Sarah Palin responds with an 8-minute video statement to the criticism that has been leveled at her after the Arizona shooting. She claims:
Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world.
Is the US still a light to "the rest of the world" or is that just arrogant and self-congratulatory wishful thinking?Comedian Lewis Black addressed this boasting of American exceptionalism/superiority/etc. in 2008.
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Endnote: Interesting statistic quoted in the Washington Post:
According to the Brady Campaign, an advocacy group, "more Americans were killed with guns in the 18-year period between 1979 and 1997 (651,697) than were killed in battle in all wars since 1775 (650,858)."
Fellow citizens are a bigger threat to Americans than the world is? Okay, not really comparable, but still interesting.
Antibürokratieteam presents NY Times bias.