Saturday, July 3, 2010

Saturday Sarah: Still slaying strawmen and also you betcha.

From Sarah's most recent facebookin':

We have a President, perhaps for the very first time since the founding of our republic, who doesn’t appear to believe that America is the greatest earthly force for good the world has ever known.

When asked whether he believed in American exceptionalism, President Obama answered, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Amazing. Amazing.

I think this statement speaks volumes about his world view. He sees nothing unique in the American experience? Really? Our founding, and our founding mothers and fathers? Really? And our history over the past two and half centuries?

Really? He sees nothing unique in an America that fought and won two world wars and in victory sought not one inch of territory or one dollar of plunder? He sees nothing unique in an America that, though exhausted by conflict, still laid the foundation for security in Europe and Asia after World War II? He sees nothing unique in an America that prevailed against an evil ideology in the Cold War? Does he just see a country that has to be apologized for around the world, especially to dictators?
Really? Is Sarah that dumb that she actually thinks that's what Obama said? Really? Or does she think that no one will notice the difference between the quote she referenced and the strawmen she transparently set up to blow over? Really? Really really?

This isn't the first time a wingnut, unable to compete in the market place of ideas, has resorted to disingenuously misrepresenting what his/her opponents say simply to give them a soft-target to swing at, nor will it likely be the last. Obama may not share Palin's extremist jingoism, but that's a far cry from not acknowledging U.S. uniqueness, no matter how hysterical Palin's efforts to spin it as such get.

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