Russian President Vladimir Putin got it wrong too, in the controversial op-ed he recently wrote for the New York Times.

American exceptionalism isn’t about the means we have as a country, and how we plan to use those means. It’s about how we came to have those means in the first place. It’s about how the U.S. Constitution and the American way of life led us to become such a successful, prosperous, free nation. We didn’t achieve our freedoms by accident. We didn’t become the world’s last superpower by accident. We didn’t become the center of the world economy by accident. Americans don’t have the quality of living they do as the result of some accident. We earned these things because of our uniqueness and because we are exceptional. From a Dead Sleep - by John A. Daly

It’s not a state of mind. It’s a state of being. And as our country’s leadership continues to work diligently to transform our nation’s state of being into that of a European society, what does that mean for the future of American exceptionalism? Will it one day become exactly what our president defined it as back in 2009 – a home-team rallying cry?

I sure hope not, but I fear that may very well be the case.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • dchrist81

    The president who sees America as no different than Greece will fundamentally transform America until it actually is no different than Greece.

  • Wil

    The financial crisis of 2007–2008, also known as the Global Financial Crisis and 2008 financial crisis, is considered by many economists the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It resulted in the threat of total collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments, and downturns in stock markets around the world. In many areas, the housing market also suffered, resulting in evictions, foreclosures and prolonged unemployment. The crisis played a significant role in the failure of key businesses, declines in consumer wealth estimated in trillions of U.S. dollars, and a downturn in economic activity leading to the 2008–2012 global recession and contributing to the European sovereign-debt crisis!

    John, Were you in a coma during this time or are you just ignoring history, just to bash Obama?

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      I remember it well, Wil. Have you been in a coma over the past five years?
      This economy could have rebounded that way Germany’s did. It could have rebounded the way the U.S. economy did when Ronald Reagan took over the reins. But it didn’t, and it won’t, because President Obama decided that economic “fairness” was more important than economic “prosperity”, and thus we exploded the size and scope of government instead of shrinking government, lifting economic burdens, and letting the private sector lead us back to greatness.

      People like you act as though the permanent decline of America is somehow an inevitability following an economic collapse. It’s not. It’s only an inevitability of poor leadership.

      • Wil

        I’m still waiting for the House Republicans to pass Obama’s jobs bill! And, remember what Mitch McConnell said about Obama after he was elected? I do!

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          I’m still waiting for Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline – something that actually WOULD create jobs.

          BTW do yourself a favor and read the very next sentence McConnell spoke after the one you’re referring to.

          • Lc Goodfellow

            His memory is too short, like the rest of him.

          • Wil

            The Keystone pipeline is the pipeline that will send dirty oil across America, to be shipped to China. BTW do yourself a favor and read the entire story about that pipeline.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            China is where that “dirty oil” is going if the pipeline ISN’T built in America.

            This is really a perfect example of how stunningly callous this administration is about job creation in this country. At a time when a record number of Americans aren’t working, a perfect opportunity presents itself to create thousands and thousands of good jobs at no tax-payer expense, and our president refuses to sign off on it because he’s in the pocket of environmentalist special interests.

            His own State Department signed off on the safety of the pipeline, but he just doesn’t care. His only defense is to let his band of useful idiots blindly defend such acts of gross neglect, by spouting incoherently about “dirty oil”.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            and Wil, Part 1
            So dirty is that Canadian oil,
            Because the earth he says it will spoil,
            it’s kind of a crass,
            way to make gas,
            better it stays in the soil.
            .
            .
            Part 2
            Environmentalism is good for the heart,
            til the day, your car it won’t start,
            we left all that oil,
            under the soil,
            so now the only gas that you have is your fart.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Well done.

          • Wil

            Have you wondered why Canada doesn’t run that pipeline to the Pacific on their own soil? BTW, those jobs are temporary employment.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            So what’s the plan Wil, don’t build Keystone and Canadian oil will just stay in the ground??? This oil will move by pipeline or rail, then by tanker, this is certain to 100%. You see Canadians have as many social programs as Americans, and they too, have not enough tax dollars to cover them. So the oil will be sold. Today the sands projects are shipping nearly two million barrels per day. Yes per day. By 2020 it will 5 million barrels per day. You call it dirty oil, but when was the last time Canadians had 15 of their nationals hijack aircraft and bring down the World trade center like 15 Saudi’s did? In fact virtually every (major) supplier of oil to the U.S. (but Canada) hates the U.S. and you call Canadian oil dirty? The last time Canadians lined up to attack Americans was in the war of 1812 when the U.S. invaded Canada. Since then our blood has been shed together as allies in over ten thousand battlefields. Our war dead, still repose together today, in fallen victory throughout the ruins of Kaisers, Tojo’s, Third Reichs and Talibans. Dirty oil? Indeed?

