The Case for American Exceptionalism
The trendy thing is to perceive the notion of American Exceptionalism as narrow-minded, politically incorrect, and/or just plain uncool. It’s not that self-deprecation, humbleness, or anything of that sort is in. God no. It’s just that anti-AE is the type of liberal dogma that has been perpetuated, thanks to everyone from flower-smelling liberal professors, to our very own mom jean-wearing, never-had-a-real-job-community-organizer President.
Apparently, it’s bad to think yourself special… if you’re American, that is. That’s really the gist of anti-American Exceptionalism sentiment. Advocates claim the problem with the AE crowd has to do with those it offends and/or hurts- everyone who is not American- and the false sense of self-grandeur we, as Americans, impose on ourselves as a result. By claiming we are special, we are downgrading everyone else. In all reality, this is just another subtle tactic Marxists and globalists use to incrementally mold a society to eventually accept some bullshit world where “everyone is equal.” If you can get everyone to believe the ceiling is the limit and anyone can reach it, you won’t have a problem boxing them in.
A quarterback can’t do anything without his receivers and offensive line, we are reminded. Somebody has to bat-lead off if the clean-up hitter is going to hit his grand slam. Without the average, there is no one exceptional. So, let’s all be considerate, stay average, and not have a clean-up hitter (I know, the logic of the argument is lost on me too). Let’s play football without a quarterback, where every shmo on the field gets a crack at the throwing the ball. Hopefully no one will rise above the rest.
The obvious and pricking question from haters is, “Why do Americans think they’re so special?” It’s a good question. We certainly aren’t smarter than everyone else (just look the last two presidential elections or watch Jerry Springer and The View if you’re unconvinced). We aren’t, as a whole, better-looking than everyone else. We certainly aren’t the healthiest (in this area, we are actually quite in the back of the pack). And lastly, we are definitely not the happiest. We’re drowning in anti-depressants and anxiety.
So, what right do Americans have to think themselves exceptional?
America became a country after defeating the world power at the time, England (we defeated them a second time over a decade later too). Things didn’t start out well for the colonists. They lost the first few battles. So grim did things look that certain generals were conspiring to replace General Washington. But we know that the general eventually came through, starting with the crossing of the Delaware that fateful cold December night.
Once America became an independent country (yes, the French undoubtedly helped), we came up with a Constitution and Bill of Rights document that has given more power to the people and restrained the State more than anything of the sort in recorded history ever has. It has been a model for many similar documents of civilized countries thereafter. These documents have been a thorn in the side of a President who constantly wishes to make executive decisions on all things the people-through their representatives- cannot agree on. Blast that pesky Constitution!
Over the next two hundred years, the United States of America would be responsible for bringing to the world innovations and upgrades that would irreversibly alter life in the civilized world. Trains and planes made the world smaller. Thanks to Mr. Edison, we brought light to the world and saved many eyes in the process. Mr. Graham Bell contributed the telephone. We mass-produced automobiles. We brought the awesome dual-edged sword of atomic energy. We introduced the world to motion pictures. We invented three sports, two of which are played everywhere else in the world (football is not simply because we are the last modern society to not have been completely emasculated. Just mostly). And more recently, we yet again made the world smaller with the arrival of the introduction of the internet (and yet, these bumbling yuppie buffoons in the Marxist indoctrination institutions dubbed universities still have the gall to teach that we need to be more world conscious. Clearly, no one has done more for bringing the world together than the innovations of U.S. citizens).
Americans are also one of the last modern societies to clearly deduct the importance of an empowered peoples through having their own means of defense, which is completely ironic considering all the tyrants and multi-million genocidal atrocities of the twentieth century have been bred by States of now helpless citizenry.
It’s no wonder America has been the land immigrants have risked their lives to come to. It literally became the place where you can be anything you want to be.
So, yeah. I’d say Americans have a reason or two to walk with their heads up, to expect to throw the fifty-yard touchdown.
American Exceptionalism is not a race or ethnic thing, although the same bumbling buffoons in “universities” would trick fragile minds into believing such is the case. It’s not just those of English, Scots, and Irish descent who are exceptional Americans. Italians and Greeks, Eastern Europeans, Africans, Koreans, Japanese, Cambodians, and Chinese have all come here and become exceptional businessmen, politicians, workers, and professionals. South Americans from every country have come and thrived. Blacks went from slavery to occupying the most powerful offices in the world.
American Exceptionalism is a mindset. It was fed by freedom from the State.
My family didn’t immigrate here because we aspired to be average. We could’ve done that in the old country. We came here because we want to hit the home run. My brothers in the military are top shooters and recruiters. My other brother is a top-notch guitar player hired to be especially so. And I aim to write far-above average books and articles.
Americans aren’t innately better. We’re just crazier than everyone else. We look at grave situations and see hope where everyone else has given up. We think we can climb unconquerable mountains and break through solid walls. We keep going when everyone has logically stopped to preserve what little there is left.
We are exceptional because we believe we are. Let everyone else field the pop balls. We want to make the diving catch at shortstop. We’re going to hit the three-point shot with under a second left. Or maybe, we’re just going to throttle our opponent to where a last-second three-point jump shot is not needed. Our starters sat out long ago.
If we’re going to crawl out of this rathole of mediocrity, debt, and political correctness we have allowed our Marxist leaders to march us into, we’re going to need some people who aren’t afraid to swing for the fences.
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