The Myth of American Exceptionalism Godfrey Hodgson, author of “The Myth of American Exceptionalism,” critics the concept of American exceptionalism throughout the book. Hodgson’s states that his purpose is not to ‘’minimize American achievements or to demean the quality of American civilization.” (16) He says he admires the idea of a country ruled based on popular sovereignty, equal rights and the questioning of a government that was created for the people. However, he also criticizes the concept of American exceptionality through the notion that the United States’ superiority and “uniqueness” has been greatly exaggerated by misguided interpretations of American history, as well as to warn the audience, not only Americans, about the dangers of “self-praise” build around “unreal and hubristic assumptions.” (16) Geoffrey Hodgson starts off by exposing several occasion where the idea of America’s superiority has been altered and often exaggerated by misguided interpretations of the past; for example, he remarks the interpretation of the Mayflower contract by the sixth president of the United states, John Quincy Adams, who said, “perhaps the only instance in human history of that positive, original social compact, which speculative philosophers have imagined as the only legitimate source of government.” (5) To debate the radical claim made by president Adams,
The letter is then read. Both newscasters agree that the letter is a threat to the justice department to not try and stop the merger. The second newscaster goes even further to suggest that if Aetna withdrawal from these exchanges that the Republican will use this as a weapon against Obamacare to show that it is not working. Cenk Uygur then makes a statement that in reality Aetna is using this fact as a bargaining chip. In addition he states that the merger with Humana would provide big payouts for the executive team more than it would provide financial stability for Aetna.
They have firm believes in Obama’s failure in presidency, minimizing the government and taxes, and conservative ideas, as shown with gay marriage and immigration. Although the Republican Party does, in fact, believe in more traditional ideas, as such, they are not as radical as they are represented by the Tea Party. The American population as a whole is seeing a misrepresented idea of what the republican party is, does, and
This fight or flight attitude is reactionary and exemplifies the stubbornness of the English crown to entertain our demands. All we ask is for no taxation without representation, and although Johnson argues that taxation not in itself tyranny, this is contradicted by the definition of tyranny as cruel and oppressive government that does not represent the will of the people it governs. Although Johnson holds firmly to his, perhaps delusional, belief that American resistance is futile under British naval power, he might be surprised to learn how well we can navigate our native and rough terrain unlike that of the motherland and he perhaps underestimates the spirit of the colonies and our commitment to win our just liberties, whether that victory be won, preferably through logic, but nonetheless through insurrection if
We may believe that Bush made a poor decision. However, what alternative did he have? What alternative does Obama have? If we simply say the threat is the fear of tyranny from a president swollen with power from foreign wars, we miss the perverse result our constitution has created. In no small measure, our fear of an overly powerful president waging war abroad has had the unintended result that the government has to become more powerful and intrusive because America will not resolve the constitutional issue.
Statistics are known to be biased, and his statistics are picked to justify and push this theory. Pinker doesn’t consider that his American perspective and our way of life colors his beliefs. He doesn’t mention the possibility of massive destruction of humanity in a way there could never have happened before the invention of nuclear weapons. He feels our sense of responsibility for democratizing and civilizing the world influences our ability to have empathy and compassion, become less selfish and vengeful and therefore violence has declined dramatically. People have experienced a broadening sense of community, global interdependence and our global society.
If only that type of diplomacy could have been universal and that of a calming word could have prevailed. In closing, to evaluate the impacts on the American people after the war should have been one of learning that war does not solve the problem of man, but it is a facilitator for future conflicts as there are always a winner and a loser. There is no great lasting compromise, but a fleeting moment in time that all heal their wounds until it is time to pick up their arms for the next belief that will end in
Although declaring war against Great Britain seemed to be a deadly miscalculation, and an unnecessary one, that could have lead to their imprisonment once again, the reasons as to why America went to war against the British in 1812 were justified due to the conflicts over impressment and naval superiority, the willingness to prove that they were to be seen as a separate nation, as well as the popular idea of expansion as a
This function of judicial review is not meant for specific cases but more importantly to guide the other two branches and we could say that thanks to this, the Supreme Court can actually modify laws to its preferences and interests. This is one of the main features that lead people to believe it is the most powerful branch of American government and even though it may sound extreme, we could very well say that the way the Supreme Court can declare something unconstitutional is unconstitutional
Thus, while advocates of expansionism wanted to civilize other nations, become a superpower, and improve US unity, oppositions wanted the US to improve domestic conflicts instead of involving itself in foreign affairs and should not force America’s ideals on other nations. During the Spanish-American War, more people were becoming Jingoist imperialists who wanted the US to assert its global dominance. Hoping to further US business interests and expand the Navy’s resources, American merchants, businessmen, and imperialists wanted to invest in Hawaii, Samoa, and especially Cuba. Jingoists wanted Cuba because of its vast