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  • Trump's Momentous First Year

    12/28/2017 5:32:53 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12/27/17 | David Prentice
    We’ve experienced a miracle in our day that a lot of us thought we might never see again. The conservative base wanted a consequential President; one who could overcome a combination of our country’s decline, the neutering of conservative principle, the increasingly poor economy, the leftward lurch of our major institutions, the suicidal tendencies grafted into our country by the left, and the increasing mindlessness of our culture. Trump filled the ticket as a candidate. We’ve seen his Presidency for the better part of a year. We can now say emphatically, this is the most effective first year of any...
  • These Colors, Don't Ruin: Team USA goes incognito

    03/31/2016 7:07:17 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 9 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | March 31, 2016 | Daniel Clark
    These Colors, Don’t Ruin: Team USA goes incognito by Daniel Clark The United States national soccer team put on a dismal performance in a recent 2-0 loss in Guatemala, during which they were unfocused and incohesive, and generally very much unlike themselves. You might not have even known that the USA was playing if the graphics on your screen hadn't told you so, because the players were not wearing our national colors. Instead, they wore black jerseys with patches of blue and burgundy on the shoulders. If you didn't know better, you’d have thought the Guatemalans were playing against some...
  • Trump vows to 'rebuild' military, in American Legion address

    09/01/2016 1:52:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 1, 2016
    Donald Trump vowed Thursday to “rebuild our depleted military” and ensure America’s soldiers are the best-equipped in the world as he addressed the American Legion's annual convention – and sought to rebut Hillary Clinton’s suggestion to the same crowd a day earlier that he doesn’t believe America is “exceptional.” Kicking off the address in Cincinnati, Ohio, by invoking his campaign slogan, “America First,” Trump tried to settle any doubts about his support for the Armed Forces. He called for a state-of-the-art missile defense, a “total reform” of the Veterans Affairs Department and a policy of “peace through strength.” “Nobody will...
  • Wealth Redistribution: the original "American Dream"

    08/02/2016 3:32:41 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    When James Truslow Adams invented the phrase "American Dream" in 1931, did he have in mind some nebulous tabula rasa that you or I could put anything you or I wanted to put onto it? Or did Adams have something specific in mind? What was James Truslow Adams' dream? When Adams invented the phrase, here is what he wrote: (the most widely quoted paragraph, seen everywhere around the internet) If, as I have said, the things already listed were all we had had to contribute, America would have made no distinctive and unique gift to mankind. But there has been...
  • AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

    07/04/2016 5:16:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/04/16 | Lt. Col. Bill Connor
    As we celebrate the exceptionalism of America, let us also take some time of introspection into who we are now. Have we given up our exceptionalism? Will we will remain the nation founded with God as the source of all rights and blessings? For past decade, much debate has transpired over the term “American Exceptionalism.” Two months after assuming office (and while overseas speaking to allies), Barack Obama said, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” In April 2015, Donald Trump was asked to...
  • WHY CPAC NIXED FACEBOOK CONFAB

    05/26/2016 8:04:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 24, 2016 | Deborah Lambert
    CPAC chairman Matt Schlapp turned down the chance to visit Facebook last month, telling Greta von Susteren at “On the Record" that he thought the conservative confab over political bias allegations was merely a political PR stunt after they got caught. Schlapp noted during the CPAC 2016 conference that the most important conservative message for millennials was one that stressed American exceptionalism, and an excellent vehicle for transmitting that message was the annual CPAC event with over 10,000 attendees. However, Facebook’s refusal to publicize CPAC's message to its millions of millennial users spoke volumes, and led Schlapp to nix the...
  • John Bolton’s reply to Obama’s Hiroshima visit