          • Wil

            The plan is renewable energy.! Let Canada keep their dirty oil!

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Yes renewable will work, for a planet with about a half a billion people. So what about the other 6.5 billion? And if you suggest, renewables can work for a planet with our current population, the only arguement you have left, is fuelling the planet with your own hot air. (cause you’re full of it)

          • Wil

            How about, when the oil wells runs dry. Any plans for that? Think man, think!

          • Brian Fr Langley

            So what, we should all live in the stone age today, because oil might run out tomorrow???? How’s this for some info. The oil sands at $100 per barrel has reserves 2nd only to Saudi Arabia, but at $200 per barrel they dwarf Saudi Arabia. In fact, there’s enough oil, to Fuel North America at it’s current rate of growth, for over 100 years. The more it’s worth, there more there is. Think man, think!

          • Wil

            If oil is so plentiful, why does it cost, so much?

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Mostly because the Obama administration has been printing trillions of dollars of paper money. (you know QE1, QE2, and QE3) When you balance your foreign trade accounts with piles of printed money, commodities strictly traded (in only) that money, go up. Way up, and you ain’t seen nothing yet. Right now the world feels trapped. Modern money printing, now rivals the Confederate States of America. (and we know what Confederate dollars were worth) If the world tries to sell their dollars they’ll collapse and be worthless, so they keep the Ponzi scheme going, while they try to buy hard assets (with U.S. dollars) slowly enough it won’t be noticed. Oil by the way is one of those commodities that is pretty much only traded in U.S. dollars, so oil is a real good indicator of inflation. So good that most jurisdictions no longer use oil or gasoline when computing the “consumer price index”. They say it’s too volatile?

          • Wil

            Remember, We also have to pay the debt Bush ran up.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            I’m not talking about debt??? I’m talking about printing money. Think of it this way. What happens when a farmer who sells his wheat for a dollar a bushel decides to up his profits by adding sawdust so his wheat weighs more. The customer gets the same weight for a dollar but less actual food. You can always increase your profits by adding water to the whisky you sell, or sawdust to the wheat. But eventually nobody will buy your adulterated products. (because they’re not stupid) QE1,2,and 3, is just adding water to the whisky. The Obama administration is adulterating U.S. dollars on a staggering scale.

          • Wil

            Whatever you say…. Bottoms up!

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Typical liberal retort. Who gives a poop we’re selling our country out
            .
            My whiskey, they watered it down,
            so my sorrows couldn’t I drown,
            though he was paid,
            instead I’ve been played,
            the heck with this barkeeper clown.
            .
            This will be the future for America and it’s goods and services if they keep adulterating the money.

          • Wil

            Stay thirsty, my friend.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Oh God.

          • Wil

            I’m listening….

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            No you’re not.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      It was Clinton’s repeal of Glass-Steagal that turned Wall street into a giant casino, that crashed the economy. It’s hilarious, that behind the scenes Democrats may snub Larry Summers as Fed Chief, because behind our backs, they do blame his and Clinton’s policies, for the “great recession”. Fast forward to today, and under Mr. “I’m for the poor and middle class” the filthy rich are even richer, and the Goverment today, is taking in more money than ever. (although they’re spending more yet) And the middle class and the poor? Both groups are a lot poorer. The two main winners under Obama? Wall street and the Democrats. Democrats, who now receive vast sums of donor dollars, that run election campaigns, to the mutal benefit of themselves and their Wall street friends. Ironically, campaigns that sell us, on using the rich, to help the needy? It’d be hard to quit laughing, except that vast numbers of real people are badly hurting.

      • Wil

        >It was Clinton’s repeal of Glass-Steagal that turned Wall street into a giant casino<
        Yep, with the help of the Republican Party!

        • Wheels55

          The Glass-Steagal is one of those government interventions into the free enterprise system that mostly made sense – like no monopolies. There should always be a top end to everything or we do get Too Big to Fail. Businesses have to be allowed to fail. Government bailouts seldom work in the long run.
          All parties get blame for that one. Obama had to write the checks or decide not too – he messed up as well.

    • Jeff Webb

      Thanks for bringing up the housing market, Wil. Assuming you weren’t in a coma, you no doubt recall who told President Bush there was nothing to worry about regarding Fannie & Freddie. Certainly you know that all those democrat-urged subprime loans that Barney Frank downplayed led to the triggering of the economic downturn.
      You save others the trouble of making you look like an idiot when you blame Bush for the economy, seeing that he was as liberal as most democrats on fiscal matters.
      Keep up the good work!

