The Secret To Amereican Excetionalism

    I’m an American. I still believe in American exceptionalism, but perhaps now more than ever, I have come to understand that exceptionalism is not a result of merit … but grace. I came to that conclusion after honestly asking myself: Are we smarter than the Romans, who built a republic thousands of years ahead of us; more brilliant than the Germans, from whom we developed our rocket and space technology; better than the Brits, who were one of the largest empires ever built, or more tenacious than the Russians, who stopped the Germans in WW II? I doubt it.

    So, what made America exceptional? Certainly, at the time of the revolution it was not our military or financial prowess. Exceptionalism did not rest in the hands of the Continental Congress, who were as feckless as any deliberative body ever assembled. The case could be made that Washington was exceptional, yet he lost battle after battle, almost to the point of mutiny among his men and top generals.

    What, then, was that spark that set this nation apart from all others on earth? Sure, we have an abundance of natural resources: land, warm water ports, and so much more; still, I believe, to accurately define exceptionalism, one must look to the words of the Declaration of independence.

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    The Politics Of Shunning

    So, there was a big to-do a couple of weeks back concerning the McCain campaign’s decision to kick Joe Klein off the campaign plane–presumably, because Klein has written not-so-flattering coverage of the campaign. Needless to say, this brought all sorts of scorn from the other side of the partisan divide. Wonder what the scornful will make of this: The Obama campaign has decided to heave | Read More »

    Good Question

    “Shouldn’t somebody in the media ask Obama why he was Fannie Mae’s favorite senator?”

    Barack Obama’s Very Own Alien And Sedition Act

    Get used to this kind of behavior. During an Obama Presidency, any semblance of dissent stands a strong likelihood of being met with threats and intimations of legal action against the dissenter, action taken in the name of the President of the United States. Unless I am mistaken, this is the very thing people accused George W. Bush of doing or wanting to do, no? | Read More »

    It’s Not Often That A Gaffe Is Committed In A Political Ad . . .

    After all, political ads are supposed to be tightly scripted affairs. Not so with the Obama campaign: Obama also rolled out a new 60-second TV ad to run in “key targeted states” in which he cited economic policies endorsed by Bush and McCain as essentially to blame for the troubles. “For eight years we’ve been told that the way to a stronger economy was to | Read More »

    Tsk, Tsk

    Isn’t it just dreadful when candidates for high office avoid the media? I daresay it is.

    I’ll Take Your Dollars And Give You Change

    We like change. We believed that change would flow from the fountain of Barack Obama’s audacity and hopefulness. Then we realized change would be flowing from our back pocket. With one hand, Obama picks our pocket through higher taxes. With the other, he offers us back “change.” We reduced Obama’s fancy rhetoric to one phrase: I’ll TAKE YOUR DOLLARS AND GIVE YOU CHANGE. Publicize Obama’s | Read More »

    The Audacity of Humility

    A lot has been made about the messianic and arrogant images coming off of Barack Obama, not the least of which is John McCain’s new ad. While it’s true that we have had a few successful bullish, “get-out-of-my-way” Presidents (Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, et. al.), there have also been a couple really successful (good or bad being irrelevant) humble Commanders-In-Chief. The name Lincoln comes to | Read More »

    An Open Letter to My Fellow Christians Regarding Barack Obama

    Barack Obama hopes to make a dent in evangelical Christian and Catholic support for the Republican Party. At first glance, he’s a good bet to do it. John McCain, his opponent, comes from a generation that reflexively clams up about religion. Both men claim to be Christians, but Obama has mastered the rhetoric. He can speak in soaring tones about the kingdom, the glory, and | Read More »