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From The Termite @ Daily Kos: Yes, I DO give a damn what the rest of the world thinks!

I'm sitting here with goosebumps on my arms as I read accounts of Obama at G20, and I want to share my enthusiasm with you.  Will you join me in reflecting here for just a minute?

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This "American exceptionalism" is rationally and morally bankrupt, and President Barack Obama is ushering it out.  He is ushering in a new era of American exceptionalism which is based on the understanding that we must always be willing to examine ourselves, our actions, and their consequences to ensure that they are worthy of us.

What is exceptional about us isn't our destiny.  If we understand anything from our current state of peril, it's that our destiny is a work in progress, and we can still fuck it up mightily.

Our power isn't what's exceptional about us, either.  We have begun to understand our vulnerability, and we have rejected the charlatans who've promised to keep us safe by stripping away our freedoms.

What is exceptional about us is how we choose to bear the unique burden of simply being The United States of America.

by Magnifico on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 05:31:17 PM EST
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