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Sorry, Republicans, but America's Not So Exceptional Anymore

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Ever go to a high school or college reunion where middle-aged people unhappy with their lives try to relive the glory days?

That's kind of what's happening in this year's presidential campaign. At the Republican National Convention, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice made an impassioned case for American exceptionalism, which she described as "a belief in opportunity and a constant battle—long and hard—to extend the benefits of the American Dream to all."

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Vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan followed that up by recalling earlier days when he used to wait tables or mow lawns for a few bucks. "I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself," Ryan said. "That's what we do in this country. That's the American Dream."

For Mitt Romney, the GO


Added: Sep-6-2012 Occurred On: Sep-6-2012
By: MB-UK
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    • @uschairforcesgt At least in the US you can still call a spade a spade. The UK polizei would toss you in the slammer for a year.

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    • @TheEvilDead Which is fucked up and needs to be fixed. Along with their bike lanes.

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  • The whole "rah rah we're the best" rhetoric is the reason for the downward slide.

    There's no better way to stop learning than to think you know it all, already.

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  • Take our minorities and liberals and they can ruin any country, including yours.

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  • Pretty good article... Straight forward, to the point... Intelligent...

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  • Obviously it's Obama's fault.

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  • Chicago Hot Dogs are way past "not too shabby".

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  • Yeah, as if things are any better in the crumbling EU.

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  • As much as I agree with this article, America is still the #1 place for any person with money and or education to immigrate too. America is great but unfortunately it's being destroyed by both parties.

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    • @MrG It's all peaks and valleys. Right now, we're in a bit of a valley. Obama took over a bad deal, but he really fucked it up right at a time when Americans were so ready to just get to work. He just went bat shit nutty on the class warfare, race divisions, attacking everyone and anyone, blaming Bush every 2 seconds...Just blew it. Big time. Time to pull out of the valley and elect Romney.

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    • @yorba Yes, elect Romney, a man that will continue what Bush started. You Republicans just can't handle the truth. You're so blinded by your loyalty to a party that hates you. If you're not a millionaire, they view you as a dirty peasant!!

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  • On the one hand, MB-UK in the UK says the U.S. is not exceptional.
    On the other hand, MB-UK spends his days uploading anti-American videos.
    Two conclusions: MB-UK's a hypocrite, and MB-UK is insanely jealous of the U.S.

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    • @MB-UK Is there any particular reason that so much of your stuff is all america hate?

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    • @MB-UK Oh, the muji's have. Believe that. I've been in the front row for a few of those fights.

      I was just curious about the overall trend of what you normally post. Some people do take thing too seriously and it turns into a never ending crusade. Sometimes they have a reason for it.

      In the case of the muji's, they make their reasons pretty obvious. They just hate everyone who isn't them. So meh. But a brit always going after the US gets me curious. Is it politics like some of the others on he More..

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    • @MB-UK You're right, I should address the post subject. Ok, but I'm not going to read it since I know what it says. It was generated by the leftists a while before you got a hold of it, so I heard the main gist of it.

      I'll sum it up. It's bullshit. It's hopelessness. It's apathy. It's why try because we can't do anything.

      I don't buy it. What the republicans, which I do not wholly agree with on everything, are saying, and it's very simple, is that America was great once, and it can be again. T More..

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    • @NinjaChinchilla Actually, the top educated Americans are actually visible minorities. Chinese, Indian, Pakistani... Those are the people ranking highest in the US education system. That is a fact. I hope this doesn't crush your narrow minded view of the US.

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  • republicans often harken back to a time that never existed.

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  • Still better than anywhere else in the world :)

    Poor, jealous, bitter, british troll...LOL!

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    • @thinkslaughter Why are Americans moving to Canada in record numbers? All you see in the Greater Toronto Area is American license plates. You're now Canada's Mexico. FACT!!

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  • An excellent article and food-for-thought for all western nations. An culture that rewards excellence today instead of rewarding wealth earned yesterday will beat all.

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  • God Hates Evil Conservatives

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