Wednesday, May 5, 2010

American Exceptionalism is a Lie

For the most part, I am proud to be an American.  And, as an American, I can with pride -- and with no lack of patriotism; rather embracing true patriotism -- critique my country when it needs critiquing.  Others -- Sarah Palin and Eric Cantor, et al. -- dismiss this as "blaming America first".  They see any critique of what our country has done or is doing as unpatriotic.  This is a cynical, jingoistic, a priori decision appealing to the lowest common denominator, and one they have made solely for political gain.  They are not willing to entertain the merits of any particular critique; for them, this is a zero-sum game.  And their position is craven.

It makes my blood boil.

More on this later....