View Poll Results: Do you believe in American exceptionalism?

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  • Yes. America is truly exceptional.

    18 27.69%
  • America is better than most countries.

    7 10.77%
  • America is better than some and worse than others.

    17 26.15%
  • America isn't exceptional.

    15 23.08%
  • Other/not sure (explain)

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Thread: American Exceptionalism

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    Re: American Exceptionalism

    There are some things that America does REALLY right. However, a lot of them are stuff we only do in theory. Our dedication to personal freedom is abridged constantly. We are all about limited government, but let them control all sorts of things they shouldn't and get away with things they shouldn't be allowed to do. (Guess who got frisked in an airport this weekend?) We also only halfheartedly pursue equality and equal justice for all. We do all these things, and we care passionately about them, in at least a theoretical sense. But we don't work nearly as hard as we could on them.

    So yeah, America is pretty exceptional, but we have a looooooooooong way still to go.
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    Re: American Exceptionalism

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    i AM proud of our country, mostly. many of our people are exceptional........and we have done exceptional things. but god has nothing to do with it.
    That wasn't a comment about YOU, liblady -- just the tendency among the reactionary, illiberal portion of the left.
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    Re: American Exceptionalism

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    That wasn't a comment about YOU, liblady -- just the tendency among the reactionary, illiberal portion of the left.
    i don't think they are many, though. they do give mainstream liberals a bad name. what makes america great is that those people, as well as right wing idiots, don't go to jail for their opinions. yet.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: American Exceptionalism

    yes, America is exceptional; especially when considering the nature of our founding. today we tend to take the advancement of representative and Liberal government around the world as a given; forgetting that it was widely derided at the time as an experiment doomed to failure.

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    Re: American Exceptionalism

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    yes, America is exceptional; especially when considering the nature of our founding. today we tend to take the advancement of representative and Liberal government around the world as a given; forgetting that it was widely derided at the time as an experiment doomed to failure.
    But isn't that just the movement of the world? After all, we really weren't first. I believe much of this has its roots in the Magna Carta. Right?

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: American Exceptionalism

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    There are some things that America does REALLY right. However, a lot of them are stuff we only do in theory. Our dedication to personal freedom is abridged constantly. We are all about limited government, but let them control all sorts of things they shouldn't and get away with things they shouldn't be allowed to do. (Guess who got frisked in an airport this weekend?) We also only halfheartedly pursue equality and equal justice for all. We do all these things, and we care passionately about them, in at least a theoretical sense. But we don't work nearly as hard as we could on them.

    So yeah, America is pretty exceptional, but we have a looooooooooong way still to go.
    I don't think my answer is up there. America is exacptional in some ways, and some areas, but not so much in others. While I prefer this country, I see no reason why others might prefer theirs.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: American Exceptionalism

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    Gosh. I wonder how the responses to this poll are going to come down.
    What do you believe that you contributed to this thread via this comment. Do you believe the poll options are somehow biased?

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    Re: American Exceptionalism

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    But isn't that just the movement of the world?
    it certainly is now. however, there have been two major nations that have been the catalysts that created that movement: and those two nations are Britain, and the US.

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    Re: American Exceptionalism

    American Exceptionalism is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The problem is, a large portion of our population has forgotten it.

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    Re: American Exceptionalism

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    While I prefer this country, I see no reason why others might prefer theirs.
    Of course they should! It's their country. Ours is better because it's ours.

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