    05/25/2016 5:49:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2016 | Jennifer Harper
    Former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton is watching President Obama’s upcoming visit to Hiroshima at week’s end with a keen eye. Mr. Obama is due to visit the Japanese city on Friday, the first president to do so since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the site 70 years ago, by order of Harry Truman, a Democrat. Mr. Bolton, however, has already crafted his response to the visit: a public-service ad produced through the Foundation for American Security and Freedom, which focuses on national security issues here and abroad. “President Obama has made it his mission to apologize for...
  • Sanders is more American than Ayn Rand: Dem socialism will always trump free-market selfishness

    11/03/2015 1:58:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Salon ^ | November 3, 2015 | Paul Buchheit
    We've been a fed a myth about heroic individuals -- and that allows the 1 percent to prosper at everyone's expense. Americans have been deceived by the notion that individual desires preempt the needs of society; by the Ayn-Rand/Reagan/Thatcher aversion to government regulation; by the distorted image of 'freedom' as winner-take-all capitalism; by the assurance that the benefits of greed will spread downwards to everyone. Our current capitalist-driven inequalities will only be rectified when people realize that a strong community makes successful individuals, not the other way around. These are a few of the ways we would benefit with a...
  • Donald Trump Can't Hold a Wheelie Forever (Freedom of Religion and Property Rights)

    10/31/2015 4:21:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 210 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 30, 2015 | Geoffrey P. Hunt
    Donald Trump grabbed many of us with his immigration hole-shot. His all-purpose chlorine bleach burn-outs wiping out political correctness have been equally spectacular-not just for the strutting, but for calling out to the NHRA grandstand-crowd, the erstwhile silent disenfranchised majority.All Donald had to do was keep his front end under control. Wheelies can be entertaining, but they usually lead to the wrong end of a bill of sale.But no: Trump couldn't resist cracking open the nitrous bottle when he should have pinched the valve and locked it away in the trunk. Soon enough, our quarter-mile rooster will need a tow...
  • The Deadly Fraud of “American Exceptionalism” (William Rivers Pitt & the Hussein regime)

    10/11/2015 5:10:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Bill Moyers ^ | 10/10/15 | William Rivers Pitt
    Doubtless you have heard more than once the term “American Exceptionalism.” It implies, in short, that we are somehow special, different, superior. We are the “city upon a hill” whose freedoms and accomplishments set us apart. Alexis de Tocqueville coined the phrase midway through the 19th century, and it has enjoyed constant deployment by politicians and pundits ever since, because it lights a warm bulb of self-satisfaction in many bellies … and people feeling good about themselves are easier to convince. Salesmen thrived on this axiom before Babylon’s bricks were laid. For the sake of comparison, here’s something exceptional: Médecins...
  • Donald Trump and American Exceptionalism

    08/14/2015 12:28:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | Larry Provost
    Part of the Trump Phenomenon is his willingness to speak to something that politicians won’t; that America is the successor to the British Empire. The British Empire was a force for good. The monarch reigned and did not rule. The people ruled, especially as time went on. The Empire got better when it embraced the fact that it had power and that such power could be used for good as a matter of national policy such as in ending the Atlantic slave trade, eliminating social barriers in its colonies and dominions, providing a common language and promoting equality while allowing...
  • Animal Biz Uses Doggies' Love Looks to Make Big Bucks

    08/07/2015 10:46:54 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Freep | 8/8/2015 | Charles O'Connell
    The images animal-biz solicitors use to get money, are generally not of abused animals. Search for such images, you'll discover that's not what you're being shown. Think about your own experience with dogs: this is not a look of fear or sadness. This image shows a typical dog's feeling of love, affection. It is a complete misrepresentation to portray this as sadness. Animal -biz's couldn't make money with that real images of horrific abuse that you can find by searching for "abused dogs". The love-look, coupled with pathos music and an announcer's sad tone of voice, are what it takes...
  • Dog buried alive in France sparks social media fury

