I think a lot of people on both sides of the aisle misinterpret American Exceptional-ism. Being the melting pot of the world, we have incorporated a lot of values from a lot of cultures into one society. What brought about American Exceptional-ism was the freedom to take the best aspects of every culture in the world, mesh them into our society and thrive from the benefits.
That does not mean that a person born or living in America is automatically more exceptional than any individual in any society any where. But, as a function of the freedom that is recognized by the Constitution, we have been able to excel free from the bondage of over bearing governments.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
I'm a nationalist, I don't think it's a bad thing, and as long as you don't tie anything else into nationalism, like race or religion, it's not a bad thing at all.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
As far as I am concerned any ideology based off attachment to an artificial identity is a bad thing.
"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran
We should define what extreme is. It's not bad for a country to create a national identity. It's not bad for a country to advocate national unity as a value. That's good because it allows for political cohesion. However when a country advocates cohesion at the cost of say.... a few thousand lives, that's extreme. Nationalism doesn't truly become extreme until people start dying as a result of it.
Last edited by Hatuey; 12-29-10 at 01:23 AM.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK