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Why is America exceptional?




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May 23, 2014 | 4,546 views | 37 comments

'It is not a brag or a boast. It's a fact,' AMAC
president Dan Weber said in a Memorial Day message

WASHINGTON, DC, May 23 - "It's politically incorrect in some circles these days to talk of American Exceptionalism. Nonetheless, we should wear that moniker with pride each and every day. But, it is particularly appropriate to wave the flag when celebrating patriotic holidays," Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, said in a Memorial Day message.

Weber described the claim as a "statement of pride" based on the country's history of achievement. "It's not a brag or a boast. It's a fact that, unlike any other nation on the planet, America is a true melting pot, a safe haven for people of all nationalities. They came here to help themselves and their families but wound up helping to create a nation that became the envy of the world."

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the idea of American Exceptionalism a "dangerous" notion in a New York Times OpEd not long ago. "It certainly proved dangerous for Putin's old Soviet Empire, which crumbled when Ronald Reagan, standing not far from the infamous concrete and iron curtain that divided the city of Berlin, shouted: 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall'," Weber said.

The irony, he noted, is that the term is said to have been coined by Putin's most notorious Soviet predecessor, Joe Stalin. The story goes that when a communist agent informed Stalin that the people of the U.S. were opposed to the principles of socialism, the stiff-necked dictator vowed to expose what he called the "heresy of American Exceptionalism."

The AMAC chief suggested that "the sluggish economy, the litany of foreign policy failures, the scandals that have plagued our leadership in recent years have had a depressing influence on the nation. But, we've faced hardships before and have come away stronger and prouder. And so it will be this time around."

Weber urged his association's 1.2 million members and all Americans to take heart this Memorial Day from the words of President Reagan:

"The greatness of America doesn't begin in Washington; it begins with each of you-in the mighty spirit of free people under God, in the bedrock values you live by each day in your families, neighborhoods, and work-places. Each of you is an individual worthy of respect, unique and important to the success of America. And only by trusting you, giving you opportunities to climb high and reach for the stars, can we preserve the golden dream of America as the champion of peace and freedom among the nations of the world."
 
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squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
June 10, 2014 5:48am
 
4th Generation Texan. Are you a member of the International Concatenated Order of the Hoo Hoo, Inc. ?

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 8, 2014 5:30am
 
Blackhorse.....You omitted the WCN Smack Down link. :-)

 
BlackHorse  
Next Door  
June 7, 2014 10:53pm
 
Dang IT! new computer... I posted on the Berdahl topic. Anyways, I think inalienable rights apply after the hoo hoo horizon. That being said it is further expounded to this day. Often referred to as the list of "Thou ... More ›

 
4th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Spriungs  
June 7, 2014 10:17am
 
Everyone comes out of a hoo hoo and that's the only thing equal about being born equal.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 5, 2014 10:33am
 
Be Careful....Being created equal only insures the same starting point. :-)

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
June 5, 2014 9:12am
 
Not sure our forefathers were into equality and social justice in the sense that the current world discussion evolves around. However, "all man being created equal" settles the equality issue. I think the bill ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 5, 2014 5:22am
 
Be Careful. @ 'we will continue to be beaten about the head and back down a path of concentrated wealth and political power to the oligocracy' Sounds like a clarion call for equality and social justice. LOL

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 5, 2014 4:43am
 
Be Careful. @ 'not knowing your history is not only boring but ignorant' The Bonus Army got what they deserved. The promised pay was scheduled to be paid in 1945. They attempted to extort an early payment by breaking ... More ›

 
4th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Spriungs  
June 4, 2014 11:04pm
 
Prairie served with the Salvation Army

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
June 4, 2014 7:01pm
 
Prairie, Did you serve with the Bonus Army? Did they get what they deserved? Anyhow, the Republic whether it was giving blacks a 3/5 vote or only property owners should be able to vote has been served by special interest ... More ›

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