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Editorial: America, Americans are mediocre; cannot be exceptional




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March 27, 2013 | 1,196 views | 6 comments

The current administration takes the idea of equality, pluralism, and tolerance to a whole new level. President Obama promotes the idea that, globally, all countries are equal. America is no better and no worse than any other country.

Obama applies a philosophy of equality to individuals, as well as to nations. As a nation, America is a country with a government no better or worse than that of any other country, according to Obama. A couple of years ago, he was asked specifically if he believed that America was exceptional. In so many words, he replied that he believes America is exceptional but only to the extent that Brits believe that Britain is exceptional or that the Greeks believe Greece is exceptional.

He also said that whatever America has to offer the world “does not lessen my interest in recognizing the value and wonderful qualities of other countries, or recognizing that we’re not always going to be right, or that other people may have good ideas, or that in order for us to work collectively, all parties have to compromise and that includes us.” (Emphasis is mine.)

Despite the fact that people from other countries risk their very lives to come here, we all know that the president is loath to admit to America’s exceptionalism. He aims to cut America down to size through policies and regulations that would bring it down to Third World status, instead of lifting up the poorer countries. Trying to tear down instead of build up is no way to achieve equality.

Playing down individual exceptionalism is as big as is playing down our country’s exceptionalism. A story that appeared in www.eagle-tribune and numerous other sources illustrates that point. A Massachusetts middle school has discontinued honors night because it is “too devastating” for those not honored. (Can’t have “exceptional” students, you know.)

School principal David Fabrizio is quoted as saying: “That way, everybody can celebrate their and their peers’ achievements.” The story said that a letter went home to parents explaining the school’s decision. Principal Fabrizio wrote that in the interest of monitoring both “academic and social emotional growth,” too much focus on grades might be harmful. Concentrating on grades, “as strange as it sounds, can impinge upon the learning process.”

Instead, students will be recognized during a general assembly for everything from grades to sports and the arts. Read that as “and everything in between,” such as awards for just showing up. Make sure everyone gets recognized so that no one feels left out.

That’s the new way of thinking. But just as no one will feel left out, then, no one will feel special either. Don’t we all want to be “special”? Despite the fact that top students may have had to burn the midnight oil while others goofed off, they will all be “recognized” and equal.

The fear of these school administrators is that recognizing top achievers could be “devastating” to students who may have had to work just as hard as the honor students, but for whatever reason, were unable to attain the high grade-point average. This is more of the attitude that we are all equal, but because we are dumbing down our goals to achieve equality, we soon will be a nation of all losers.

We cannot recognize the great achievements in this country, lest some other country may be offended. Instead, let’s just send money over there and distribute it equally in the hopes that it will be used wisely. Definitely, no more exceptionalism in America.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
March 31, 2013 6:51pm
 
Trivia question: Has there ever when a worse example of a public official than BHO? He is totally clueless. He is about as bad a leader as is possible. At least Jimmy Carter was not a dishonest liar and underhanded sneak.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 30, 2013 12:05pm
 
LAST COMMENT...insert won't after probably.....I should proofread before hitting the submit block.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 30, 2013 11:53am
 
Elections probably matter much until we have an option to replace about half of the population.

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
March 30, 2013 10:42am
 
And, I stood up and shouted, "you're dang right America can do better".

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
March 30, 2013 10:40am
 
When BHO said yesterday in a speech, "America can do better"....I just assumed he meant in the white House.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 28, 2013 11:51am
 
An exceptional country..... Largest debtor nation Largest prison population per capita 14 million on disability rolls Almost 48 million on food stamps Almost half pay no Income tax Over half of the national ... More ›

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