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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Hillary Clinton is making a case for American exceptionalism. “The United States is an exceptional nation,” she said on Wednesday at the American Legion’s national convention in Cincinnati. “It’s not just that we have the greatest military, or that our economy is larger than any on Earth, it’s also the strength of our values.” Clinton added: “Our power comes with a responsibility to lead.” [...] The 2012 Republican Party platform outlined a commitment to “American exceptionalism,” defining it as “the conviction that our country holds a unique place and role in human history.” Now, however, Clinton is going out of her way to embrace the idea of American exceptionalism, while Trump has disavowed it. “I don’t like the term, I’ll be honest with you,” Trump once said. “I don’t think it’s a very nice term, we’re exceptional, you’re not … I never liked the term.” The distinction between the two candidates is another indicator of how Trump’s candidacy has caused the Republican party to cede a message it once featured prominently as a way to appeal to voters, only to see that message loudly taken up by the Democrats.

The headline is from opening paragraphs, Atlantic, this link, titled, "The Inverted Politics of American Exceptionalism - Hillary Clinton champions a concept the Republican Party has embraced and Donald Trump has disavowed."

The Clintons are exceptional, with only their pockets open and an open handed foundation, they reached nine-figured wealth under their control, as nothing besides career politicians. GHW Bush went privateer, Carlyle Group, to amass his politician's fortune, a less exceptional step.

As to American Exceptionalism, it had been called "policeman of the world," with the rest of the world resenting that term, too. Trump seems closer to Rand Paul, that way, than to the Bushco neo-con war lust. Put Obama on that end of the spectrum too; given Libya and Syria on his watch; and Gitmo same as ever, on his watch. War hawks have failed miserably, and one definition of insanity is to continue doing something that does not work, but fails time after time. Vietnam was a lesson for some. Too few, however. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, how much crap is needed to evidence something like a learning curve?

HYPOCRITE: "“It’s not just that we have the greatest military, or that our economy is larger than any on Earth, it’s also the strength of our values.” Clinton added: “Our power comes with a responsibility to lead.” The candidate said that. With an "economy larger than any on Earth" the Clinton spouses and daughter have been grabbing wealth hand over fist, showing obscene greed, while normal persons not connected to the willing wealthy as are the Clintons get table scraps from the 1%. It is an outrage, that the true Clinton "responsibility" is to grab all the loot they can, whenever they can, as quick as they can, with dubious circumstance not being any impediment whatsoever.

They show avarice to an inhospitable degree. They are grifters. Or for them, should the term be "grafters?"

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