"Yes, perhaps Nazi Germany in the thirties would have been a better place for aHeres the good part:
guy named Stein to live.Or did Joel Stein somehow forget that it was America's blood, sweat and treasure that defeated the twin scourges of Nazism and Militaristic Shintoism?Or perhaps the Soviet Union, which murdered upwards of 90 million individuals, would have been a cool place to live: say, a gulag in Siberia.Or
did Joel Stein somehow miss the news that Ronald Reagan's strategy of peace
through strength -- ("We win. They lose.") -- led to the economic meltdown of the Soviet bloc and the liberation of millions?Maybe Stein would have preferred living under the Taliban, in their tolerant and forgiving culture, or in Saddam Hussein's
Baathist Iraq, which had an unfortunate propensity to gas and rape its
opponents?Or were Joel Stein's newspapers swiped by the neighbor those days, so that he missed the news of George W. Bush's incredible risk-tasking to liberate
fifty million Muslims from the despotic regimes of Bin Laden and Hussein?Forget the fact that more people try to get into America than any other country. Forget, too, the opportunities afforded entrepreneurs by America's incredible innovation engine linking academia, venture capital and industry; and which has launched companies like Microsoft, Intel, Google and eBay out of whole cloth.Were it not for America, Stein would -- today -- be living under Nazism, Communism or some other totalitarian regime. Or, better put, not living.Does that help you understand American exceptionalism..."
LOL...I love it!!! I have to admit that I have never felt an overwhelming sense of patriotism and I don't get all misty gazing at the American flag. But, I'm not stupid enough to think that any other country on this planet can offer me a better life with all of the freedom and liberty that I possess. America has it's issues but any "pissant" knows that the good significantly outweighs the bad. Further, the part that is bad-- the racism, well that's a result of a sinful human condition and since humans inhabit other countries racism can never be escaped. So, for all of you whining liberals elitist, and black quasi-socialist progressive fundamentalist racism chasers grow up and count your many blessing. Thank you Astute blogger for reminding me why I should be proud of America.
"Mr. Stein, you ignorant pissant? Tribalism? Tribalism has nothing to do
with it, you pathetic ignoramus. Were it not for America, were it not for
Americans, the world be a far darker place, with hundreds of millions living
behind barbed wire, in concentration camps, in death camps awaiting their smoky
fate.Stein, you are an intellectual midget and a bumbling doctrinaire liberal
hack. Frankly, I'm surprised you can rub enough neurons together to keep
breathing without having to concentrate.If I were a meaner-spirited person, I'd
slit the tires on your home. Instead I'll just mock your astute choice of
profession: liberal hack #117 for the dying Los Angeles Times."