American Exceptionalism vs. American Exemptionalism

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American Exceptionalism vs. American Exemptionalism
« on: November 02, 2016, 11:29:58 AM »
American Exceptionalism vs. American Exemptionalism

The solidarity of the United States formed under the tyranny of an oppressive monarchy and did so for the purposes of protecting the individual rights of each citizen, to exempt them from the same injustices they’d suffered under a king’s rule.  This philosophy alone was enough to make America exceptional.  They required no far flung armies subduing foreign peoples, no economic dominion over the fate of far-off countries, nor were they the cultural nor educational nor scientific center of the English speaking world - this would all follow as a result of the true exceptionalism:  it would follow personal liberties.  And while the definition of a ‘citizen’ was born into law, the original semantics themselves too bred to exceptions, it was the notion that people could better rule themselves than be ruled by a monarchy exempt from accountability and from their own laws and levies.  And while the definition of ‘citizen’ has necessarily and thankfully broadened we see that that corruption of power that once tempted English Sovereigns to lose their sovereignty and become too detached from reality, losing their grasp of cause and effect only to substitute force of will and weapons spurred by magic thinking in reason’s stead:  our own exceptional country’s leaders became exempt from many of the laws of our country long ago and it has only worsened with the years, spreading their corruptions to the world at large, exempt from those laws as well.  This is not exceptional.  This is normal.  This is what tyrants do, and have done traditionally, for thousands and thousands of years.

How many examples of America’s Empire thrashing and flailing upon the world stage do we need?  How many honor clad admirals and generals and chicken hawks roosting at Capitol Hill need to sell us on ‘American interests’ far from America that Americans soldiers will need to fight and die and kill to ‘protect’?  And how many wars will be enough to subdue an enemy that shadowy American leaders helped to create, and still aid by proxy?  How many Peace Prizes will make it all look alright?  How many more candidates for the office will call the bloody trail behind them 'accomplishments' or 'experience' and do they deserve Peace Prizes too?

And how deep a debt should Americans accept for the prices of these unending, unconstitutional, internationally illegal foreign wars passed from President to President like artwork and furniture, like they were a fixture of the office itself?  How much do Americans owe the world to be building so many other nations while ours falls apart from within by entropy and intrigue?  How much tax payer money will fix what so many of our criminal leaders broke all to pieces or by negligence allowed to lapse into infirmity?

Most of our leaders are not for us.  Tyrants never are - they are for themselves – each of them – for themselves.  This is what tyrants do.  This is normal.  Too normal it seems for our own good.  Too normal for some of our fellow citizens to even see the corruption in it.  And while our founding fathers were far from perfect, it was some of their expressed intent to see liberty spread to their citizenry broadly.   America was not formed to be a normal nation like so many that came before and have since:  we were not formed to conform to the failures of rulers that exempted themselves into exceptionalism, but a national that asserted in law that all of its people were equal under that law, as we are also in the 'eyes of God' so to speak; a nation that did not steal from its citizens with excessive taxation, nor raise massive standing armies that could be as misused as we see presently.  We were explicitly designed as an exception; as a nation that grappled with the often flawed laws of mankind to affirm the perfect laws of nature – for what Monarch, what tyranny, what power is exempt from them in the end?
Morality is contraband in war.
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Re: American Exceptionalism vs. American Exemptionalism
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2016, 04:17:25 PM »
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. “....if you can keep it.”, indeed.

When Bush instructed the public to keep shopping, we were in a state of comfort and promoted materialism. The internet was just blooming. A few, mostly academics, were still overseeing the government and were warning about America “flirting with the idea of empire”. That warning never caught on.

Fifteen years later, we STILL don't know the truth about 9/11, which spawned the most oppressive legislation ever to exist and launched endless wars of greed at the expense of the American citizen. This event marked the end of accountability and the beginning of secrecy toward the public. Because of this secrecy, we were left to guess at what our government was doing. CT websites flourished.

Should we ever recover from this rule of evil, may we again have the vigilance to protect our liberties. If the government is to be of/by/for the people, then we the people need to provide the oversight. The internet provides an amazing platform to prove that many hands make light work. We cannot depend on the few to police themselves.
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Re: American Exceptionalism vs. American Exemptionalism
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2016, 10:44:16 PM »
The fourth estate is dead.  Long live the fourth estate.

The corporate media houses credibility's burned to the ground, blazes spurred-on by the bonfires they'd cooked-up and spun their gruesome news gruels upon.  They'll be eating those to before too long.  The new media is now the old media; the real media: of, by, and for the people - just like our government should be. 

All the while this carnage is occurring, we're seeing a rebirth of what could be called the fifth estate, or to paraphrase your paraphrasings: the many hands that would protect liberty with vigilance.  This is not exactly the 'press' in any controlled or centralized form, just merely an informed, involved, and active citizenry willing to take responsibility for the necessities of liberty for all (namely, you and me), and the internet has simply been critical to this effort.  It could have happened in other ways, and it did in days gone by, but this information vehicle is magnitudes more effective than anything that's come before it, and it's too easy to learn how to use and get a new member of the fifth estate up and running.   

And hopefully you're correct, that this feature of the human power structure effectively following Samuel Adams directive, 'keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men', will become a static part of our resistance to these kinds of relentlessly recurring tyrannies - century after century.  There are generations of men and women whose shoulders we stand upon today to keep the vigil we have - hopefully our shoulders will serve as well.
Morality is contraband in war.
- Mahatma Gandhi