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American Exceptionalism

American Exceptionalism Is More Than Just Rhetoric

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Carla Gardina Pestana

The 2016 GOP platform opens by endorsing “American Exceptionalism” the subject of its first three principles. The text’s first two lines read ...

Test Your Patriotism With The Red, White, And You Quiz

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 06.27.2016 | Comedy
Samuel C. Spitale

Sure, it feels patriotic to BBQ on our day off and light fireworks we hope won't start a brush fire, but it's little more than consumerism wrapped in the seasonal marketing of nationalism. But fear not! If you wanna put your patriotism to the test, we've got just the thing for you.

GOP Platform Website Highlights 'American Exceptionalism,' A Term Donald Trump Has Disavowed

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics

The Republican National Committee launched a new website Wednesday, asking the public to help shape its 2016 platform. The site invites users to comme...

The Shining City on the Hill

David Bergstein | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
David Bergstein

Ideological government structures, such as those Bernie Sanders is advocating, eventually lead to ruin because productivity goes down and the nation a...

Both Trump Supporters and Haters Share a Flawed Belief in "American Exceptionalism"

Mark Rice | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Mark Rice

I don't expect that Trump will win in November but I sure think he could. I certainly don't believe that some misty American exceptionalism will forever protect us like a magic charm from demagogues or tyrants. American exceptionalism is just as likely to lead to a Trump presidency as it is to prevent one.

Phasing Forward: 'Captain America: Civil War' Proves a Smashing Departure in Marvel's Big Novel for the Big Screen

William Bradley | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Captain America: Civil War is proving to be a massive popular hit around the world. And it's doing it by imaginatively knitting together elements from the dozen earlier films in the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe in ways far more reminiscent of classic long-form television.

Republicans in Arizona Strike a Blow for Conservatism by Killing Children's Health Insurance Program

Marvin Meadors | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

The Arizona legislature has struck another blow for conservatism! They have killed a program which provides health insurance to children in low income families, although it is paid for entirely by the federal government.

America in the 21st Century (Part II of a Series)

David Bergstein | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
David Bergstein

The central thesis of this series is that the 21st century will not be yet another "American Century." However, one listening to the palaver of many of the current presidential candidates could come to believe that America was somehow in decline. It isn't.

American Exceptionalism and the New American Dream

David Bergstein | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
David Bergstein

America is great, and different, but it is becoming less exceptional, and at some point in the 21st century, it will not be exceptional at all.

Don't Believe It Either

Richard Brand | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion
Richard Brand

Harry Emerson Fosdick was an American pastor. He was a central figure in the Modernist-Fundamentalist controversy of the 1920-30's. He was a very pop...

Mearsheimer on Strangling China & the Inevitability of War

Peter Navarro | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

REPRINTED BY PERMISSION OF REAL CLEAR DEFENSE As part of the research for my Crouching Tiger book on the rise of China's military and its companio...

Making America Something Better Than Great

Micah Conkling | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Micah Conkling

Besides the suspect notion that there was once some exceptional time in America's history when the country was "great," the problem with making America great is that greatness as an attribute is entirely elusive.

God's Grace, American Exceptionalism and Donal Trump

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

So, now, here we are. Trump most probably will get the Republican nomination. He will continue to be a bully and a political thug, much to the admiration of his followers. Evangelicals have shown that their love for God leans toward maintaining their view of God in a white-ruled country.

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Maybe if we stopped claiming that we were the greatest, most exceptional, most indispensable nation ever and that the U.S. military was the finest fighting force in the history of the world, both we and the world might be better off and modestly more peaceful.

3 Things I Want My Son to Know About Patriotism

Micah Conkling | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Micah Conkling

I wrestle with what I'm going to tell him about America, and I've been trying to form a plan for engaging America's history - the good, bad, and incredibly ugly -- and talking to him about being "an American" in a healthy and productive way.

Friday Talking Points -- The Knives Come Out

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The winner of the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award was none other than Chelsea Clinton. There's a word for what she is doing, and it is called "fearmongering."

Whites and the Fear Caused by White Supremacy

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

In a presentation of the theses contained in her book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, author Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. asked the mixed-race audience, "How many of you think there is white racism?"

The Myth of American Exceptionalism and the Uniqueness of America

Byron Williams | Posted 12.27.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

There is a recurring theme throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, particularly on the Republican side: "Be afraid -- be very afraid." It is enough to conclude American greatness lies in our historical rearview mirror. It is somewhat counterintuitive if one also accepts the myth of "American exceptionalism."

Violence and Becoming the Myth We Perpetuate

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

A new national narrative is needed. A narrative that admits the past national evil and lauds past national good.

Three Things That Make America American

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Margery Leveen Sher

Although calling ourselves "exceptional" kind of sticks in my craw because it smacks of a superiority complex, America is indeed different from other ...

How American Exceptionalism Is Destroying The Planet, In 2 Charts

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.02.2015 | Business

At the COP21 conference in Paris this week, world leaders met to attempt an agreement on a global solution to one of humanity's biggest problems: clim...

In Considering American Exceptionalism and International Engagement, Talk Alone Isn't Enough

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

U.S. leadership is not always appreciated and is often criticized. But I have a hunch that these countries would complain much more -- and enjoy their situations far less -- if American involvement went away.

Why One of the Richest Countries on Earth Is So Poor: The Facts that Drive the Sanders Revolt

Les Leopold | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

The United States is among the richest countries in all of history. But if you're not a corporate or political elite, you'd never know it.

Education Reform Is Anti-American

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.04.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Despite the documentation provided by Singer, Schneider, Diane Ravitch, Anthony Cody and others, charter and school choice propaganda has persuaded millions of Americans that reform is about helping children.

Could Trump Possibly Be Right: Are Legal Scholars Really Divided On The Issue Of Birth-Right Citizenship?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

The view that the constitution does not require birthrate citizenship is held by a handful of scholars and not "many," as Trump boasts.