Skip to comments.What’s so bad about how Vlad impaled us at The Times?
Posted on 09/12/2013 5:08:47 PM PDT by markomalley
I was fortunate to have been mostly off the grid today and thereby missed the rage and fury about Vladimir Putins Op-Ed in The NY Times pissing all over the concept of American Exceptionalism:
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lords blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
I understand the hurt feelings. Hes doing a Cossack-style victory dance in our end zone.
(video at link)
If it were the NFL, hed be penalized. But this isnt the NFL. And our team got the diplomatic stuffing beat out of them.
We have Drew Bledsoe, Danny White and Tony Romo rolled into one quarterback running our team. (No offense intended to Drew Bledsoe, Danny White and Tony Romo, I just needed some names.)
We have a guy who talks a good game, but fumbles the international Futbol when it counts. Our quarterback can only roll left, and Putin forced him to roll right, where hes most awkward.
Cheers, Vlad, you won fair and square, were just acting like sore losers because you were better at playing the game, and our QB has three more years left on his contract and a provision that requires we play him, so were in for a world of hurt going forward.
Youre not going to see me calling for the refs to penalize Vlad for excessive celebration in the end zone anyway, there are no refs, this is a game without rules. (As the light bulbs go on in The White House and Foggy Bottom now you tell us, no rules?).
Anyway, whats so bad about how Vlad impaled us at The Times?
Did he say anything we havent been hearing from the intellectually-consistent left, as small as it might now be, for decades?
Quick, who wrote this?
The fact remains that declaring yourself special, superior and/or exceptional and believing that to be true, and, especially, acting on that belief has serious consequences. It can (and usually does) mean that the same standards of judgment arent applied to your acts as are applied to everyone elses (when you do X, its justified, but when they do, it isnt).
Oh wait, that wasnt Vlad.
That was the guy whose best bud is sitting pretty in a Dacha in or near Moskva peeling away our cyber-defenses like the layers in a Matrushka doll all in the name of our privacy, until the innermost figure will be revealed to be
Vlad with a great big smile on his face, doing another Cossack victory dance.
NSA spying on the people - exceptionalism
Federal agencies deliberately working to smother “dangerous” political thought - exceptionalism
An ever growing bureaucratic fungal mat smothering entrepreneurship and crushing all will to strive or achieve - exceptionalism
Cradle to grave indoctrination of the communist party line in schools and ever growing social agencies - exceptionalism
Elected officials getting fabulously wealthy by legislating financial advantages for themselves - exceptionalism
Companies and unions buying influence with elected officials who legislate financial advantages for all 3 - Exceptionalism
Pedophile congressmen getting away with sleeping with underage prostitutes - exceptionalism
30 million + illegal aliens overrunning the country unchecked for someone elses political and financial gain - exceptionalism
Billions in foreign aid to nations that hate us - exceptionalism
Billions spent on pipe dream green energy scams that produce no energy and drive up costs - exceptionalism
Americans RE-elected Obama. Is THAT exceptional or what? /sarc
American voters- exceptionally stupid.
Putin gave O a lesson is spreading BS and using the NYT as his “ shovel
Ready “ partner
Its easy to blather on about how exceptional we are but the picture isn’t so rosy if we take an honest look at what we’ve lost over the last 30 years.
I personally think Putin’s words should be taken as a challenge to become exceptional again.
I see your point.
Here, I think, is the difference between those two tyrannists: the KGB was selective about candidates it admitted, and trained them long and hard.
Vlad does not know the meaning of the word or what American Exceptionalism is. Neither does Obozo.
Maybe the GOP can take a lesson ...I think he is way ahead of the U.S... dictators can kill the islamist...that is what scares him...The crazies in Syria get the chemical weapons and there of to Russia...Some dictators do transition to a form of democracy...South Korea...Taiwan
Personally I am tired of bombing other countries and being told it is a humanitarian mission, when plenty of other humanitarian slaughters are completely ignored. Hypocrisy is the mainstay on this issue, which is really about natural gas and not children or chemical weapons at all. Kerry and Obama make me want to vomit with their obvious lies.
Finally if we are so exceptional why was Obama elected twice?
America USED to be exceptional. We badly need a return to honor and education.
cripplecreek, I think I understand your point but in truth it isn’t us doing the blathering but rather it is the non-exceptionalists like Øbongo. Putin is just building off of a theme that Øbongo started.
I can still remember Reagan’s “A Shining City on a Hill” speech. His unflappable optimism taught us that no matter how grim the immediacy of the moment may seem, those who could maintain the vision of our Founders and their extraordinary experiment in self-governance could overcome any obstacle, any hurdle, any hardship.
Under the deconstructionist Øbongo this nation is losing that - is forgetting the pledge of “Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor”.
We can survive Øbongo. I’m not so sure we can survive our own loss of self-confidence.
Anyone who thinks that Obama cost us our exceptionalism is a fool. Obama is a result, not a cause. Our exceptionalism is long gone and won’t return till we face that fact.
Most conservatives don’t even have the courage to utter the name Grover Norquist while they puff out their chests and talk about fighting muslims. That’s not remotely exceptional, that’s being for sale to the highest bidder.
You should read about it on today’s (12 Sept. you date) Rush Limbaugh page. He has a full transcript of what it is. I copied it for myself to study.
Putin hates the idea of American exceptionalism because he’s still mad about how the USA defeated the EVIL EMPIRE that he loyally served and wishes was still around.
Ed Luce, from the Financial Times. Where's Ed -- there he is.
Q Thank you, Mr. President. In the context of all the multilateral activity that's been going on this week -- the G20, here at NATO -- and your evident enthusiasm for multilateral frameworks, to work through multilateral frameworks, could I ask you whether you subscribe, as many of your predecessors have, to the school of American exceptionalism that sees America as uniquely qualified to lead the world, or do you have a slightly different philosophy? And if so, would you be able to elaborate on it?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. I'm enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world. If you think about the site of this summit and what it means, I don't think America should be embarrassed to see evidence of the sacrifices of our troops, the enormous amount of resources that were put into Europe postwar, and our leadership in crafting an Alliance that ultimately led to the unification of Europe. We should take great pride in that.
And if you think of our current situation, the United States remains the largest economy in the world. We have unmatched military capability. And I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality, that, though imperfect, are exceptional.
Now, the fact that I am very proud of my country and I think that we've got a whole lot to offer the world does not lessen my interest in recognizing the value and wonderful qualities of other countries, or recognizing that we're not always going to be right, or that other people may have good ideas, or that in order for us to work collectively, all parties have to compromise and that includes us.
And so I see no contradiction between believing that America has a continued extraordinary role in leading the world towards peace and prosperity and recognizing that that leadership is incumbent, depends on, our ability to create partnerships because we create partnerships because we can't solve these problems alone.
That was then. This is now.
Previous shills for Russia writing in the NYT were on the NYT payroll. Some were also on the KGB payroll, but I digress.
“Putin hates the idea of American exceptionalism because hes still mad about how the USA defeated the EVIL EMPIRE that he loyally served and wishes was still around.”
That “evil empire” has taken and held our White House for five years, and I’m not even joking. We aren’t exceptional; we’re being led by people who still believe communism can work (regardless of the evidence all around them). We’ll have unemployment of 90% before our communists re-think their strategy; in the meantime their Soviet-style war against Christianity is quite successful.