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American Exceptionalism

American Exceptionalism and Reality

Michael Drew | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Drew

Do you think we're exceptional, we Americans? You may have heard talk over the years about American exceptionalism, which is a way of considering Ame...

The Romans, Just Wars and Exceptionalism

Shadi Bartsch | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Shadi Bartsch

American citizens concerned about our military policy abroad might find an interesting mirror in ancient Rome. The Romans were pretty sure they were the good guys

The State of Our Union Is Not Strong

Kevin Richberg | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Kevin Richberg

Over a week ago, the President had the opportunity to be painfully and blatantly honest with his fellow Americans about the actual current state of ou...

The State of the Union Address -- Taking the Longer View

David Coates | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
David Coates

No politician these days gets any traction from the exploitation of bad news, unless he/she is currently out of power and, like the GOP, trying to work their way back in. Democratic presidents concerned with their legacy are not in that position; which is why all we can legitimately expect of any State of the Union Address these days is some sort of claim for progress in the immediate past, plus an equivalent case for more progress in the year to come. That, in truth, is most of what we heard from President Obama on Tuesday evening. Fine rhetoric well delivered, mildly progressive goals modestly pursued, and a strong statement of the continuing importance of American exceptionalism and American power. But just because a president cannot do a full and honest stock-taking of our overall condition, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't.

Can America Ever Regain Its Exceptionalism?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The myth of American Exceptionalism stems from the idea that the U.S. was the product of an immaculate conception -- a virgin, fertile continent bordered by two vast oceans and free of the foibles and follies of the old counties in Europe.

Why I Shall Become an American

Robin Koerner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Sometime toward the end of this year, I shall become an American citizen. A few of my European friends look confused when they realize that I go around the world expounding the importance of liberty -- and yet choose to live in the U.S.

America Isn't the Greatest Country on Earth -- And That's Just Fine

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Can we be honest for a second? It's an obnoxious thing to say. How would you respond to someone at a party who talked this way about himself? But more than that, it's confusing.

Eight Graphs Showing American Exceptionalism

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

I prefer looking at this subject from a data point of view, asking where America is "exceptional" compared to other wealthy countries where I am using the definition of "exceptional" to mean "unusual." This definition does not make a distinction about better or worse.

Bloomberg Is Going to Teach Other Cities What?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

If New York is so happy with Bloomberg, why did it just elect someone who is his polar opposite, a tall lefty? The truth is that despite pumping his own money into the system, Bloomberg has done a merely adequate job.

Holiday Blue Notes

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The holidays are approaching, but events are making it hard to get in the festive spirit.

The 'Easy' Cure for PTSD? The Cruelty of Shallow Religious Answers

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Got PTSD? If you have enough faith, if you truly believe, televangelist Kenneth Copeland asserts you can get over it, right now! The Bible tells you so. So... are you feeling better yet? No? You're not the only one.

Maxwell Strachan

15 Ways The United States Is The Best (At Being The Worst)

HuffingtonPost.com | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

We hear it all the time, from every corner of the political sphere: There's no other country on the planet quite like the United States of America. Su...

Gravity and American Exceptionalism in Outer Space

Lauren Lyons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lauren Lyons

The romantic bygone era of winning the Space Race is in the past. Wouldn't it make a stronger case for NASA funding if we were more honest about our competitive positioning? We can bash them all we like, but there is a reason countries are so eager to work with China, and it's certainly not because the they are failing.

Winners and Losers

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We've been in the midst of crass politics for three solid weeks now, so it doesn't seem that unbecoming to engage in some more of the same at the end of the shutdown/default crisis. The name of this game is politics. Here's who came out a winner, and who bears the loser label.

America the Half Beautiful

Eric Idle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Idle

Currently you appear to be almost in a state of civil war. If one party can shut down the government, then the social compact to rule is broken. In most other democracies this simply could not happen.

Time Out!

Atiba Madyun | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Atiba Madyun

Politics has become a childish blame game. Right now led by Republicans pointing fingers at everyone but yourselves, in the U.S. Congress. So We The People want you to go to the Time Out corner.

INFOMERCIAL: Introducing 'Liberty' by the GOP!* (*Some Restrictions Apply, Not Available to All)

Dan Treadway | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dan Treadway

Are you frustrated? Tired of gridlocked government? Wish this whole shutdown thing would just end? Introducing: "Liberty," the traditional word utilized by conservatives that can mean whatever you want it to!

What Reid, Pelosi, and Obama Should Say Now

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?

8 Exceptional(ly Dumb) American Achievements of the 21st Century

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Barack Obama is only the latest in a jostling crowd of candidates, politicians, and minor figures of every sort, not to speak of a raging horde of neocons and pundits galore, who have felt compelled in recent years to tell us and the world just how exceptional the United States really is.

Selling Death

Lewis Lapham | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

I count it a lucky break to have been born in a day and age when answers to the question "Why do I have to die?" were still looked for in the experimental laboratories of art and literature as well as in the teachings of religion. The problem hadn't yet been referred to the drug and weapons industries, to the cosmetic surgeons and the neuroscientists.

Obama: Every Country Is Exceptional

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

Obama never claimed the mantle of "exceptionalism" solely for the United States, but has publicly stated in the past that all nations rightly think of themselves as "exceptional."

Taking Exception to Exceptionalism

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Previously published on BillMoyers.com The historian Bernard Weisberger writes that it's time retire the outworn American creed of exceptionalism. It...

American Exceptionalism Challenged

Bruce Fein | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Bruce Fein

American Exceptionalism is not dead. Hope springs eternal. The very fact that President Putin could publish his criticism of America in The New York Times shows American Exceptionalism is alive.

Jewish Chosenness and American Exceptionalism

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 11.18.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

I have always felt uneasy with the concept. What does it mean to be "chosen"? Isn't it ethnocentric? Even supremacist?

What Makes Some People Exceptional and Others Just Accomplished?

Derreck Kayongo | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Derreck Kayongo

An exceptional life demands that one find a cause in life's journey that warrants an immediate and sincere desire to champion beyond one's current accomplishments for a lifetime of transformational living.