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American Exceptionalism

President Obama and American Exceptionalism

Ed Schultz | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Ed Schultz

President Obama acted decisively. There wasn't any jingoism going on, no cowboy talk, just a lot of dignity and class. How's that for change you can believe in?

The Strengths and Weaknesses of American Exceptionalism

David Coates | Posted 06.29.2011 | Politics
David Coates

The link between economic growth and inequality is something that conservative politicians push at us all the time. Unfortunately for the Right, the relationship between values, prosperity and power is not quite as they would have it.

The Real American Exceptionalism

David Morris | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
David Morris

I too believe in American exceptionalism, although I don't think God has anything to do with it. America is exceptional in the advantages we've had over other nations, not what we've done with those advantages.

Jason Linkins

Red Cross Study: A Majority Of Teens Now Support Torture | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2011 | Media

Over at the Daily Beast, Daniel Stone dives into a study on torture conducted by the American Red Cross. "Americans' opinions on torture seem to have ...

John Dunsworth of Trailer Park Boys on Liquor and Politics

Ben Evans | Posted 05.31.2011 | Entertainment
Ben Evans

These are some truly choice answers taken from an audio interview I recently did with Canadian actor John Dunsworth, who played Jim Lahey in the famed Trailer Park Boys TV/movie franchise.

A Redefined "American Exceptionalism" in the Age of Obama

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Clarence B. Jones

Support for Cairo and the peaceful relinquishment of governing power by Mubarak presents a formidable challenge for Obama: the future of Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.

Choosing Naivete About Egypt

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

If Americans are so "exceptional," do we need to examine whether or not the stated values of American society are being lived at all?

The State of the Union's American Exceptionalism

Cody Gault | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cody Gault

To say, as the president did, that America is "the light to the world" is to say that the rest of the world is a bit dimmer. Not such a bright idea.

Will Religious Conflicts Threaten The President's New Science Initiatives?

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

According to a Pew Research Center poll, 36 percent of Americans today say science conflicts with their own religious beliefs.

A Dispassionate Look at American Exceptionalism (Uh-Oh)

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

The US is as great as its people are smart and its leaders good. ...

What Would a Genuine Budget Crisis Look Like?

Joe Minarik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Minarik

It is not surprising that many citizens have come to the conclusion that deficits don't matter. I am far more concerned, for three reasons in particular.

Obama: It's a Darwinian World, So Work Harder!

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

It seems President Obama concluded that we as Americans can only understand the rhetoric of competition. We must struggle, produce, innovate, all in the name of greater economic power and military prowess.

The Source of America's Future Greatness

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

Rather than bemoaning America's lost greatness, we would seem better served by a conversation about what that greatness really consists of -- and what is needed to produce it.

Will We Heed President Obama's Call for a More Empathic Society?

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Rifkin

When President Obama spoke of empathy during his first year in office, he was pummeled in the popular press as being weak. What is there about the concept of empathy that conjures up so much derision?

Restoring the Middle Class Will Restore American Exceptionalism

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

What made this country exceptional in the twentieth century was the emergence of a vibrant and expansive middle class. Ignoring such a reality is exceptionally unproductive.

The Bad Faith Of American Exceptionalism

Kent Hayden, M.Div. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kent Hayden, M.Div.

If we are to be an exceptional people, it must be because we are an accepting people -- a people with the humility to include our own normalcy in our identity, and to stand up anyway in the midst of difficulties and do what's right.


Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

From time to time Americans discuss our "exceptionalism." Some think it means being better than others. But in addition to meaning remarkable or exceptionally good, it also means abnormal, anomalous, aberrant, and deviant.

Bipartisanship: Why the Obama Administration Has Been So Much Worse Than It Had To Be and Why It Will Probably Get Worse

Andrew Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Levine

Democratic spin-doctors and liberal pundits are right: Barack Obama did get enough milquetoast legislation enacted to confer bragging rights. But unl...

Top 10 Religion And Politics Research Findings Of 2010

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Nearly 6-in-10 Americans affirm American exceptionalism that God has granted America a special role in human history. Those affirming this view are more likely to support military interventions and to say torture is sometimes justified.

American Exceptionalism Is Un-American

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.

Can America Be Exceptional Again?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

We owe it to ourselves to renew American exceptionalism. The attacks from within are serious and threatening. If they succeed, the loss to our souls will be more damaging than to our pride and our pocketbooks.

Taking Exception

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Flattau

A number of conservative Republican politicians are piling on President Obama with the nonsensical charge that he has publicly rejected American "Exce...

Obama's New Theme: A Sputnik Moment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While Obama may indeed be right about America being in serious danger of falling behind on a worldwide scale, this Sputnik moment simply doesn't have a Sputnik. There is no one overarching threat.

Amanda Terkel

2012 GOP Contender Pushes For Flat Tax | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an address to the Detroit Economic Club billed as a "major economic speech" by his office, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) laid out his visi...

A Time to Give Thanks to Ronald Reagan and American Exceptionalism

Richard Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Herman

President Reagan's Farewell Address acts calls for a national unification over basic American values, which our divided nation has seemed to have dangerously abandoned today.