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Damn Right We’re Exceptional

In Culture on September 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

No other nation on earth has been founded as The United States of America has. No other nation in the world is built, from its inception, around the core principles of liberty and self-determination. Some nations have moved in that direction and have made great strides toward the freedom of its citizens; but that’s because America has set the standard.

There is nothing about being born in America that makes a person exceptional. Many great Americans were born elsewhere. The greatness comes from freeing the potential for greatness that all human beings possess and then rewarding the actualization of that potential. Even now, nobody does that the way America does.

No country in the world is as benevolent as The United States. Of the top ten nations in foreign aid contributions, America is number one. In fact, the difference in foreign aid given between the U.S. and the number two spot is greater than the total contributions of the last five countries on the list.

In spite of all this, or perhaps because of it, there are people who hate the America for what we are. There are even some within our own country who would apologize to the world for our greatness, as if it is the product of some immodesty to be considered gauche in polite society. God forbid that we make another nation feel inferior in any way. Rather than set the bar high for the rest of the world to strive to reach, these people would have us stoop to a comfortable level of mediocrity in the name of a false sense of humility.

By no means should we allow ourselves to be swayed by the petulant mewling of nations dependent upon our largess. Their authority to pass judgment on our sovereign nation is only that which we give them. To allow world opinion to define us is to relive junior high school on a geopolitical scale.


Oh Noes! Right Wing Zealots!

In Culture, Terrorist on September 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Tea Party media coverageA North Carolina man was arrested after posting bomb-making instructions on his Facebook page. Justin Carl Moose describes himself as an “extremist” a “radical” and “the Christian Osama Bin Laden.” Sweet, ain’t he? Moose allegedly planned to blow up a Planned Parenthood clinic and threatened to destroy the Ground Zero Mosque “Oklahoma City style.”

Think Progress, of course, immediately dragged out the 2009 DHS warning against “Right Wing Extremists” and linked Moose to the Tea Party movement because a Gadsden Flag hung over his doorway. Maybe he is, maybe he’s not… so what? Mohammed Atta was linked to Islam and, as I recall, we’re not supposed to judge a group by its fringe elements. Isn’t that what we’re told?

Apparently there’s a double standard in the characterization of any group of people. In President Obama’s press conference this morning, he invoked the First Amendment right of the Imam Feisal and the Cordoba Initiative to build a (victory) mosque at Ground Zero. In the context of that same press conference, the president described Terry Jones’ plan to burn the Koran on 9/11 as “dangerous.” The conclusion we’re left to draw is that if you want to destroy America because of its freedoms, then you have the unimpeded freedom to do so. But, if you want to exercise that freedom, you are dangerous. Got it.

via memeorandum

Radical Islam Uses Koran Burning to Fan Anti-American Sentiment

In Afghanistan, Culture, First Amendment, Terrorist on September 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Muslims around the world might not like America anymore if we burn the Koran.

In other news, an accused rapist says of his victim: she asked for it.

Afghan insurgents passed out leaflets to villagers describing Florida cult leader Terry Jones’ plan to burn copies of the Koran on September 11, according to ABC news. But this is just another verse in the song of the Great Satan that radical Islam has been singing for decades. It does nothing to change the tune.

General Petraeus himself has warned, even before the leaflets began circulating, that burning the Koran could lead to backlash against U.S. troops. I wonder if Petraeus considered the irony of asking Americans not to exercise the rights defended by his troops for the sake of the troops.

That’s not to say that, from both a social and a theological stand point (from which I speak with some authority), Terry Jones isn’t a complete ass-hat. He clearly is. But, just as Imam Feisal has a right under the first amendment to build his victory mosque cultural center at Ground Zero, so Jones and all two-dozen of his followers have the right to exercise their faith in whatever mis-guided way they see fit. That’s what makes our country what it is rather than some Islamo-Facist Theocracy. In fact, both Jones and Feisal have stated that, while they may have some regret in setting themselves on this course (something I doubt in both cases), the consequences of reversing now would be more detrimental. Both men are standing on the fringe of their respective religions and tarnishing the image of each of them.

There, was common ground so hard to find?

h/t memeorandum

Dear Tripp…

In Culture, Humor on August 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Perhaps time will bring maturity.

As long as I’m writing letters to Alaskans, I might as well add this one:

Dear Tripp, I’m so sorry.


Annoy the Left.

An Age of Wonder and Awesomely Awesome Awesomeness

In Culture on March 25, 2010 at 9:10 am


My friend King Shamus offered up a gem about the waning influence of post WWII media and the burgeoning influence that new media has on pop culture. You should check out his post but if you are really too lazy to click a link, here’s a taste:

I think our drive-by media pukes hate the new media environment because in the old Cronkite/NYTimes days, a few reliably liberal figures and institutions could shape the narrative as they saw fit.  The Great Society was a wonderful new government commitment to it’s citizens.  The Vietnam War was hopelessly lost after the Tet Offensive.  Richard Nixon was a singularly evil man and no other presidency had done the things he had done.  The story could be shaped-and shaped quite easily-when the old skool media dweebs had a lock on current events.  Pop music, movies and news would by and large reflect a basically lefty viewpoint.  Moreover, the left knew they could rely on the media monopoly to basically back up their ideological play.  Everybody came out a winner…except for the American cultural consumer, who was given 1/4 of one side of a story some hack thought was important.