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going to be. an exceptional american exceptionalism is a testimony to american exceptionalism american exceptionalism the united states is indeed exception america is exceptional what makes us except for this except. some may disagree. but i believe america is exceptional. in part because we have shown a willingness through the sacrifice of blood and treasure to stand up not only for our own merits self-interest but for the interests of all. i agree america is exceptional but what's exceptional about my country is that. we did exceptionally bad things we do it well. we do it often. we do it and no one else can. taking action and doing things without accountability that other nations cannot get away
with the standard of international norms when we ourselves do not adhere to the same standards it's something many of us take pride in the self appointed right to dominate destroy. and take control. only that's not what it's called here it's called american exceptionalism and it's been around for a long time be original meaning of it of course comes from the u.s. communist party which in one thousand twenty seven was telling stalin that they were having trouble trying to get american workers to make revolution against capitalism because of american exceptionalism nope. even further back to the beginning the true american exceptionalism i think was during the founding generations when they wanted a limited government that didn't interfere in other people's business so the phrase
has been completely turned around. so what exactly is american exceptionalism today well remember this yes we can yes we can yes we can yes. yes. that's it yes we can do whatever we want you should do what we want. and if you don't. will make you. president after president with idea of exceptionalism dominated the white house where the now white hawk fighting in the name of the war on terror a strong republican line with democrats like clinton and obama it's our duty as americans to help a humanitarian crisis through of course military intervention. how else do you get what you want.
this is why the little beast was so they could steal the. military. terms of profit. destruction. it gives us something to rebuild improve or fix even if it isn't broken. the term american exceptionalism is really nothing more or less since world war two than a cold warder euphemism for the military lobby and the powerful faction in the east coast establishment to justify wars and coup d'etat is around the world using the name of god democracy free enterprise the american way of life to justify that. that america is some kind of sitting on the hill for decades our government has found a reason to go to war. we call it spreading democracy.
the idea that the united states is somehow above and beyond other countries that it is if you will i suppose many would argue ordained by god to carry out some sort of an ideal. that's right it was our god given right to invade vietnam and iraq. belgrade. destroyed gadhafi. and now we have to help the syrians even if it means helping al qaeda the president told us and have been telling us for years let us be proud of the two and a half million young americans who served in vietnam who served with honor and distinction and one of the most better prizes in the history of nations the american people have a genius for splendid unselfish action. and into the hands of america god
has placed the destinies of afflicted humanity america has a responsibility to stand with our allies when they are trying to save innocent lives and preserve peace freedom and stability in europe. that is what we are doing in kosovo the qualities of courage and compassion that we strive for in america also determine our conduct abroad. the american flag stands for more than our power and our interests. ultimately this is not about who occupies this office at any given time it's about who we are as a country. we
as a country invaded iraq in two thousand and three we were looking for weapons of mass destruction that didn't even exist a little white lie to the un never hurt anyone. my fellow citizens at this hour american and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm iraq to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger. on my waters coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance undermine saddam hussein's ability to wage war. these are opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign. our president was looking to get rid of evil saddam
so iraqis could enjoy the kind of democracy we enjoy in america oh by the way speaking of democracy that president wasn't really elected president another guy actually won the election but this guy became president just think of it as another exceptional quality of the us of a. bush was also trying to defeat the terrorists behind september eleventh in iraq only they were in a different country we occupied two years earlier afghanistan we carry out as all empires to kind of savage brutality. that is. covered by this language of being exceptional in and of being because we are exceptional of being handed the right to walk into other people's countries and demand that they conform according to some estimates over a million iraqi civilians died in ten years of war we are still fighting in
afghanistan and have spent over a trillion dollars on both since two thousand and one we pay our levon million dollars a day in taxes to support our government's wars after world war two america had built up a powerful war machine but had nothing to do with it and so the wars began korea vietnam iraq the list goes on today the us defense budget is more than the next time are just the facts in the world put together why put all that away. we have the budget we have the bombs it only makes sense to get the booty. in the twenty first century you can't simply tell the people that you're going to go in occupy another place in order to steal their oil or in order to take their gold or whatever you have to find a pretext and what we in the united states one of the most effective ways to do that is to convince the population that what is being done is moral it is ethical
it is righteous and it is just. i have a responsibility as president the you with problems such as this before they do permanent harm to our national interests. in one thousand nine hundred nine we decided it was just to bomb. hit cities journalist bridges even ones that had small children playing on them. small villages passenger trains and embassies became collateral damage to bring down one man because he wasn't doing what we wanted once
in the hague i went to talk with most of it he had trouble understanding really why the united states was so hostile to serbia and he said to me well you know we represented too much of a socialist ideal and there's some truth to that i think but he was a convenient target. some of our targets were previously our friends we took out one market off for a little no reason in libya as well that's a reason. example it started out that we were just providing this air cover to prevent. threat against people that he had made but of course then it became let's take out kadafi so we take out leaders.
