A Reply to President Putin Concerning American Exceptionalism

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Over the past couple of weeks, I have felt like a witness to some macabre play, in which the United States of America is saddled with a weak, sniveling, clueless milk toast of a President, whose entire Administration is comprised of a bunch of unqualified and unprincipled neophytes, who have no qualms about embarrassing our country and making us look like fools on the World Stage.

And, today, I realize that what I am watching with such horror and disgust…is reality.

And, I don’t like it. One bit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, the new leader of the “Free” World, since United States President Barack Hussein Obama abdicated the role, says that every little t’ing is gonna be alright ( Hey. That would make great song. Oh…never mind.), if we just remember that America is now just another country.

I welcome the president’s interest in continuing the dialogue with Russia on Syria. We must work together to keep this hope alive, as we agreed to at the Group of 8 meeting in Lough Erne in Northern Ireland in June, and steer the discussion back toward negotiations.

If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues.

My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.

On July 17, 1980, Ronald Wilson Reagan, at the Republican National Convention, accepting their Nomination as the Presidential Candidate, spoke the following prophetic words:

The major issue of this campaign is the direct political, personal and moral responsibility of Democratic Party leadership — in the White House and in Congress — for this unprecedented calamity which has befallen us. They tell us they have done the most that humanly could be done. They say that the United States has had its day in the sun; that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems; that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities.

My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view. The American people, the most generous on earth, who created the highest standard of living, are not going to accept the notion that we can only make a better world for others by moving backwards ourselves. Those who believe we can have no business leading the nation.

I will not stand by and watch this great country destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and purpose. We have come together here because the American people deserve better from those to whom they entrust our nation’s highest offices, and we stand united in our resolve to do something about it.

We need rebirth of the American tradition of leadership at every level of government and in private life as well. The United States of America is unique in world history because it has a genius for leaders — many leaders, on many levels. But back in 1976, Mr. Carter said, “Trust me.” And a lot of people did. Now, many of those people are out of work. Many have seen their savings eaten away by inflation. Many others on fixed incomes, especially the elderly, have watched helplessly as the cruel tax of inflation wasted away their purchasing power. And, today, a great many who trusted Mr. Carter wonder if we can survive the Carter policies of national defense.

“Trust me” government asks that we concentrate our hopes and dreams on one man; that we trust him to do what’s best for us. My view of government places trust not in one person or one party, but in those values that transcend persons and parties. The trust is where it belongs — in the people. The responsibility to live up to that trust is where it belongs, in their elected leaders. That kind of relationship, between the people and their elected leaders, is a special kind of compact.

You see, President Putin…President Obama, that is where the exceptionalism of America lies…not in the Halls of Power…but in the courage and spirit of the average American. The 9 to 5’er, working himself crazy to try to provide for his family. It was this same average Joe, who fired the shot heard around the world and began the War for American Independence, who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in World War II, who waded through rice paddies in Vietnam, and who swallowed sand in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The same average Joe who, as a New York City Policeman or Fireman, ran up the stairs of the World Trade Center on 9/11/01, instead of running down them. The same average Joe, who simply wants things to be easier in this life for his children and grandchildren, than he had it.

The same average Joe who takes family and friends in, when they are in the midst of a life-altering tragedy. The same average Joe who gets misty-eyed when he sees an advertisement for St. Jude’s Children Hospital. The same average American who volunteers on a soup line or at a Senior Citizens Home.

Yes, President Putin, you have played our President and our Administration like a Stradivarius, pulling their strings like Gepetto pulled Pinocchio’s.

It doesn’t matter. They are professional political prevaricators. Men and women, whose ethics and morality change with the direction of the wind, and whose egos override their judgement…every time.

America is a Constitutional Republic. We are not ruled by a faceless all-powerful government. America’s politicians are OUR SERVANTS. “Average Joes”, like myself, are THEIR BOSSES. We can hire and fire them at our pleasure. You cannot understand this concept, because in your country, the Politburo ruled the Proletariat, until an American President, whom your leaders referred to as a “crazy cowboy”, told your president to “Tear down this wall!” and, that was the beginning of the end for the old Soviet Union.

And, yes, President Putin, God did create us all equal.

However, He blessed America.

Until He Comes,

KJ

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