Mike Coffman, a Colorado Representative, recently made National news when he said that “Obama is not an American in his heart.” While dealing with the fallout from this, he released an apology where he said:
I have mixed feelings about this… No, not the Birther-allusions or the ridiclously hilarious and sad video of him repeating the same line like a prisoner of war when he was asked to elaborate on said apology.
A Pit thread about that silliness would be appropriate, purhaps.
But the concent of American Exceptionalism is an interesting one to me. On one hand, I can see why having pride in one’s nation or origin is not necessarily a bad thing. On the other hand, the concept that the USA is the most awesome place in the world seems like the kind of thing that makes the international community roll their eyes at us.
And despite what Coffman said, I can probably cull quotes from Obama that would make him both proponent of AE (when he talks about how he could not have rose to lead any other country with his background) even if his more diplomatic quotes might lend creedence to the thought that Obama is against it.
I find it also interesting that I cannot imagine a politician in the USA say they are NOT for AE - I can see such a position - even if it’s brought about purely by modesty and diplomacy - be branded as scandalous and traitorous. May as well be an atheist… Is it really scandalous to say “we can learn from other countries?”
What do we think of AE? Is it a fact? Was it a fact that is now tarnished? Was it never true and just arrogance? How come it matters? And am I right that a politician with national ambition could never come out and say that the USA is just one of many other countries, better in some ways, maybe not in others? Do non-Americans think we’re arrogant poopy heads when we talk about AE? Let’s discuss this…