Postmodern America?

As Scott noted earlier today, President Obama is different from his liberal predecessors in that he does not believe in American exceptionalism; for that matter, it doesn’t seem that he much believes in America, period. One wonders: how did such a man become President?
Unfortunately, he isn’t alone. Our educational and cultural institutions have been teaching for a generation that America is not a flawed country, but a bad one; not a beacon of hope to the world, but a source of evil. This doctrine is so at odds with history and experience that many Americans have resisted it. But not all, as this Rasmussen survey, taken in anticipation of Independence Day, suggests: “54% Agree That U.S. Is Nation with Liberty & Justice for All.” What is remarkable is that 34% disagree, while 11% can’t make up their minds. Moreover, only 45% of Democrats believe that the United States is a land of liberty and justice for all.
It isn’t hard to see where President Obama’s core constituency comes from. America is now in the hands of people who don’t much like her. This bears, no doubt on the discussion Paul and I had last night on how Obama views the failure of his policies. About all one can add is: God help us.

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