    08/05/2015 9:18:46 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 16 replies
    Agence France-Presse (AFP) ^ | 8/5/2015 | Agence France-Presse (AFP)
    Photos of a dog buried alive up to its head in France sparked an outpouring of anger on social media Wednesday, and police said the owner was taken into custody. The dog was surrounded by stones and her lead was attached to a sack of gravel to prevent her breaking free from the earth…"shocked and dehydrated". The 21-year-old owner … denied burying the dog, saying that the animal had run away. However, investigators said this was "not very plausible".
  • Sorry, Still No American Exceptionalism

    08/03/2015 7:29:52 AM PDT · by LS · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8/3/2015 | Stanley Kurtrz
    hen Newsweek broke the story last week that the College Board had redone its controversial 2014 AP U.S. history (APUSH) framework, the headline blared: “Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism.” That headline was quickly echoed across the web, with Slate promising an APUSH course “Juiced Up With More ‘American Exceptionalism,’” New York Magazine following suit, and Think Progress decrying the College Board’s supposed “cave” to conservative pressure. A more accurate headline would have been, “College Board Inserts Meaningless Mention of American Exceptionalism to Shut Conservatives Up: Liberals Go Nuts.” Early coverage of the renewed APUSH controversy has...
  • The New Normal and a Very New Spin

    08/03/2015 7:57:54 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 3, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    It began quietly enough. A talking head on television would say it’s unfair to expect the robust economic boom of the 90s again; we had the “peace dividend” to thank for it, and it’s not like the Soviet Union is going to fall again. Or a columnist reminds us of the invention of the modern computer in the early 80s, and then the arrival of the internet age in the 90s; such technological breakthroughs were a once-in-history occurrence; they’re responsible for the booms we remember, nothing else. Or some caller on the radio, aged and experienced, with opinions fortified by...
  • Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism

    07/30/2015 7:26:15 PM PDT · by Maceman · 8 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 7/29/15 | ZOË SCHLANGER
    The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning, after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light. More at: http://www.newsweek.com/revised-ap-history-standards-will-emphasize-american-exceptionalism-358210
  • Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism

    07/30/2015 12:38:37 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 29, 2015 | By Zoë Schlanger
    The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning, after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light. The new framework significantly pares down last year’s framework, simplifying and condensing the course’s Thematic Learning Objectives from 50 to 19, according to an official at the College Board, the nonprofit organization that administers AP exams. In the process, a new section on the concept of “American exceptionalism” has been added. Some names...
  • Unraveling the axis of stupid: How Iran deal sends neocons, exceptionalists and Fox News xenophobes

    07/23/2015 1:27:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Salon ^ | July 22, 2015 | Patrick L. Smith
    Unraveling the axis of stupid: How Iran deal sends neocons, exceptionalists and Fox News xenophobes to dustbin of history Let Know Nothings, Tea Party and Trump crowd rail against the deal. They rail against reality, modernity, history Is there a way to summarize neatly what the document the White House just sent to Congress puts on the table? My candidate is a true delight to write: This signals the beginning of the end of American exceptionalism, however long the final act may drag out. This Iran deal, sealed a week ago, makes me think of those cruises people take up...
  • UC Faculty Training: Saying ‘America Is the Land of Opportunity’ Is a Microaggression

    06/11/2015 4:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/11/2015 | By Katherine Timpf
    The phrase is just one of many that faculty were advised not to use. A University of California faculty leader-training handout instructed professors not to say that “America is the land of opportunity” because that’s a racist, sexist microaggression. According to the handout, called “Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages they Send,” the statement “assert[s] that race and gender [do] not play a role in life successes” — despite the fact that saying opportunities exist and saying that opportunities are more easily attainable for some people than others are not mutually exclusive assertions. Other microaggressions listed on the document include...
  • Proving the founders wrong

    03/25/2015 11:57:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/25/15 | Klaus Rohrich
    What if the King decides that a 2016 Presidential Election is superfluous? I am a long-time admirer of American Exceptionalism, as I understood America to be the very first society in history to recognize that our freedoms arise from something innate within us and not from the government. Or as the Founders put it, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” To this end the Founders created the Constitution of the...