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American Exceptionalism

Jindal Joins GOP Jamboree

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.26.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Last night I heard some GOP shill confidently declare that Booby Jindal would bring subsantive policy proposals "to the table" and that he'd even "been accused of being a policy wonk." Accused? Was she praising him or dissing him?

Friday Talking Points -- Bernie Sanders Shows Democrats What 'Family Values' Should Mean

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Trade deals are one subject (one of the very few left) which do not break down on party line. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are split over the issue, so it's not a repeat of the usual partisan battle lines. But it is a clear defeat for Obama, who lobbied hard to very little effect.

Two American Heroes Show Us How to Restore Our Exceptionalism

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Molly Alexander Darden

On June 6th, they buried Beau Biden, an American hero. Biden expressed his patriotism by living his ideals as a loving family man, an attorney, military officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp, an Iraq War veteran and a politician.

Swimming While Black

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

None of the official condemnations closes the case. There are too many searing questions raised by this pool-party video for it to be buried and forgotten, and it fits too jarringly into an emerging national context as new as social media and, at the same time, 400 years in the making: In America, if you're black, you're automatically the enemy.

Get Rich Quick and Bootstrap Stories Are American Fairy Tales

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
J.J. Colagrande

Once upon a time a truly great country existed -- this nation was by far the greatest land in the whole wide world -- its laws promised liberty, freedom and justice for all.

Challenging American Exceptionalism

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

American exceptionalism reflects the belief that Americans are somehow better than everyone else. This view reared its head after the 2013 leak of a Department of Justice White Paper that describes circumstances under which the President can order the targeted killing of U.S. citizens.

Marco Rubio Is Not Presidential

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 06.15.2015 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

Outside in the breezy air a huge flat screen broadcast Senator Marco Rubio's presidential announcement to the public who couldn't get inside the Freedom Tower.

The Republican Delusion: American Exceptionalism

Richard Zombeck | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

Last week I wrote about how the GOP continues to embarrass America. The consensus from the comments and tweets seems to be that one must have unquestioning and blind belief that the United States of America is exceptional in all regards, and that to deviate from that belief or question our superior standing in the world is unpatriotic.

HRC and U.S. 'Exceptionalism'

Zillah Eisenstein | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Zillah Eisenstein

Where were you, Hillary? Why did you not offer Michael Brown's mother your arm to walk across the bridge together -- as mothers, and as women standing against racist bigotry and murder? Why don't more of us wonder this?

The Selma Speech: Obama's America vs. Giuliani's America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

I wrote a book about Obama's conception of American identity, as well as his depiction of our country's values and history. Although in my research I came across countless examples of him talking about America, I've never heard him do so in as profound a way as he did in Selma this Saturday. The president subtly rejected the Giuliani approach.

American Exceptionalism: A Crowning Contribution

Blake Kernen | Posted 05.06.2015 | Teen
Blake Kernen

There's been a lot of talk lately about American exceptionalism. Who believes in it, who doesn't, why it matters and what it even means.

Connected Criticism

Martin Marty | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Quoting Amos may seem arcane and irrelevant, but it is clear and relevant, as it throws light on a perennial controversy, now rendered acute, in American life.

The Real American Exceptionalism

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

Washington is now well into the second decade of an endless War on Terror that seems the sum of its exceptions to international law: endless incarceration, extrajudicial killing, pervasive surveillance, drone strikes in defiance of national boundaries and torture on demand.

Emily Peck

Why Living In France Is Way Better For Working Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Peck | Posted 02.20.2015 | Business

The percentage of U.S. women working ticked up only one percentage point since 1990. We now rank 17th on the list of 22 OECD countries.

The Problem With Exceptionalism

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

Lawmakers in Oklahoma are seemingly in the process of enthusiastically banning Advanced Placement U.S. History classes in Oklahoma schools because they don't teach American "exceptionalism."

Getting Off Our High Horse

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Too many treat greatness not as a responsibility but as an entitlement, an inheritance that was earned for them. They fail to grasp that the struggle for our values is the prize. Take it for granted and it slips away. We will defeat enemies like the Islamic State by learning from our past, not airbrushing it.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of our article today is going to deal with Obama and his speech, ending with the snappiest portions as this week's talking points. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what the Republicans have been up to, as well as some other minor political news of the week.

Exceptionalism

Martin Marty | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

In his Dec. 30 Wall Street Journal column, William Galston makes a point that is appropriate to recall in this season and at a time when, as often before, some probably well-intentioned republican people and movements want to counter and destroy our unstable but creative covenant that makes room for secular and religious appeals and agencies alike.

Real Americans

Christopher Holshek | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

One of NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcell's more oft-used quotes is: "You are what your record says you are." That doesn't just apply to sports teams. Team America's record of late has not been of the champion of the values we say define who we are and what we're about. Our record says more about our real identity more than the one we imagine.

JFK Tried to Craft a Creative Course in Another Era of American Insecurity and Fear

William Bradley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future.

Stand Tall, America, We're No. 1!

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Like anything spoken of too insistently, recent rounds of exceptionalist comments surely reveal lurking feelings of doubt about this country, its state, its fate, and its direction (which, according to most polls, Americans believe to be downward, as in "wrong track" or "decline").

The Importance of Being Exceptional

David Bromwich | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
David Bromwich

On the whole, is American exceptionalism a force for good? The question shouldn't be hard to answer. To make an exception of yourself is as immoral a proceeding for a nation as it is for an individual. When we say of a person (usually someone who has gone off the rails), "He thinks the rules don't apply to him," we mean that he is a danger to others and perhaps to himself.

The United States of Fear: From Ebullient to Eboliant

Frank Islam | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

We need positive and visionary 21st century leaders to remind us of that and to call upon us to rediscover our American spirit and sense of resolve.

Stop the Killing

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

We in the U.S. must give up our notions of exceptionalism; recognize the economic and societal misery our country caused in Iraq; recognize that we are a perpetually war-crazed nation; seek to make reparations; and find dramatic, clear ways to insist that Romero's words be heard: Stop the killing.

The Media Covering Ebola: Fear Tactics That Play on Racial, Economic Divides

Mario Machado | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Mario Machado

Behind the fear mongering and scare tactics that have conflated all of today's hot news issues into some sort of dystopic conservative nightmare -- Ebola on the backs of ISIS crossing into the US through the porous Mexican border -- lie very palpable undertones of colonialist attitudes towards racism and cultural elitism.