U.S. exceptionalism

Posted Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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There have been numerous claims of American exceptionalism lately. I’d probably agree if it meant:

•  We are a country that loves democracy but thinks it’s fine to try and keep people from voting.

•  We deplore other countries when they kill their own people by various means but think it’s OK for anyone to have a stockpile of guns and to kill someone whom they think is a threat to them without fear of prosecution.

•  We practically worship anyone who makes money and believe everyone should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps but do everything we can to block those people with bootstraps from help or jobs.

•  We want people to be educated but condone usury for kids getting college loans, fixing it so they are in debt for decades after graduating.

•  And speaking of educating our youth: We don’t want them to be too educated, so we allow schools to teach things that have no basis in fact.

Yes, America is exceptional.

— Judith Spencer, Westworth Village

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