Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin rattled the cages of the American psyche when he argued in a September 11, New York Times op-ed that “it is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.” This caused quite a visceral reaction, particularly from Democrat Senator Robert Menendez, Republican Senator John McCain, and former GOP Senator Jim DeMint, now the President of the Heritage Foundation.
As is often the case these days, Putin was the adult in the room, whereas his critics were, well, not adults. Putin is absolutely right about American Exceptionalism. Not only is it dangerous, but it’s not even real. Want to know why it isn’t real? Here are the top five reasons:
1. Addiction to Materialism
There’s a reason why Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign slogan, “it’s the economy stupid!” so tremendously resonated with the people: Because Americans are concerned with their standard of living above all else, including their own families. A bigger house, a fancier car, the latest gadget from Apple – these are all the treasures where American hearts lie.
This addiction to materialism might have been understandable in a previous era where famines were too often frequent. But we in the United States do not live under such dire conditions. We live in the era where serving your God, your spouse, and your children is secondary to more stuff. There is nothing exceptional about this unless you think appealing to one of the lowest common denominators of humanity is “special.”
2. Adherence to equality
Let’s get back to the response to Putin. There was an argument made by Amy Payne of the Heritage Foundation that should cause any person with more than a highschool education to drop their jaws like Bugs Bunny:
“Yes, all humans are created equal—but not all nations are created equal.”
Are nations composed of humans? Yes. That’s every nation, right? Right. Captain Obvious, what say you? Captain Obvious: If all humans are equal, than all nations are equal. And if all nations are equal, than that means no nation is “exceptional.”
If that was too hard to grasp, then think of it this way: The United States is composed of humans. Every other nation is also composed of humans. If all humans are equal, and if equality means sameness (which it does), than no nation of humans is exceptional, or unique, or special. Ergo, the USA is not exceptional. Even one of its founding documents says, “all men are created equal,” which means all humans are exactly the same.
3. Hostility to Christianity
Since conservatives are the ones who preach the mantra of American Exceptionalism, and since the far majority of conservatives are Christians (or at least are friendly towards Christianity), how can it be that America is exceptional when Christianity has been purged from the public sphere over the last 50 years? Russia teaches Orthodox Christianity in its public schools, America doesn’t. America is not a Christian nation.
Here’s the kicker: With the exception of the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, there are zero mainstream conservative organizations that even champion America as a Christian nation. Even if we assume that America should “return” to being a Christian nation, the promoters of American Exceptionalism in the Beltway don’t care about that. They’ll write molasses essays on the wonders of “religious freedom” before lifting a finger to defend Christianity. They’d be perfectly happy with a nation of atheists as long as those atheists supported tax cuts for George Soros and Sheldon Adelson.
4. Manufactured heritage
For “truths” that are supposedly “self-evident,” enough ink has been spilled explaining “what the Framers ‘really’ meant” to fill up the Great Lakes. On 760 WJR here in Detroit, which carries Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin, I keep on hearing these ads from Larry Arn, the President of Hillsdale College, fruitlessly trying to explain the intentions behind the “all men are created equal” line.
Question: If your nation’s “heritage” requires that much intellectual justification to explain, is it really a heritage at all? Of course not. It’s a manufactured heritage through and through. There’s nothing organic or real about it. The Russians have an organic heritage. The Japanese have an organic heritage. Most nations around the world have an organic heritage. The United States, on the other hand, was founded on abstract, ivory tower ideas. And non-sensical ideas at that.
The traditional American majority does not have any racial pride. We do not have any ethnic pride. We don’t have any religious pride (scattered communities notwithstanding). Whites will soon become a minority in this country and will have it lorded over us by those like Barack Obama who are out for revenge. Most whites don’t care. Christianity is on the decline. Most whites don’t care.
If the historical majority of any nation doesn’t care about preserving something as natural as its own people and its own faith, than that nation is not exceptional. Ideas do not make a nation exceptional, for ideas can be adopted by anyone. The success or failure in the adoption of those ideas is irrelevant. If another nation swears by freedom and equality, than one nation alone cannot possibly be exceptional based on its “adherence” to those concepts. To rephrase Milton Friedman: Is there some first world society you know that doesn’t swear by equality? You think Norway doesn’t swear by equality? You think Britain doesn’t swear by equality? What is equality?
Today in 2013, the apathy of the White majority extends beyond the core foundations of blood and faith. There’s no desire to preserve any kind of unique American culture. Even if you divorce culture from its ties to blood and faith, how can your nation be exceptional if its citizens don’t want to preserve a common culture? You can’t even turn around and claim that America’s embrace of multiculturalism makes this country exceptional, because every European nation also embraces multiculturalism (the rise of nationalist dissent notwithstanding). So even if multiculturalism was good, it’s not unique to America.
You might be wondering, “Poole, what’s the point of all this America-bashing from you other than to be an emo?” The point is two-fold:
- Challenge peoples notions of what it means to be an American.
- Encourage the traditional majority to drop the pretenses, none of which hold up under scrutiny, and to work towards a future beyond the United State of America.
What future would that be? Well, lets put it this way: In the aftermath of Obama’s reelection, a small minority of Whites in all 50 states were onto something. They were ruthlessly smeared by Conservatism Inc. for wanting to “give up their American citizenship,” to say nothing of the liberal hysteria. But their sentiments are exactly the kind of sentiments needed to work towards a secure and successful future for the founding stock of Western Civilization here on the North American continent.