Quote of the Day: fading exceptionalism edition

Posted by: Phineas on November 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Roger Kimball of PJM (who, like me, has egg all over his face from predicting a big win for Romney) heard from an English friend after the election and shared this excerpt from the email:

You just don’t care about being a Great Power any longer. That’s what this is about. The world should start sucking up to China instead now, as Americans have shown they’ve no appetite for world leadership any longer. You’ve had a century in the sun, and now you’ve decided to become Sweden instead of shouldering the burden. The 47% have won and you’re going to slip into social democracy and in 4 years time no-one — Christie, Rubio, Ryan — will be able to do anything about it.

RIP American Exceptionalism

Perhaps I’ll feel better in a few days/weeks/months, but, right now, I fear this nameless Englishman is all too right.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Quote of the Day: fading exceptionalism edition”


  1. Emily says:

    That’s how I feel too. I think the narrow majority determined that this country no longer wants to be a true democracy. Instead, we want to be coddled and taken care of. We want high energy costs and crippling debt. We want all the immediate pleasures of seemingly “free stuff” without paying for them up front and decided that our children and grandchildren will pay the bill. The Obama zombies can pat themselves on the back for that one and if the narrow majority wants to live in the ruins, let them rot. Meanwhile, this “Mitch” (thanks Beyonce) says no thanks.

  2. BBHunter says:

    – Consider the source, and keep your chin up.

    – Would you really expect an accurate assessment from a “subject” of a country that still lives under a monarchy, and longs for the days of colonialist empire?

    – The Brits have never recovered from WWII. They would love for us to be reduced to a third world copy of Euro trash socialism, but its not going to happen, not now, not ever.

    – American exceptialism is a way of thinking, not a political plot or construct. It was bourn of throwing off the yoke of oppression, a yole the English still endure in princiole if not in fact.

    – We’ve temporarily lost the work ethic. A fad that will dissappear as people begin to notice they’re empoverished in the false dream of the Utopian free lunch myth.

    – Our envious detractors will all rush to make fools of themselves, and eventually thank god we’re still here, still as strong as ever, and still protecting their sorry butts.

  3. Carlos says:

    Instead of rewriting it, see my comment (#31) in the comments section of “The Day After:…” posted by ST on Wednesday.

    And I had no idea a Brit could see that clearly. Hat tip to him, unfortunately.

    “- We’ve temporarily lost the work ethic. A fad that will dissappear as people begin to notice they’re empoverished in the false dream of the Utopian free lunch myth.” Unfortunately, BBHunter, those dumb enough to believe in a “free lunch” will be stupid enough to believe that the reason they are still more impoverished in four more years is that “the rich” aren’t paying enough taxes and that those dumb enough to still work have started slacking. It’ll never occur to them what slackers they themselves are because, Lord knows, life owes it all to them.

  4. Lorica says:

    In 4 years the Congress will have had 2 years of a Rep majority due to the midterms and things will be getting better and they will not allow anyone to take credit for their work.

    I will not agree that our time as being the leader of the free world is over. I tend to agree with BB, this is coming from a person, who has lived a surrendered life for far too long. Republicans don’t get so complacent so easily or so fast. – Lorica

  5. db says:

    Typical British understatement — he said we’ve “decided to become Sweden” — better make that France, or Greece!

  6. Sefton says:

    Should anyone be surprised given the famed “apology tour” Oblamer started off his 1st term with? He basically told everyone “Hey, we chose to lead by example via American exceptionalism, and that was wrong. It’s time we got taken down a few notches and I’m here to tell you that, unearned Nobel as proof, I’ll be the administrator of putting a dunce cap on Uncle Sam and putting him in the corner for a few years… oh, and VIVA U.N.!”

  7. The jealousy contained in the Brit’s statement is about as shrill as it gets, coming from someone whose a*s we saved during WWII. FDR delayed retaliation on Japan for Pearl Harbor to enter the European theater of the war on Britain’s behalf at Churchill’s pleading; otherwise they would all be speaking German today.
    American exceptionalism as well as America itself is much bigger than a failing WH resident and the scumbag element he attracts. The sharia-compliant Brits have their own cess pool society to clean up before they start hurling insults at their savior.

  8. Carlos says:

    @Lorica (#4): You’re assuming there will still be a relevant Congress then…