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50 Lies: American Exceptionalism

Straw-man propaganda: Pretend the target is something different, then attack that new target.

American Exceptionalism … No, it’s not about winning wars, putting American Natives on reservations, and celebrating slavery. The “exception” in American Exceptionalism comes from our nations’ origin. The USA was founded expressly to create a Government with much less power than its predecessor. Rebelling against tyranny is so common one could argue that History starts with the study of such conflicts. When the rebels win, they note that while the old tyrants abused their powers, the new winners won’t. In the USA the exception was the attempt to make a government that can’t abuse its powers because they legally limited their new government.

The common deception about “America The Bully” is ironic in that while mistakes were made, the intention of our Founders was to PREVENT such abuses. The cure for bullying is not to try to elect morally superior people, but to limit the bully’s opportunities, to return to the Founder’s Intentions more vigorously. For instance, legalized slavery was a compromise that was protected until 1808, when many hoped the legal process to end slavery would being.

Who would promote the notion that American Exceptionalism is Bully-ism, and why? The WHY tells the WHO: The goal is to weaken the legal limits and to allow the US Government to act without constraint. The Statist Progressive wants the State to have unlimited power, although in any one election cycle they will only claim to want MORE power. Always more power….

All people, movements, and governments have flaws. This is the reason behind Limited Government. For the Progressives, though, these flaws only matter when found in their opponents. For example, Che Guevara is a hero because he fought for Communism and against property rights. That he was also an avowed racist who wrote that Negros were animals who could be slaughtered, this is not significant to the Fellow Travelers supporting Communism. That Guevara murdered many dozens of innocent people is irrelevant. Meanwhile, the fact that about one-third of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence owned slaves – that alone is enough to discredit our Founding Principles.

The substance of American Exceptionalism contends Limited Government, limited both in its ability to infringe on our personal liberties and on the economy, promotes a strong, proud, and free society comprised of rugged individuals who tend to be happy and productive.

The lies associated with American Exceptionalism:

29. American Exceptionalism is about being a bully.

  • Instead it is about how keeping the government restrained leads to exceptional results. It is about anti-bullying.

30. American Exceptionalism is proven unworthy by slavery and by broken treaties with American Natives.

  • Meanwhile all other leaders and thinkers are immune to mundane details, such as racial genocide.

31. Mocking American Exceptionalism is patriotic.

  • Deriding the core values of our origins is the anti-thesis of pride and love.

32. Admirers of American Exceptionalism are mainly poorly educated dunces.

  • Another technique of propaganda seeks to impugn the adversary, especially useful when the facts oppose your argument.

33. American Exceptionalism is linked to Racism.

  • Progressives suggest advocates of Limited Government want to deny suffrage to minorities and eventually return to legalized slavery.

34. American Exceptionalism it proven flawed because its creators and advocates are flawed.

  • Again, it is a rhetorical device based on a logical flaw that suggests an ARGUMENT inherits the flaws of the MESSENGER. This is not a valid argument, though, and when people employ such tricks it is fair to ask if they don’t have a worthy argument to make.

35. The flaws of those associated with American Exceptionalism are more damning than the flaws of all other people.

  • Even if the flaws of the Founders did reflect poorly their values, striking is how much larger sins and crimes against humanity of assorted Progressives are oddly immaterial to their philosophies.

Summary

We don’t think Americans are better people, but instead that we’ve enjoyed a better method (Limited Government) which would work for any nation. This set of lies were advanced because the heart of American Exceptionalism is Limited Government, while the heart of Progressivism is Expanded Government. The propaganda ironically uses the very types of abuses the Founders wanted to limit.

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contents
The Consensus Device
The Core
Anarchy
Fundamental Transformation
Racism
Theft and Government
American Exceptionalism

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Unmasked

Remember when the Media claimed to be objective?  The mask has finally come completely off. The Press and Educators have been working for their Progressive, one-world government agenda since 1912. They are clever and sinister, happily accusing their enemies, those who support the Constitution as it was written, of the very crimes they commit. The vast majority of things you’ve heard in public since you were born have been filtered by people on a crusade to expand government. Take a moment, and step back:  A great many of the things you know, are false.

The classic American culture emphasizes self reliance and independence. These values oppose the Progressives whose goal is to make us all dependent on the biggest possible government. For decades Conservatives rested, falsely confident in the self-evident virtue of our values. The waves of propaganda from the media and indoctrination from our teachers have slowly eroded the beliefs that used to form our common moral base.

