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American Exceptionalism

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


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.

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.