Exceptional no more I
Despite the president's recent conversion, is America really exceptional anymore?
We boast a privileged class of lifelong wage earners (public sector) who equate themselves with the destitute, taking decades of public aid (taxpayer-assisted pensions and health care) upon retirement, not caring how unsustainable it is.
Our citizenship is so cheap, we give it away to lawbreakers. Our republic is so disrespected, we let unidentified humans vote. We care so little for our veterans, we don't send their ballots in time.
Celebrity is king here. We make stars of the obnoxious. We accept media that protect politicians over citizens, and we elect cowards who won't protect our diplomats.
Nov. 6 confirmed it. Many may shine individually, but as a collective, Americans are a mediocre lot, content to be steered through life by speechmakers touting failed policy.
We're happy to take from others what we haven't earned to ease the personal challenges we were once famous for embracing. We care only about ourselves, not our kids.
We're unwilling to elect those who would limit handouts and force us to be American again.
The celebrity we re-elected president told us to vote for him out of “revenge.” Imagine seeking vengeance on half the nation.
It's fitting that someone of such low character, who didn't have our Navy SEALs' backs, will lead us around by the nose for another four years.
Until we rise again he's exactly what unexceptional people deserve.
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