Friday, July 29, 2011

American Exceptionalism?

Rightardia follows international surveys and the US is rarely even in the top 10. We have talked about this many times but right wingers like Sarah Palin love this feel good pabulum about American exceptionalism.

A nation must work every day to remain exceptional. Being exceptional is not an entitlement by virtue of being an American citizen. The Romans and Greeks were once exceptional nations, but their day has come and gone.

A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that 39 percent of respondents believe “the current economic downturn is part of a long-term permanent decline and the economy will never fully recover.”

It is politically correct to say that America is an exceptional country, but the world is a competitive place and the US cannot rest on its laurels.


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