An Exceptional Definition of American Exceptionalism
At the end of President Obama’s speech on Syria and the necessity of acting against the Assad regime, he offered a most exceptional definition of American exceptionalism:
America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong, but when with modest effort and risk we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.
That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.
Let me get this straight. American Exceptionalism means “If we can stop children elsewhere from being gassed by not exerting ourselves too much, we do it?”
Sadly — very sadly — that sounds about right.
Oh, and one more thing about the end of the speech . . .
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.
I’m not a fan of what has become this traditional end to presidential speeches, but in my professional opinion, it’s especially out of place here.
If you’ve spent all this time talking about those dead Syrian children, based your speech on the necessity to act because of those dead Syrian children, and right at the end of the speech urged everyone to watch the videos of those dead Syrian children, maybe asking God to bless the families of those deceased victims of the gas attacks would have been the way to go at the end, instead of “God bless us, because it’s all about us.”