To the People of Russia
Perhaps it does not bother you that your president just admitted in an opinion piece in the New York Times, that he has nothing but contempt for you and thinks your labor is completely useless, but, as an American, it sure enough ticks me off when my President does it.
Last week, when President Obama gave a speech on his foreign policy regarding Syria, the last bit was about American exceptionalism.
“Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used. America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional.”
Our president used that phrase to try to unite the country behind his policy. Unfortunately for him, the American people are extremely wary of a “Nobel Prize winner” pushing the case for war, especially in the Middle East.
President Putin picked up on the phrase in the last paragraph of his letter, and interestingly, did not apply the exceptionalism to policy (which is what Obama was trying to sell) but instead applied it to the individual.
“My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”
Your president believes not only that you are not special, but he thinks it’s dangerous if you use your talents and gifts in a way that allows you to pull ahead of your peers.
Don’t get me wrong, our president does this too, which makes it laughable that Obama said on “This Week With George Stephanopolous” that, “I don’t think that Mr. Putin has the same values that we do,” in response to Putin’s objection to American exceptionalism.
WE don’t have the same values as your president OR our president, and that is why there is such political turmoil in America.
President Obama has said that small businessmen and women have no ability to take credit for the hard work they have put into their businesses. Last year, he continually said, “You didn’t build that,” in an attempt to knock down the biggest driving force of our economy, the American small business.
Never before in this great nation has a president overtly used communistic rhetoric to push for a collectivist society by calling out the very risk-takers who keep the nation afloat, proving that he does not believe in American exceptionalism, just as your President does not believe in non-governmental exceptionalism.
If it were not for the use of God in your President’s letter, I would not feel compelled to point this out, but I wonder, when Putin says, “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation…..but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal,” does he believe that the Saints were exceptional people? I suspect, he doesn’t mean himself, of course, because as a person who thinks the people are not special, he must put himself as the only special one so that you will allow him to rule.
Yes, God created us equal, as we are reminded in our founding documents. But those founding documents, which are exemplary and belong to the American people, expound on that wisp of a thought from Putin in his letter and are the basis for our exceptionalism. The Declaration of Independence shows our thought process:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
President Putin and President Obama have a bit of a difficulty understanding what we possess upon our creation. It is God that gives us the right to Life, the right to Liberty, and the right to pursue Happiness, not the president. So, when your president says you aren’t special, and my President says "you didn’t build that," they are attempting to put themselves above God, when they are in fact, supposed to hold Him as the only higher power.
The examples of my president’s attacks on our founding documents are too numerous and frequent for me to include here, and of course, your president has no interest in letting you pursue happiness or live in liberty, but I’d like to point out one more thing. When you look into the eyes of your children, do you see them as miserable beings led to a life of mediocrity, or do you want the absolute best for them, so that they can have what you could not?
Perhaps that is only possible in America, because we have the acknowledgement of our rights coming from God in our founding documents. But as long as you have people like President Putin, and we have people like President Obama, who want to rule us rather than acknowledge consent from the governed, we will all suffer as people have for centuries before us, because America’s founding is what makes America exceptional. It attempted to change the course of human events, by refusing a small elite to rule others, and instead, made the people in charge of their government.
Why not ask yourselves that if your president is equal to you, does he have the right to rule over you? Surely, since our President tries to wreck our traditions and our attachment to our founding, he wishes to agree with your president more often than not.