      • Wil

        Jeff, Someone is feeding you crap information. BTW, Are you saying Bush was duped by Barney Frank?

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          Wil, you accusing someone of being misinformed is like Anthony Weiner accusing someone of being a poor husband.

          • Wil

            How funny…NOT!

        • Jeff Webb

          I’m saying Barney Frank, whether he was in denial or knew fully well, sold President Bush a huge falsehood.
          You won’t ever want to accept it, but Bush didn’t cause the mortgage crisis. It was the result of a democrat program, and democrats telling Bush not to worry about it. Will it make you feel better to now blame Bush because he trusted the democrats?
          Just how thoroughly has the liberal hyperpartisan virus infected you?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            In Frank’s defense, he may have actually warned the Bush administration, and they just had trouble understanding what in the heck he was saying. I think the guy carries at least three dozen marbles around in his mouth, after all.

          • Wil

            > I think the guy carries at least three dozen marbles around in his mouth, after all.<

            Grade school remark, how sad.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Just talking at your level, Wil. I figured you’d appreciate that.

          • Wil

            Yeah, right!

          • Wil

            So, it was all Barney Franks fault. Now, I get it,

          • Jeff Webb

            Now who’s posting grade school remarks? Seriously, do you want to discuss this or not? You read the “democrat program/democrats telling Bush” portion of the comment, didn’t you?

          • Ron F

            “Another priority for a new term is to build an ownership society, because ownership brings security and dignity and independence. Thanks to our policies, home ownership in America is at an all- time high.” George Bush September 2, 2004. Are you suggesting that President Bush was lying when he referred to “our policies” or he was outsmarted by the Democrats?

  • Jim

    Obama is just following the “Rules for Radicals” playbook and uses rhetoric that the “low information voters” want to hear. Having sought out Marxist professors in college, being initially raised by a Marxist “father,” and not ever truly accepting the greatness of what made America, he will continue his belief that America is the root causes of the world’s problems.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Yet here’s the thing. Those things that made America great, have largely disappeared. Where is the work ethic, from whence the Framers harnessed the Constitution? Where is the right (morality) that gave it the reins? Lying, cheating, stealing, and adultery have actually become the new norm. And why not, the Government doesn’t even use real money anymore. QE1, QE2, and QE3 is called saving the economy and stimulus? Just a very few short years ago, it would have been called what it is, THEFT. I mean really, what kind of morality, believes it’s ok to sell, added water to the whisky, or lead to the gold, or sawdust to the wheat? Or what kind of morality thinks it’s ok to have municipal debt, state debt, and federal debt in amounts that can NOT now (or ever) be paid back? (when all is added in, it’s about $700,000 per man woman and child) What kind of morality allows several hundred thousand of our babies be slaughtered every year, and still call it the greater just? What kind of morality, has almost half of all our children, be abandoned by their fathers? And what kind of citizen would you be, knowing your own father dumped you? And your society let him? Let him? Heck they’re encouraging him to do it. (marriage was originally, and still is, a community enforceable compact) And every where you look, politicians (whether right or left) pander to the base and ignoble, and either ignore, or even excoriate, that, we once called noble.
    Being a Canadian history buff, I’m acutely aware of the Founder’s role, in framing “under God”, the most “exceptional” Nation ever to arise. Assert the true American nature, assert righteousness, assert the Protestant work ethic, assert the Declaration of Independance, and the Constitution, elsewise exceptionalism is lost.

  • lark2

    How could we have elected a man like Barack Obama ….. TWICE. Does anyone need more evidence of our decline? The world makes a fool of the president of the United States. The worse part is that there are still Americans who defend this choice …. watch for the barrage of nasty responses I will get. These responses will be from fellow Americans I deeply respect. It is sickening to watch the fall of the greatest country on the face of the earth brought about by the election of a man who has never had a job.

    • Wil

      I’ll bet you voted for Dubya, two times, so STFUP!

      • Brian Fr Langley

        At least Bush had a foreign policy
        Shock and awe, went President Bush,
        Obama likes sitting on tush,
        Til face saving sought,
        and Putin he got,
        now policy foreign, is mush.

        • Wil

          Yep, and over 4000 soldier died for Bush’s ‘Shock & Awe’.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            There are deciders and then there are deciders. My point was only that Bush actually had a policy. In the end, history will be much kinder to Bush than it will be to Obama.

          • Wil

            Maybe, in your dreams!

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Actually I don’t have a dog in this hunt. History will be much kinder to Bush than to Obama. Remember you heard it here first.

      • lark2

        Wil, My comment had NOTHING to do with Politics. With respect, I’m sorry you didn’t understand that .

        • Wil

          Really?