recently penned and posed some fakebelieve memes - kinda like the old trick question shared by airborne cats re: night jumps - "Uh, how many canopy lights are there?"
Evidently - for realpolitikers and their semi spiritual isolationist wishful thinkers - American Exceptionalism is as provocatively dangerous as parking an M1 panzer in the courtyard of the Golden dome thingy in N'Jaf, while the crew stops to pop the top and take a leak.
The obvious flaw in the ointment is the ancient pre911 idea that everything is equal. Moral equivilance or moral relativism - thus nothing is truly worth indepth analysis or stalwart defense or ruthless offense.
In the diplopolititary - nation states like Australia and Pyramidland are considered exactly the same, and should be regarded as equals. Nothing is truly good or bad - all depends.
Americans do not regard everything as equal - Americans use the old tried and true "Which one of these things is not like the other"
Simple - but not simplistic - this understanding annihilates every 'problem' with American Exceptionalism Dr P pontificates about.
"...American Exceptionalism encourages the mistaken belief that American values and political institutions, because they are deemed superior to anyone else's, will be readily accepted and understood by non-Americans.
LOLZ! Uh, yessir, well see - Great Satan's values and polity ARE superior - by any measure of endeavor. Non Americans totally get it - indeed - Great Satan is still the destination of choice for millions, if not billions of ppl suffering under autocrazies, despotries and intolerant, illegit, unelected 'leaders' that lose every war they start and deliver ZERO services for their citizens. "Oh, if I could only get to America"
The 'Weenie Hut Juniors' style boring asseted 'worrying about the wrong thing' meme - aimed at the 'indespensible' cool kids - does have several funintended consequences though!
"...It makes it difficult for Americans to see the negative sides of what many non-Americans see, fairly or unfairly, in the United States. It thus is difficult for Americans to understand anti-Americanism.
Whoa - carebeful Doc! - Kinda making the old daemoneoncon point about propping up despots in the world in search of the ancient Corrupt cult of Stability? Sweet!
Thug hugging should ideally be sweetly hooked up with unbridled democrazy promotion - unyeilding and constant - until pitiful client states make the move to a fully functional democrazy. A fair point - though it's doubtful Dr P meant it as such.
Americans totally understand foreign antiAmericanism. And, as best understood - Americans simply do not give a flying flak what other nations think.
Americans can hardly be held responsible for the failure of nation states in unfree lands - where literacy rates are underwhelming and infant mortality rates soar, where Mother's Day is considered as unGodly as St Valentine's day - all led by corrupt Royalty in Ray Bans or military Presidents For Life - fully crunk with censored media, secret police, secret courts, secret trials and secret executions.
Or Europa dementia in remembering stuff like Stukas, Sickleschnitt or Sturmsoldat.
Great Satan's inclination to do right has been virtually unique among the nations of the world - and for this reason has often been totally misunderstood. After all - how can a country so hot, so rich and so successful actually be so unselfish and caring?
Great Satan must have darker plots, she must be prepping to destroy m"Hammedism, seeking to create an empire, to dominate everyone else, to gobble all the oil or trade, xform all the world's girls into hoochies or whatever for our own selfish purposes.
More grasping, less idealistic (unexceptional - nicht wahr?) societies simply find it impossible to accept the happy fact that Great Satan honestly believes in free choice. That giving everyone opportunity is THE recipe for abundance and happiness everywhere - not just for us.
Americans also believe what Uncle Tony codified as ensuring everyone's freedom is the best guarantee that Americans can keep theirs. Great Satan does not want to dominate the world, she only ventures out to redress errors, stop unacceptable behavior, challenge threats to our nation and our liberty. When she settles the issue - Americans want only to get home and continue to build this awesome City on a Hill.
"...All of these tendencies have gotten the United States into trouble—sometimes deep, very expensive trouble—and could do so again.
Au contraire herr doktor! All of Great Satan's tenacious tendencies have actually gotten other nation states and unelected regimes into trouble! Deep, very expensive trouble indeed! Like Imperial Nippon, NSDAP time Deutschland, Fascist Italia, Soviet Union, Taliban Afghanistan and Ba'Athist Iraq.
Pic - "Great Satan is magically delicious!" with Miley