American exceptionalism. That seems to upset Vladimir Putin. Good. In his op-ed in the New York Times last week, he said:
And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.
In this letter, Putin is behaving like an emotionally abusive partner who is trying to control someone. A man will tell his wife or girlfriend that she’s not special, no one will ever love her like he does, she has nothing to offer anyone else, who would want her if he wasn’t with her? That way she becomes emotionally dependent on him and her self-esteem falls so far that she won’t even attempt to leave him. Now he controls every part of her life. Obama’s best bud Oprah has signs of an abusive man on her website. Number 14 is: “He makes you feel like you’re not good enough.”
Putin wants us to feel bad about ourselves, to think we aren’t exceptional. He’s trying to use guilt and shame to manipulate us. He’s seen liberals fall for it every time Obama utters it. He thinks an open letter to us will somehow make us upset that he thinks we’re not nice people. Gosh, we better just crawl into a hole and bury our heads in shame. Putin doesn’t think we’re exceptional and we should be ashamed to think we are. Wouldn’t you love to be his kids? What nice motivational speeches he would give.
Putin talks about other countries being equally important and special. Sure, they are just as special in that they have their own cultures and beliefs and we should all respect each other in those areas. However, whenever they have big problems, they ask us to come to the rescue with money or troops. If we don’t offer first, then we get hammered because we are special and able to help and yet are refusing to help. If we step in to help in a situation, then we get accused of thinking we’re the world’s police. If we say, “Fine, we’ll just stay out of the way and worry about our own country,” we get accused of being isolationists and not caring about the world as a whole. We can’t please anyone. So why worry about what others say or think about us. It’s all manipulation on their part anyway.
One of the things I do know – we ARE exceptional. And you want to know WHY we’re exceptional? Because we have the 2nd amendment that was put in place to make SURE that politicians and dictators understand they are NOT the ones who are exceptional but that it is the American people who are. And anyone who thinks it’s dangerous for us to think we are exceptional is simply showing that they are afraid of us and that we are a danger only to them. Good. Let’s keep it that way.