One of the many things that has outraged American conservatives about Barack Obama is his disbelief and misunderstanding of the term “American exceptionalism.”
Soon after becoming America’s first Marxist president, Obama outraged many Americans when he said on April 4, 2009, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”
The words failed to capture America’s uniqueness and the miraculous declaration by our Founding Fathers that our individual rights come from God, not from government or men and our constitutional system of government that limits government power over our lives. That is what made and makes America “exceptional” and rather than being ashamed of it, or downplaying it, or comparing it to other countries where the principle doesn’t exist, it should be proudly shouted from the rooftops.
Below are Trump’s remarks on the matter of American exceptionalism. Warning: If you’re a Trump supporter and you hated Obama’s explanation, Trump’s is almost identical, if not worse, as he doesn’t “think it’s a very nice term,” while repeating for emphasis that “I don’t like the term” several times, even stating that we shouldn’t even utter the words!
I don’t like the term. I’ll be honest with you. People say, “Oh he’s not patriotic.” Look, if I’m a Russian, or I’m a German, or I’m a person we do business with, why, you know, I don’t think it’s a very nice term. We’re exceptional; you’re not. First of all, Germany is eating our lunch. So they say, “Why are you exceptional. We’re doing a lot better than you.” I never liked the term. And perhaps that’s because I don’t have a very big ego and I don’t need terms like that. Honestly. When you’re doing business—I watch Obama every once in a while saying “American exceptionalism,” it’s [Trump makes a face]. I don’t like the term. Because we’re dealing—First of all, I want to take everything back from the world that we’ve given them. We’ve given them so much. On top of taking it back, I don’t want to say, “We’re exceptional. we’re more exceptional.” Because essentially we’re saying we’re more outstanding than you. “By the way, you’ve been eating our lunch for the last 20 years, but we’re more exceptional than you.” I don’t like the term. I never liked it. When I see these politicians get up [and say], “the American exceptionalism”—we’re dying. We owe 18 trillion in debt. I’d like to make us exceptional. And I’d like to talk later instead of now. Does that make any sense? Because I think you’re insulting the world. And you, know, Jim, if you’re German, or you’re from Japan, or you’re from China, you don’t want to have people saying that. I never liked the expression. And I see a lot of good patriots get up and talk about Amer—you can think it, but I don’t think we should say it. We may have a chance to say it in the not-too-distant future. But even the, I wouldn’t say it because when I take back the jobs, and when I take back all that money and we get all our stuff, I’m not going to rub it in. Let’s not rub it in. Let’s not rub it in. But I never liked that term.
Trump is already reeling from racist comments about the Indiana-born “Mexican” judge. His most sycophantic supporters will let this pass, as they would him standing on Fifth Avenue shooting people.
Why this video, taken during the “Celebrating the American Dream” event in Houston by the Texas Patriots PAC, in April 2015, took so long to surface, is anyone’s guess. I can imagine that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio could have had a field day with this one.
However, Americans who are intellectually honest and aren’t Trump cultists and those who were outraged by Obama, have to be at least equally outraged by Trump’s words.
h/t: The Right Scoop