Recently, Bill Maher, a so called “comic”, recently said on his HBO television program that America really isn’t an exceptional country. I find it ironic, that first of all, this foul mouthed mental midget would only be able to do and say what he does in a country such as America without being frog marched out to a wall someplace and shot, but we’ll leave the obvious for later. Maher also thinks that Mormonism is a “stupid religion fit for a stupid country like America.” It bodes the question Mr Maher: if you hate America so much, what are you still doing here, besides getting rich off all those zombies who think you’re funny?
Independence Day is coming, Mr. Maher, and apparently, you and your followers need a history lesson in American exceptionalism. It all starts with the fact that a rag tag band of colonial farmers stood up and defeated what was then the greatest standing army and navy in the world. Out of that stance for liberty and freedom, unlike anything seen before it, came a government and Constitution that would become the envy of the world. Extrardinary men (and women) risked everything they had to birth this nation. In 1812, the British again invaded our country and burned our capital to the ground, but our citizen soldiers again prevailed, and we not only threw the invaders out of our country, we rebuilt our capital more majestic than before.
The citizens of this country fought a bloody and, in terms of human lives, a tragic civil war. The purpose was to keep the union intact and to free an entire race of people. The price for our President, Abraham Lincoln, was his life. He prevailed to see the end of the war, even though he saw his death as a result of his belief in the exceptionalism of the United States.
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Our citizen army went to aid Europe during World War I and in the brief period of a little over two years helped defeat Germany/Austria- Hungary. The United States did this woefully unprepared and with virtually no heavy weapons of our own. We produced such exceptional men as General John J Pershing, Sargent Alvin York, air ace Eddie Rickenbacher,and Captain Charles Whittelsly, to name just a few. Exceptional men all.
World War II followed a short twenty three years later for us, and once again, our citizen’s soldiers answered the call to arms. A pathetic army of 100,000 steadily grew to over 12 million in all branches of service. We went from bi-planes to the magnificent P-51 Mustang, B-17, and B-29 superfortress. We liberated Europe, The Mediterannean, Africa, and the Pacific of brutality and tyranny in less than four years. We rebuilt Europe, Japan, and the free world, under the Marshall Plan post war. An exceptional act, Mr. Maher.
Our citizen army saved South Korea from being swallowed up by communism. We defeated the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese army in the late 1960’s, only to lose the political side of the war. We have helped free oppressed people around the world. We have fed, clothed, and taught citizens of numerous nations to read and write, to grow crops, and to find water for their people. We have supplied food to millions of starving people around the globe and help rebuild war- and weather- ravage nations everywhere.
We have given the world penicillin and polio vaccines and almost wiped out smallpox and a myriad of other diseases. We have extended human life through our scientific discoveries and sent men to the moon and back. We have freed women to go from domestic godesses to fly in outer space and become CEO’s of multinational companies. We are an EXCEPTIONAL nation, Mr. Maher, but you and your minions are too ungrateful and too self-absorbed to see that.
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Hey, if you dislike America, her Judeo-Christian belief system, and her exceptionalism, Mr. Maher, I’m sure that there are a lot of places that you and your zombies could move to and be happy, especially with all the money that you make being “funny”! By the way, if you look around, Mr. Maher, and see a wounded vet, you are seeing the greatest example of exceptionalism that anyone could ask for. America and her people are special, generous, compassionate, caring, fighting, and freedom-loving, Mr. Maher. Your denigration of that is nothing more than a lie that flies in the face of reality. Happy Independence Day, Mr. Maher, from those of us who do appreciate America.
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