American Exceptionalism


There is a questionnaire going around soliciting each American’s analysis of the reasons for the decline of the once admired civilization known as The United States of America. The first question tells it all:

What is the main reason for the demise of the United States?

  1. Income Inequality
  2. Guns
  3. Reproductive Rights
  4. Human Rights
  5. Sex & Nakedness
  6. Socialism
  7. The GOP.

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Inherit the Wind

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

When I was in High School the movie based on the stage play, Inherit the Wind, made a huge impression on me. But what I remember most is thinking how ignorant and stupid the people were back in 1925 actually believing in the infallibility of the Bible and what we now call Creationism. We also studied the Scopes Trial in school and added Tennessee to our list of states to avoid and even though Montgomery Clift in Wild River made us pause in our assessment, we still couldn’t imagine how unenlightened parts of the country must have been in the early 20th century. Of course, a few years later Easy Rider came along and solidified the sentiments.

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