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Cain’s Plainspeak on American Exceptionalism

In plain language, Herman Cain explains the concept:

“Most importantly, conservatives see America as exceptional because of our shared belief in the dignity and creativity of the individual. We know that it is innately human to work, to risk, and to dream.”

and this:

“. . . progressivism rejects American Exceptionalism. Progressives view the Constitution as a roadblock, as they seek an unlimited federal government with more authority than the states and more power than the people. Because they strive for a limitless federal government, they are willing to sacrifice the rugged individualism that has made this nation exceptional in exchange for the collective salvation they believe a vast government provides.”

The whole article is excellent.  Read it here.

I was born in 1960, did my “growing up” in the 70s.  We (my peers and I) rebelled, of course.  All teenagers do.  But, at least as I remember it, the key concepts in our rebellion were individualism and the idea that we didn’t want “Big Brother” (yes, this included our parents – we were teenagers) dictating our every move.  We all read 1984 more than once.  The world depicted there scared us and we wanted nothing to do with it.

It continues to astonish me that so many of my peers have grown up to be of the left.  Don’t they understand that the left would create (in fact, is trying to create) the same homogeneous collective that frightened us so much, that we were so dead-set against?

I do take some degree of comfort in the fact that so many of the old rockers – the ones who wrote the anthems – are now outspoken conservatives.

Kimberly_Schwartz
Southern girl and proud of it. Wife, mother, prosecuting attorney, political conservative, and home-based business owner; living and working in Central Georgia, USA. Dabbler in web design, photography, and mixed media. Still prefers reading and writing over math. Totally obsessed rubber stamper and scrapbooker. Shares several acres of easily-defensible farmland with husband, daughter, four dogs, and way too many cats.

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  1. Thanks for bringing this article to my attention. I’m currently in Herman’s camp and suspect I’ll stay there unless someone coaxes Chris Christie into the race.

    And I too am amazed at how many of our peers can speak out against “big brother” while working so hard to put him in power.

    • I’m looking more closely at Herman Cain because for me personally, he is the only plain spoken candidate. If I’m not mistaken, Romney gets credit for his great economics abilities because he turned around the Olympics from a losing proposition into a profitable one. I’ll take Mr. Cain’s business experience over Romney’s any day. I doubt you would ever see a Caincare.

  2. One of the most impressive things about Mr. Cain is that he always talks of things that speak to you, not at you. The former stirs thoughts of how the country used to be, the latter speaks to those who want something from you.

    Kinda reminds me of someone else who had that knack…

      • I appreciate the warm welcome. Y’all don’t realize it, but I’ve been quietly learning from a number of you here for quite some time. I finally decided, as StepC said in another post, that it was time for me to step up – in this case, by becoming an actual party to the conversation. I’ll be depending on your wisdom and guidance in upcoming months as we (hopefully) get more actively involved in the local GOP. The days when we can afford to sit home and yell at the TV are over.

  1. Thanks for bringing this article to my attention. I’m currently in Herman’s camp and suspect I’ll stay there unless someone coaxes Chris Christie into the race.

    And I too am amazed at how many of our peers can speak out against “big brother” while working so hard to put him in power.

    • I’m looking more closely at Herman Cain because for me personally, he is the only plain spoken candidate. If I’m not mistaken, Romney gets credit for his great economics abilities because he turned around the Olympics from a losing proposition into a profitable one. I’ll take Mr. Cain’s business experience over Romney’s any day. I doubt you would ever see a Caincare.

  2. One of the most impressive things about Mr. Cain is that he always talks of things that speak to you, not at you. The former stirs thoughts of how the country used to be, the latter speaks to those who want something from you.

    Kinda reminds me of someone else who had that knack…

      • I appreciate the warm welcome. Y’all don’t realize it, but I’ve been quietly learning from a number of you here for quite some time. I finally decided, as StepC said in another post, that it was time for me to step up – in this case, by becoming an actual party to the conversation. I’ll be depending on your wisdom and guidance in upcoming months as we (hopefully) get more actively involved in the local GOP. The days when we can afford to sit home and yell at the TV are over.

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