There is nothing in politics that annoys me more than the idiotic and offensive nationalism and jingoism that is so popular on the right. Anyone who doesn’t accept their simple-minded, childish notion of “American exceptionalism” is claimed to hate the country. Here’s Rep. Steve King’s version:
Forty-seven percent of the students in college don’t believe in capitalism? What is happening America? That’s because the leftists have done this thing: they have verbal jackhammers, they have keyboard jackhammers and they are chiseling away as if they had a jackhammer at the beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism. They don’t like the constitution, they don’t love this country, they don’t appreciate the greatness of America, they don’t think of this country the way I do…
Refurbish those beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism. If we all do that, then this country can become something even more than the shining city on the hill. If we fail to do that, the left will take over and we’ll descend down into a place that I don’t think you have imagined yet and if I started to describe it I’d leave you on a down note instead of an up note.
The only thing exceptional about America, it seems to me, is that we elect simple-minded morons and demagogues like this on a regular basis. Seriously, he views the world like a 5-year old.
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