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American Exceptionalism

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: cli...

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 10.16.2015 | 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.

Revoking 14th Amendment Birthright Citizenship: The Ultimate in Voter Suppression

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Presidential candidate Donald Trump and several of his Republican competitors have now endorsed the notion of doing away with the very first sentence of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

American Exceptionalism

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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The Donald's 'Inclusive' Racism

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Robert Koehler

As far as I can tell, Trump is the unapologetic standard bearer of late-stage, theater-of-the-absurd American exceptionalism. He directly addresses the prerequisite for national identity: an enemy. Someone to hate. Someone to fear. This is nationalism; this is Republicanism.

Whitewashed History Is Unpatriotic

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

"All lives matter" is a trite rejoinder to "black lives matter" and diminishes the ugly reality of racism. It is a classic and childish false equivalence. Of course "all lives matter." But white lives have never "not mattered."

Republican Debate Shows Delusional Sabre-Rattling Foreign Policy

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Republican Party doesn't seem to understand the fact that threats to the United States originate from the actions of human beings. These human beings resort to violence when they are marginalized by society to the point where they believe that the only way to better their country is to work around the democratic system through violence.

The Conservative Playbook -- A Romantic Fantasy

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Nelson

Racism, child labor, poverty, gender inequality and homophobia are not phenomena of the 21st century. They are our history. Over the past 5 or 6 decades the doors to these parts of our reality were kicked open and folks like those in Monday's focus group and forum audience don't want to look.

Conservatives Hate America Too

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.16.2015 | Media
Dale Hansen

Looking to fill time during a slow news week, the good folks at Fox and Friends devoted multiple segments of their July 9th show to Ariana Grande's "I hate America" comments. The conversation fit nicely into the Fox News narrative.

Yes, Washington: Accepting American Exceptionalism

John K. Herr | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
John K. Herr

Alas! how dreary would be the world if America were not exceptional. It would be as dreary as if there were no Washingtons. There would be no torch of liberty, no shining city on a hill, no Channing Tatum.

Too Many Think American = Christian This 4th Of July

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Religion

(RNS) We’re gung-ho for the idea that the U.S.A. has a special status with God, and we’re almost always proud of our nation. But a new survey f...

Absolute Power

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

God bless America. Flags wave, fireworks burst on the horizon. Aren't we terrific? But this idea we celebrate -- this nation, this principled union of humanity -- is just a military bureaucracy, full of dark secrets.

Considering the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 07.02.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Superpower by Ian Bremmer is a succinct book which considers the future of American foreign policy. But what path should the world's only superpower choose? And why does this matter?

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.