Ishmael read does an incredible job of pointing out all possible notions that the people who were here before us are,our cause of success. Reed discusses passionately for the ideas and social behaviors that arrived in the United States of America before and after the first wave of European settlers.
In the essay “What’s so great about America” by Dinesh D’Souza, the India born author shares his experience while living in America. D’Souza first starts his essay saying “Here is a country where everything works”(D’Souza 237-238), everything from the highway sign to properly working public toilets. He also emphasized how overwhelmed an immigrant can find themselves while visiting a supermarket for the first time. D’Souza then compares America to most countries today that does not have the most basic of health care products like deodorant which “is unavailable in much of the Third World”. New immigrants and people all over the world are witnessing the lifestyle of the poor in America living well, other
In the article “The Myth of American Exceptionalism” written by Stephen M. Walt, he writes about how, in its most basic form, America is not as exceptional as its citizens perceive it to be. He breaks down the article into smaller, albeit, rather unpalatable chunks ranging from, how what we may see as “exceptionalism” is not quite unlike what many other countries feel about themselves in their own patriotic views, to the belief that America is somehow a nation ordained and led by God. Being mindful that this is just a minute blurb of the entire meat of this article, I would like to begin by saying, for the most part, I agree.
The United States of America is a young country. A little over 241 years old, America still has many more growing pains she needs to go through before the vision of the Founding Fathers can be achieved. Although the nationalism found in her citizens is near intrinsic, the shortcomings of America must not be overlooked.
What is it that makes the United States great? Or rather, as the question should be, what made the United states great. The answer to that lies in its unlikely creation as a group of intelligent, motivated, firebrand rebels forged a new nation on the principles of democracy and freedom. Our leaders and policy makers have always come from the people, where your next door neighbor can if he so chooses, run for office and shape local or even national policy. This system, for the people, by the people, is what made us great. However, as time went on and as always the creation of man began to lose its purity and beauty, the political institution began to become less an embodiment of the people, and more that of a small group of the people within
American exceptionalism is the idea that America is fundamentally different than any other nation. The term “American exceptionalism” is fairly new; it is recently popularized through political campaigns and speeches. According to Terrence McCoy’s article for The Atlantic, “How Joseph Stalin Invented ‘American Exceptionalism,’” Joseph Stalin invented the term “American exceptionalism.” Stalin did not use the term how politicians use it today; he used the term to describe America as inferior to the rest of the world’s nations, not vice versa as implied today. However, though the creation of the term was derogatory, the use today does not reflect that view. Rather, the view today implies that America is a fundamentally different nation that is
When I was a little girl I believed America stood for community, choice and culture and while those things are still true today, they have changed a great deal. I believe that the concepts of community, choice and culture are still what makes being American unique. While these concepts are not uniquely American in the sense that they are only found in America, the way that America perceives them and uses them makes them unique to us. Other developed democracies give their citizens opportunity for community, but in America it means something different. Even in times of discord, Americans unite when their way of life is threatened. We may disagree on a multitude of subjects, that often include religion, politics and race but when there is a
\Throughout the 20th century, the United States has built and maintained hegemonic superpower status. Since its birth, America has transformed from a limited constitutional republic based on protecting and respecting individual rights, to a modern day empire based on majority rule, seeking to dictate to the rest of the world. The testament of history is that empires do not and cannot last indefinitely. The graveyard of empires is littered with great powers who did not understand this very fact. The most recent empire to join this historical path to failure was the Soviet Empire, and the American Empire is well on its way. Many Americans are oblivious to this fact and think that somehow America is inherently different and protected from all of the ills that have come to other nations throughout history. They speak of American exceptionalism, the idea that America is the greatest nation ever conceived in history, the superior exception in the world; however, this is a flawed definition of American exceptionalism, and the very psychological atmosphere is what leads to the collapse of empires. America was exceptional, not because of a superiority complex, but because it recognized its human nature, the fact that it was not an exception to historical, natural, or economic laws to which all nations are subject to. This lack of proper understanding of American exceptionalism is leading America towards a collapse. America will cease to be exceptional if it joins other nations
Throughout the course of American history, how the population chose to act and react when in various situations gradually developed the idea of American “exceptionalism,” in the process bringing out both the best and worst in American society. Acts such as the mistreatment of the Native Americans showed how American supremacy came across as arrogant at times; events such as the terrorist attacks of 9/11 showed how American “exceptionalism” has the ability to bring a society together during times of hardship.
What surprised the most was how similar the US and Finland are. Since it was a different country, in a different continent I expected it to be a lot more different. Some similarities
President Donald Trump took office on Friday, January 20, 2017, he started with an inaugural address that was striking for both its bleakness and its constitutional promise of a better future. Donald Trump’s inauguration has sparked a reassessment of America’s role in the world through the president’s statements about its interaction with international institutions and its willingness to intervene in foreign conflicts. Debates about the nature of American power, and whether it constitutes a modern ‘empire’, have been on-going for decades. In the past many scholars have had varying interpretations about the idea of American exceptionalism. American exceptionalism can be seen negatively, but for others it is an empowering concept. There are
I love how you worded/described exceptionalism in your intro. It is, in my opinion, a “personal” way of viewing a topic as of their “personal” faiths. Consequently, I also believe that people’s personal faiths are easily guided by their social, cultural, as well as experiential surroundings. For someone to win an election or be a good salesman, that person must understand who they are talking to, and what the beliefs or feelings are in that area. Listing only 3 ideas to describe American exceptionalism may really be limiting how exceptional, if at all in that case, America is. I think the ideas of the writers in our class texts, though different, were more based on being different and unique. Colonies did settle for gold and the
The latter half of book is dedicated to his additional contentions on American foreign policy as found in Diplomacy. Kissinger lays out America's path from isolationism to superpower engagement and the tension between this latent isolationism and the perception that its liberal principles should apply to the world. The world order also focuses on the stance and role of US in affecting the existing world order and looking into its potential role in the future. Understanding this role and the so-called American exceptionalism wherein its domestic principles were self-evidently universal and the perception that its foreign policy was an optional activity (The US is founded, as the declaration of independence proclaims, on universal principles
Some people in the world think of America as a country only consisting of laziness, ignorance, and debt. As an optimist, I only think of the wonderful things. There are three main things that immediately come to mind when I hear the word “America”. These three things consist of freedom, opportunity, and technology. First of all, we have certain rights and privileges that make our country stand out from the rest of the world. In the first amendment alone, we have freedom of speech, religion, press, peaceable assembly, and the right to petition the government! Some countries around the world don't have half of those rights, so we should feel pretty fortuitous that we have that type of freedom. Aside from freedom, opportunity is also a word I