2008 July 05 Saturday
Dennis Dale: America Is Not The Answer

We are led into false beliefs about our nation by ambitious people who seek to harness us in their pursuit of their goals.

America is not the answer. This statement does not constitute sacrilege, as we've been conditioned to believe. Yet its opposite assertion, the prevailing sentiment of our times, is taken for granted and only rejected by the remnants of the sixties radical Left who haven't yet gone mainstream, mad or over to the neoconservative Right, where the business of quasi-religious global revolution, still, is so much better.
But this sentiment, that American values and institutions, that is to say America, are the answer to the ills of the world, is sacrilege in the literal religious sense, as well as loosely speaking--against decency, good sense, modesty, those tragically under-appreciated values that compel us to, for instance, recognize the rights of nations to self-determination and liberty. This widely held if little examined faith works through the same means of cultural intimidation as political correctness--is becoming intertwined as an article of political correctness--and is how liberal interventionists and neoconservatives alike have become the useful idiots of adventurous practitioners of machtpolitik--Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush, et al. It's illustrative that there's not an ideologue in this unsavory triad.

We have become incapable of recognizing the tragic pride of this attitude. This, the closest thing we have to a national religion, is a faith that cannot rise to the level of religion because it requires nothing of us--other than nodding, unthinking acquiescence to power. It combines the worst aspect of religiosity--resistance to contradictory reality, with the worst consequences of secularism--immodesty, intellectual and moral sloth, decadence. We forget ourselves.

Read the whole thing. By saying that America is not the answer we actually defend America from people who would turn our republic into an empire. We can not maintain an internal republic and an external empire. They are not compatible. Liberals and neoconservatives both promote American exceptionalism as an argument for remaking the world. Patriots should hear these calls with skepticism.

Update: I am reminded of a quote from John Adams:

Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 July 05 11:47 AM  Cultural Wars Western

HellKaiserRyo said at July 5, 2008 2:09 PM:

I thought liberals are America haters. I thought they wouldn't be the ones promoting American exceptionalism as they love the "European bogeyman" to quote Krugman.

Randall Parker said at July 5, 2008 2:49 PM:


Clinton bombed the Serbs. Liberals develop a different vision of American power once they have their hands on the controls.

Also, the Jewish influence on the Democrats results in a policy toward Israel that requires a big inconsistency. Suddenly we are with Alice in Wonderland imagining all sorts of impossible things before breakfast.

Stephen said at July 6, 2008 1:08 AM:

This nonsense of American Exceptionalism is classic Reich-like propaganda. The susceptibility of the population to such propaganda should never be underestimated because it finds easy accommodation in every unquestioning person's needing to lash out against his or her own mediocrity. It allows the State to make an enemy of any nation or individual who happens to have a more liberal perspective.

Randall Parker said at July 6, 2008 8:52 AM:

You think opposing exceptionalism is a liberal impulse? Really?

Agree that the exceptionalism caters to people who want to feel they have higher status and higher capabilities.

Stephen said at July 6, 2008 4:38 PM:

I use 'liberal' in the manner it is used in the rest of western world. That'd be the same way it was used in the US until around Reagan's time.

Stephen said at July 6, 2008 4:39 PM:

In fact, perhaps 'liberal' was one of first targets of American Exceptionalism propaganda.

Randall Parker said at July 6, 2008 4:51 PM:


The American left grabbed the term "liberal" a lot sooner than the 1980s.

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