libya was another humanitarian projects you know a fight for democracy human rights. stand in the shoes of an iraqi or a palestinian and you realize how empty the rhetoric of exceptionalism is and human rights we were tacitly supporting saddam hussein when he was gassing kurds and a lot. over. when we provided satellite imagery so he could
drop poison gas on iranian troops not to mention the depleted uranium that we've left all over the place. coupled with agent. sprayed all over. and then you know i mean let's go all the way back to world war two. the olympic torch is on its epic journey to such a. one hundred twenty three days. through to some nine hundred thompson cities of russia. relayed by fourteen thousand people or sixty five thousand kilometers. in a record setting trip by land air sea an outer space. a
rhetoric of weapons of mass destruction around the world using not as a precursor to actually invade other nations when the us historically has been the greatest aggressor and user of chemical and nuclear weapons. we also work very hard to make sure the rest of the world doesn't have that. especially in the middle east while for one very close friend we've made an exception they are allowed but don't have to tell anyone. in syria we demand the government give up its chemical weapons and don't want to hear about possible rebel use of deadly toxic warfare. and this exceptionalism is all based upon picking and choosing what is in our national interest at the time when it's and i would say it's not a it's not a a major clarion. policy that we maintain across the board toward everybody it's me
and. you know we make exceptions for reference. and our interests. i thought following egypt back in the hands of the military and a softer iran all in our interest but it usually sounds more like this from the president. i believe that the people's representatives must be invested in what america does abroad and now's the time to show the world that america keeps our commitments we do what we say and we lead with the belief that right makes might. the other way around. take world war two number one take the first world war even and go all the way up to the history of almost continuous regional wars that the u.s. has played a meddling hand in since the beginning of the cold war so right up until the present with syria and that that is all justified internally under the name of
rights has nothing in common with equal rights especially for women they still can't drive and then when you hear about this latest case of a woman who was gang raped and then given two hundred lashes even though she was the victim there's something. fundamentally sick about that and us and this administration the obama administration hasn't said one word we can and must. and we will know obama is busy we don't have health care for everyone we have a national poverty rate of fifteen percent and we have more of our population in prison than the rest of the world. the us is an exceptional country but not in the way that most people think about it the us is exceptionally dysfunctional and if we compare the united states with advanced democracies around the world the us is in a category all by itself nothing really works here.
the us government is set up into branches to insure no one. too much power one of them is congress but most of the time the two main parties are blocking each other and sometimes shutting down the government altogether in fact the last time the us government came together in a. war was world war two and back then we were fighting another. word. for the.
german constitution. so while at home there is much work to do abroad there is even more. political dysfunction to explain the ease with which we go abroad to mess around with other people's lives it's much easier for the political establishment in washington to say ok let's go. we're bombed serbia let's go invade iraq i but most americans don't exactly see it that way. american politics and american foreign policy is that we're americans we can do whatever we want we're not subject to any international law or international rules that apply to other countries.
we can spy on other countries governments and even allies but most of all our own people americans. an exceptional man named edward snowden told the world this but not too many countries and most americans don't seem to mind. the american population is you know the government is very effective at propaganda so you know president obama called for this independent review of n.s.a. activities. but the director. of the board that's doing this
independent investigation is james clapper the defense national intelligence. the five people on this board all have relationships with obama. so americans are ok with being exceptional at least most of them when you go through public school when you when you go through universities you're taught certain perspectives about the united states that somehow set it apart from the rest of the world not that the united states is simply one nation among many nations on the planet but that the united states is somehow better. we all pledged allegiance to the flag and school every child every day. gratefully to the. united states and. in to me that feeling the only chance to you through those. with everyone listening. to you feeling exceptional just like you. except. i can't answer that i work for the
government the old reading age. or. are you feeling exceptional today. i believe that i think i think i think that i think united states should be made love there will be a bit of the country to go with the money for one of the big rules for. diversity. just spectating it minority rights they create and freedom freedom personal freedom one was exceptional stand out from other countries. the i would say part of the problem solving ability and a tired every man can work together to do so. and i'm. hiring they do you think make the united states. in other countries. like the place
for this. three year old to stand out is where they are just. going to get. out of that we're free and. think for ourselves freedom. are you feeling exceptional today. are you feeling exceptional today. what you think makes us exceptional nothing. some americans do not think we're exceptional they question more it would. mean children of the empire and i think when you have the establishment being so arrogant and blind to what these policies do to the rest of the world you have the entire populace being bred into this exceptional mindset where we're just completely ignorant of what our policies do and we're completely removing the taps for them which is extremely dangerous american exceptionalism has been at the center of our nation's experience for nearly four hundred years what makes america
unique politically culturally in science and industry what is the source of our country's blood and has forgotten why america is an exceptional nation and the. british the french. this is us exceptional this is still we. still don't know why. those of us who know we are not exceptional we are the exception.
a plug hat that saks would that make their lives let's call it. the first stimulus plan. the first split the people. real damage and complexity of this oil spill was not something you can grasp just by looking at dirty birds we have between four to five million people in this directly affected area of the coast and it's pretty clear why it's not being
reported because b.p. can't afford to have a reported all along the gulf coast are clean they are safe and they're open for business if b.p. is the single largest oil contributor to the pentagon the us war machine is heavily reliant upon b.p. and their oil this is a huge step backwards for democracy it's a step forward for the oligarchy carex it is toxic is a look a lot like spraying in vietnam it was and was not a picture that either the government or b.p. really wanted to have out there i don't want dispersants to be the agent on. this list.
i know c.n.n. the premise n.b.c. and fox news have taken some slightly but the fact is i admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate. that was funny but it's close and for the truth from i think. it's because one full attention and the mainstream media works side by side with you is actually on here. and our teenagers we have a different right. ok because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not hi. i'm.
you guys talk to the jokes well handled and they said ok. a. child of legal rights. to the. lives. of the young girls can hold for the future harder. between two and three hundred million guns united states so you can act like they're not here and keep kids away from them. the causes. you know i mean this teaches them a lot of sponsibility and simply come to pay through the eyes of children if we can't do it for our children for our future what is the country to save.
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