December 12, 2010

America

We are the greatest people on Earth. Our form of government is the best. In religious belief and practice we are exactly right. And we are also the best fighters in the world. As a people we are the wisest, politically the most free, and socially the most developed. Other nations may fail and fall; we are safe. Our history is a narrative of the triumph of righteousness among the people. We see these forces working through every generation of our glorious past. Our future growth and success are as certain as the rules of mathematics. Providence is always on our side. We have been divinely selected in order to save and purify the world through our example. If other nations will only accept our religious and political principles, and our general attitude toward life, they soon will be, no doubt, as happy and prosperous as we are.

10 comments:

Dave2 said...

I want what you're having...

Brian said...

Fuck yeah!

B.E. Earl said...

How did Glenn Beck's blog get on my feed reader?

Gino said...

its the absinthe.

RW said...

Can anybody say what this might be? I deliberately left off the "quotes."

sybil law said...

Direct quotes from some douches I went to high school with?!

Brian said...

If it isn't meant ironically it is either a nationalist or an articulate 12 year old.

RW said...

When I first read this I remarked how much it sounded, in part or in total, like arguments I've heard in the last two years - with little alteration - when talking about the condition of the country.

This is, of course, the argument for American Exceptionalism. And I'm sure in real life and in online discussions we've all heard much of this.

This was written in the "American Journal of Sociology."

It was 1925. And it was meant to be a sarcastic parody of the official stand of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Klan, and a lot of other people, missed the gag. They didn't see the joke, and mostly agreed.

Just thought I'd share.

Larissa said...

"They didn't see the joke, and mostly agreed."

Thereby reaffirming my opinion that most people are idiots.

Jack said...

“Patriotism is the religion of hell.”
- James Branch Cabell