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.
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.