Feature

Why self-congratulatory Americans just look 'needy'

If Republicans want to project an image of strength, says Matt Miller at The Washington Post, they should stop bragging about America's greatness

Like any patriotic American, says Matt Miller at The Washington Post, "I love my country." I "cherish" the fact that America is different. Unlike most countries, America was founded by people who came together from all over, and united behind "the ideals of liberty, equality and self-government." But, while patriotism has its place, suddenly conservatives, led by Sarah Palin, are assailing President Obama for his "alleged indifference" to "American exceptionalism" — as evidenced by his so-called "apology tours" overseas. Running around proclaiming that America is "the greatest country ever invented" doesn't make us look strong, says Miller. It just makes us look "needy." Here, an excerpt:

There's something off when the first generation of Americans that is less educated than its parents feels a deep need to be told how unique it is. Or that a generation that's handing off epic debts and a chronically dysfunctional political process (among other woes) demands that its leaders keep toasting its fabulousness. Especially when other nations now offer more upward mobility, and a better blend of growth with equity, than we do — arguably the best measures of America's once-exceptional national performance.

Wouldn't it bolster Americans more to be told that we can meet the challenges of this moment? Wouldn't we be better off striving to be exceptional at solving our common problems?

Read the full article at The Washington Post.

Recommended

The Kennedy solution to the Ukraine crisis
President Biden.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

The Kennedy solution to the Ukraine crisis

U.K. official Allegra Stratton resigns
U.K. government spokesperson Allegra Stratton.
'profound apologies'

U.K. official Allegra Stratton resigns

U.K. joins U.S. in Olympics diplomatic boycott
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Winter Olympics 2022

U.K. joins U.S. in Olympics diplomatic boycott

Britain's government is teetering over an alleged 2020 Christmas party
Boris Johnson
'it was cheese and wine'

Britain's government is teetering over an alleged 2020 Christmas party

Most Popular

Kathy Griffin slams CNN for firing her but not Jeffrey Toobin
Kathy Griffin
'I loved that gig'

Kathy Griffin slams CNN for firing her but not Jeffrey Toobin

Mace vs. Greene is the fight for the future of the GOP
Mace and Greene.
Picture of W. James Antle IIIW. James Antle III

Mace vs. Greene is the fight for the future of the GOP

Legally rigging elections?
Protesters.
Feature

Legally rigging elections?