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We're unique. We're special. We're the great hope of mankind. That's why terrorists seek to destroy us -- because they fear and detest our freedoms and realize those freedoms eventually will be spread everywhere, because freedom is the only idea that really works. Their idea, a Muslim caliphate, has already been tried and has already failed.


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Canada is already the largest supplier of oil to the U.S. Plus, tar-sand deposits in Alberta contain an estimated 1.6 trillion barrels of oil. Surely Halliburton would love to get its greedy hands on that. It's there, with nothing but an undefended 4,000-mile border between it and us.
This cracks me up. I didn't realize that we received so much oil from Canada. Why in the heck didn't we invade Canada at least then the war could really be about oil.
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We're unique. We're special. We're the great hope of mankind. That's why terrorists seek to destroy us -- because they fear and detest our freedoms and realize those freedoms eventually will be spread everywhere, because freedom is the only idea that really works. Their idea, a Muslim caliphate, has already been tried and has already failed.

There's no historical precedent for the idea of the United States. But when our great grandchildren sit down to write history, our ideas will seem so elemental they'll say, "Why didn't people think of that before?" And they'll realize David Gregory got it exactly backward. People don't fear the U.S. They depend on us for political and moral guidance.
Any one else find this frightening, and oh, I"d dare say, filled with racist overtones?
 

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That's why terrorists seek to destroy us -- because they fear and detest our freedoms and realize those freedoms eventually will be spread everywhere



What a gross, inaccurate oversimplification. Must be nice to think it's that simple. A viewpoint such as that perfectly divides the world into good guys and bad guys, with no need to think about it further, ever. It nicely sets up a situation where a leader can be blindly followed. If the leader is a Mahatma Ghandi sort, then followers are still uninformed but basically okay. If he's a Hitler sort, well, we've got problems. Since we may not know all the motivations of our leaders, perhaps its actually best not to abdicate thought after all.

Sheesh.
 

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Any one else find this frightening, and oh, I"d dare say, filled with racist overtones?

Oh yeah. From dictionary.com:

eth·no·cen·trism (thn-sntrzm)
n.

The tendency to evaluate other groups according to the values and standards of one's own ethnic group, especially with the conviction that one's own ethnic group is superior to the other groups.
 

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SQ, I honestly don't understand how you can roll your eyes at a question of racism. It would bother me for someone to suggest that I was in agreement with racist commentary. It would make me think about and question my stance, or at least to clarify why it wasn't so.

But dismissing criticism is pretty prominent in this administration, and I guess in some of its supporters, too. It's a "nanny nanny boo boo" reaction. It doesn't go any further in clarifying or supporting your point, and it certainly doesn't refute the charge.
 

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I get a rolleyes because I"m concerned about the ethnocentric nature of the article?

I'm sorry, but as a WOC, I"m very leery of the "rah rah western civilization" tone of much of the right.

Rachael, thank you for articulating my thoughts. I have a migraine and I'm on percocet. Cant say what I'm thinking.

BTW, am I supposed to be the troll?
 

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I get a rolleyes because I"m concerned about the ethnocentric nature of the article?

I'm sorry, but as a WOC,
pardon my ignorance, but what does WOC mean?

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BTW, am I supposed to be the troll?

not from what I've read.
 

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"People don't fear the U.S. They depend on us for political and moral guidance."

(Quoted from that ridiculous article at the beginning of this thread)

We've already covered the ethnocentricity, racism, and bigotry of the article, but what hasn't been covered is why the us doesn't invade canada or mexico. Many people believe that it's because it isn't necessary yet, but when the time comes the US won't think twice about invading canada for it's oil (and water and lumber, any other natural resource it wants).
Also, because of a nifty little thing called NAFTA, american companies can come into canada, pump out oil/water/timber and resell it to the canadians at an increased price--the american's don't have to invade canada because they already have canada in their back pocket--this is what many canadians think, and why many of them don't have nice things to say about americans--oh, and we're obnoxious travelers, too
 

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"My urgent advice to you would be, not only to always think first of America, but always, also, to think first of humanity. You do not love humanity if you seek to divide humanity into jealous camps. Humanity can be welded together only by love, by sympathy, by justice, not by jealousy and hatred. I am sorry for the man who seeks to make personal capital out of the passions of his fellow men. He has lost the touch and ideal of America. For America was created to unite mankind."
President Woodrow Wilson, 1915
 
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