Saturday, June 9, 2012

Baill Maher revisits American exceptionalism

In na Overtime segment, Bill Maher argued that America would be wise to drop the notion of “American exceptionalism.”

In the past, Maher has criticized politicians like Mitt Romney for their constant praise of the United States without any acknowledgement of the country's faults.

Rightrdia looks as American exceptionalism as a form of Jingoism.  Colloquially, jingoism refers to excessive bias in judging one's own country as superior to others which is an an extreme type of nationalism.

Jingoism is extreme is patriotism in the form of aggressive foreign policy. Sound familiar? 

In practice, jingoism is a country's advocation of the use of threats or actual force against other countries in order to safeguard what it perceives as its national interests. 

G W Bush is a good example of where jingoism can take a country with his unjustified invasion of Iraq. 

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