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Some American Exceptionalism for July 4th

I don’t know about you, but I’m an American exceptionalist. Without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.

Some, of course, don’t think that way. And some them are running our country. They think the founding of our nation went something like this:

Founding Fathers

I thought I’d share with you this piece by Oleg Atbashian, who writes the brilliant blog, The People’s Cube. He does plenty of satire, and this piece is a combination of both.

From the post, which he is running today but which was written several years ago. This is part is emphatically not satirical.

We should consider ourselves lucky that a few generations ago Western nations managed to lift themselves out of the sewer in which humanity lived for thousands of years. These nations have mastered science, arts, medicine, increased life expectancy, and developed a legal system that grants more rights and freedoms to individual citizens than any other culture in history.

The advancement is reciprocal: the more freedoms the individuals have, the better off the nation is economically. At the head of this upward movement is the United States, the first nation to put individual freedoms above the government’s interests. Placing the government in the service of the people at an age when the rest of the world viewed the people as mere servants to their governments.

The vertical map of the world’s cultures is never a still picture; they are moving along the entire visible length of the stairwell of progress. The invisible flights of stairs are still ahead of us – a terra incognita. How far up does the stairwell go? Is there an end to it? How soon will humanity get there, and how much has already been covered? If we want answers we shouldn’t be stopping the pioneers. We must celebrate them.

As for the poor bastards still down at the bottom, you may empathize with them all you want. But you may also feel a relief that at least some part of the human race has found the ability to clean up their act and show the way to other nations — and a hope that one day, with the right attitude, the others may also climb out of the sewer.

And that is what the Fourth of July means to this author. Fireworks, barbecues, and department store sales are optional.

Comrades, click through and enjoy.

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20 Responses to Some American Exceptionalism for July 4th

    • A long read, but well worth the time. Should be required reading. I’m saving the link on my desktop for future access.

  1. Placing the government in the service of the people at an age when the rest of the world viewed the people as mere servants to their governments.

    SNIP
    *************

    Communism/Progressivism views people as servants to the state.

  2. I think this was a little too ironical even for me. The sewer dwellers should take hope from their superiors–we are the superiors, of course? This country IS exceptional–but it was a fortuitous combination of timing, resources, influx of a varied population with varied skills and temperament and a genius over-arching document. But we made mistakes, one of which led to a crushing war brother on brother. But we are stubborn, inventive, passionate and I still believe, largely generous of spirit as we forge on.

  3. I read the piece earlier today and he certainly made it very clear to anyone who doubts the accomplishments achieved in this country since its foundation. Excellent piece. I looked him up and found he used to live in the Ukraine before coming to this country.

  4. Thanks for the tip, Keith. “The Peoples Cube”, great fun !
    I am not sure that he wasn´t satirical after all. I mean, look at this part: “..the first nation to put individual freedom above governmental interest, placing government in the service of the people at an age when the rest of the world viewed people as the mere servants of the government.” It used to be true, it was probably true several years ago, when he wrote the piece but I don´t think it´s true anymore.
    Barry abuses the Constitution again and again and as for his love of individual freedoms… it´s a joke. The spying affair and this ungodly manhunt for Snowden does not go well with us over here. If there is one guy on this globe in dire need of asylum it´s him and then Barry and his thugs steps in and bully everyone who considers it. The grounding of the Bolivian plane was just too much. It´s like an elephant running around trying to crush an ant. Or Davids battle with Goliath.

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