Obama Stings And Rebukes The GOP By Redefining American Exception
Republicans are enamored with the term American exceptionalism and they have belittled President Obama for not promoting the concept that in this country, all things are possible and that exceptionalism gives America the right to be a dominant force in the world. There was a time when America was exceptional because any citizen, regardless of economic station, could aspire to and achieve the American dream if they worked hard, persevered, and made personal sacrifices. That reality, although gone now, created the great American middle class and was responsible for building the country into the greatest nation on Earth. For the past generation though, conservative ideology has transformed the American dream into an exercise in futility because regardless of hard work, dedication, and perseverance, the prospect of achieving middle class status is nothing more than a pipe dream.