Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

America's Exceptionalism Stems from Freedoms

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

America's Exceptionalism Stems from Freedoms

Article excerpt

President Donald Trump emphasized "America first" at the United Nations. Great, if it means creating affordable good education, having a good health care system and fixing our infrastructure instead of destroying Yemen's infrastructure or threatening North Korea and Venezuela with destruction.

Unfortunately, our president promotes American exceptionalism like the Germans declared themselves the "master race." I feel like I am back in my youth in Nazi Germany, where "Deutschland Uber Alles" (Germany above all), the German anthem, was heard constantly, followed by shouts of "Heil Hitler." I guess shouts of "USA, USA" will do here, until somebody raises his right arm for the ultimate "Hail Trump" salute.

Fanatic nationalism whips up hate of "the other," whoever that may be.

We Americans are but part of humanity, not special. …

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