Thursday, July 02, 2009

Stupid Quote of the Day: Liz Cheney says Obama refuses to claim that America is the greatest country EVAR

Dick Cheney's daughter has long-since proven herself to be just as big an overpatriotic idiot as her father. It definitely seems to run in the family. She's recently been making hosts of stupid and thoroughly false claims, and here's her most recent one yet:

"...I would say one of the things that is troubling to Americans, I think, is extent to which this administration is focused on the president's popularity overseas. We've now seen several different occasions when he's been on the international trips, where he's not willing to say, flat out, 'I believe in American exceptionalism. I believe unequivocally, unapologetically, America is the best nation that ever existed in history, and clearly that exists today.' Instead we've seen him do what we saw him do in the speech in Cairo, which is sort of, 'on one hand this, on the other hand that,' and then attempt to put himself sort of above it all. I think that troubles people."

Greatest country in history? Well, if we take that as being in relation to the available resources technological capabilities of the day ... say that to the Roman Empire at the height of their power. Or to Genghis Khan, who's empire was thrice the size of the Cesars'. Seriously, America may be the biggest and baddest today, but it has many, many times been eclipsed in many, many ways.

Not to mention that perhaps Obama isn't saying, "WE'RE #1!!!", simply because that's both childish and petty. And horrendously unprofessional. Seriously, Lizzie, go crawl somewhere and expire your brains for a while.

Not to mention, of course, that her claims about Obama never exhibiting a pride in American exceptionalism is false (oh, the surprise!). Here's what he did say when confronted with this very question by a reporter:

"I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. I'm enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world. If you think about the site of this summit and what it means, I don't think America should be embarrassed to see evidence of the sacrifices of our troops, the enormous amount of resources that were put into Europe postwar, and our leadership in crafting an Alliance that ultimately led to the unification of Europe. We should take great pride in that.

"And if you think of our current situation, the United States remains the largest economy in the world. We have unmatched military capability. And I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality, that, though imperfect, are exceptional.

"Now, the fact that I am very proud of my country and I think that we've got a whole lot to offer the world does not lessen my interest in recognizing the value and wonderful qualities of other countries, or recognizing that we're not always going to be right, or that other people may have good ideas, or that in order for us to work collectively, all parties have to compromise and that includes us.

"And so I see no contradiction between believing that America has a continued extraordinary role in leading the world towards peace and prosperity and recognizing that that leadership is incumbent, depends on, our ability to create partnerships because we create partnerships because we can't solve these problems alone."

Once again, a perfect response from Obama, recognizing that America is indeed perhaps the Top Gun in today's world, yet without exhibiting jingoism or rabid patriotism, and still recognizing the many strengths of other great countries as well. Ie: proud, but rational.


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