Well, now we know. Now we know we must rise to every challenge. People who work hard and who takes risks deserve to keep the lion’s share of their labor. Industry and technology are great for all people, rich and poor alike. We cannot trust the Government to judge who has too much wealth because politicians will find a way to make the system work to increase their own power. Everyone knows this.

Progressives will tell you I am playing on your fears. Of course, that is what they have been doing to you since you were born.  How many of the crises from the last 100 years were either fostered or created by people hoping we would turn to them for help?

If a bigger government can prevent crises and cure poverty, then how does one explain what has happened in recent years? If a huge government caused these problems, how could an even bigger government do better? Even if you like this government, do you want the politicians coming from future elections to ALL have so much more power?

What happened to our faith in self reliance and independence? What happened?

Please take a step back and think about the current mess and ask why anyone should believe the government that got us into the mess deserves more power to enact a cure. A great many of the things you know, are false.

The Cult of Academia

Professors congregate in Universities, bright people with proportionate egos. Especially for Professors in the Social Studies, while their resumes may fail to impress the business world, they exercise significant power over students and junior faculty.

They have time and motivation to pursue deep tangents, largely because the practical areas have been covered many times. One cannot make a splash at the University with an analysis of more efficient shipping & inventory techniques. To be original, their theories HAVE to be unproven. Their time spent with deep abstract thoughts makes them feel like experts. Forgive them if they bristle at the lack of appreciation when the world views their skills as being “academic.” Entire “schools of thought” emerge when Professors, each a lord of their own domain, interact with other Professors.  Their emergent theories are often as disconnected from business and industry as are the Professors themselves.

Measuring performance at universities has been difficult. The “best” thoughts are what other professors agree are best. This would not work for building bridges, where not falling down is more important than collecting smiles from other bridge makers.

Their students come in many varieties, but many bookish people are drawn to the universities. Some want to become professors. Since there are not enough Professorships for all qualified applicants, many academically oriented students choose a related profession: journalism.

Like academia, journalism has also been largely immune to measurable results. People buy newspapers for headlines, sports, comics, and coupons. Without hard performance metrics, the best journalists are chosen according to the opinions of other journalists. This seems natural to them, as most journalists are members of the Cult of Academia — where the quality of arcane theories is literally a matter of opinion.

People not in those professions often join the cult. Yes, the Deacon will bless you as long as you are devout. Finding acolytes for prestigious groups is simple enough; it has always felt good to believe & receive the blessing from the ordained.

The most significant theory to emerge from Academia over the last 100 years may be Progressivism. Adored by professors and journalists, unproven in our Bourgeois world — its advocates have a fevered faith in their theories. Progressivism has been embraced by another professor-like profession: the politician. Nearly all serious politicians attended a University, plus they need the good opinions of journalists when they campaign. Just as a professor needs to publish new thoughts to be a leader in their profession, the politician needs endless problems to anchor their promises. Journalists naturally seek new things. So, professors, journalists, and politicians share more than the University background, the so-called indoctrination: they also share a deep and natural appreciation for change as a phenomenon.

I call their fellowship and belief system a cult, the Cult of Academia, because it is centered on things unproven. Success in all three groups is driven by social/peer opinion, not measurable results. Their loyalties and prominence are based on faith. For instance, Climate Change is “proven” to this group, not because of the classic Scientific Method, but per their custom — because they agree amongst themselves! As Deacon Gore often says, this is settled science because there is consensus.

Traditional science has a different definition of proof: a hypothesis must exist from which predictions can be made, and then proved, by experimentation. This cult, however, ignores Scientific Method in favor of “proof by consensus,” which is also how religions operate. Physical Scientists transport a theory to proof, but Social Scientists and Messiahs transport a theory to consensus.

One might think that professors, journalists, and politicians possess considerable knowledge. Indeed, they know much about the opinions of other professors, but they also share a need for change itself. They advocate change because they need change the way sharks must swim forever forward to bring oxygen to their gills. This helps to explain why our current Professor President is adored by journalists. — his mantra of “change” embodies the cult. This Cult of Academia drags us further and further from the most successful system of government ever known, because simply enjoying the fruits of the Founders’ Constitution would not give this group a purpose.

We have been fools to listen to these cult-ish Deacons of Academia with their addictions to change for the sake of change.