KOMMONSENTSJANE – AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

Yes, it looks like there will be more to this story!  Putin has to realize, politics is not a clean sport according to some politicians.   Can he look in the mirror at himself and report to the people that he is an upstanding politician?  I will let him answer that.  A lot of people enter the world of politics and decide they cannot stay in this arena because of the corruption. A once very famous politician named Barbara Jordan left this arena because she could not succumb to the corruption and returned to the academic field.

Vladimir Putin’s comments on American exceptionalism, Syria cause a fuss.

Wonder why this is such a thorn in Putin’s side?  Most Americans are raised to believe “that the sky is the limit” toward achievement;  and,  if this is  not achieved,  it is due to the individual who was  not willing to work to reach that goal.  It is so simple –  but seems Putin is making a mountain out of molehill.  Maybe he should try to instill that in his people.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Vladimir Putin argues against U.S. military action on NY Times opinion piece
Disputes idea of “American exceptionalism” raised by Barack Obama in speech

Sen. Menendez says op-ed almost made him sick and House Speaker John Boehner was “insulted.”  Obama ignores question about Putin piece; pushes diplomacy on Syria chemical weapons.  If Vladimir Putin wanted to get America’s attention, he’s done a pretty good job.

The Russian president’s opinion piece arguing against military intervention in Syria, published on The New York Times’ website late Wednesday, set off a flurry of reactions — some outraged, some impressed, and some just plain bemused.

Putin said he wrote the article “to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders.”

White House stated:   America is exceptional.

But he appeared to have raised some hackles with the last paragraph in which he disputed the idea of American exceptionalism.

It was a reference to President Barack Obama’s address on Tuesday night, in which he said that while America can’t be a global cop, it ought to act when in certain situations.

“That’s what makes us exceptional,” Obama said. “With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.”

Putin’s answer to that?

“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation,” he wrote.

And my question is:  Why not?  Why is this extremely dangerous to encourage people to stretch themselves to the limit by words of encouragement.  Is it “that he is the one who is afraid the Russian people would run him out on a rail?”

World reaction

He concluded with the line, “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

Yes, that is true – but those people who are strong will carry the weak and the down-trodden.”  That is where democracy beats down the dictatorship that he is encouraging – he does not encourage people to reach for the stars – his reaction is – the people can only reach as far as he dictates because he makes up the limitations.  Putin needs to read the rest of the story to – God created us equal.

The White House shrugged off the fuss around Putin’s jabs at Obama, describing them as “irrelevant.”

Obama himself ignored a question about the op-ed on Thursday. His chief spokesman, Jay Carney, said that Putin has a right to his opinion, noting that America is an exceptional nation.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi questioned Putin’s views on equality.

“What I found interesting was the closing — when he says when we pray to God he judges us all – I don’t know exactly what his words are but he says `we are all God’s children.’ I think that’s great. I hope it applies to gays and lesbians in Russia as well,” Pelosi said.

Putin signed a law earlier this year that bans public discussion of gay rights and relationships where children might hear it. Violators can be fined and, if they are foreigners, deported.

‘Hey Putin’

There are others who took issue with Putin’s view.

“Hey Putin, next time you wanna write a letter to convince America about something, how about you skip saying we’re not exceptional – rude,” tweeted Sarah Rumpf, a political consultant in Texas.

Is the U.S. really No. 1?  Who decides who is No. 1?  Anyone can think they are No. 1 if it makes you feel better and encourages you to be better person or achieve higher limits.

Russia’s wars

The Russian president also annoyed some people by warning against military action without U.N. Security Council approval.

“Man who launched military action in Georgia and Chechnya without UN say-so says wars without it are illegal?” tweeted the journalist John Podhoretz.

A report commissioned by the European Union said that Georgia illegally started the war with Russia in 2008 but that the Russian response, which involved occupying large parts of Georgian territory, also violated international law.

The two wars between Russian forces and separatists in Chechnya are widely considered to be internal conflicts.

Some Twitter users unearthed a previous op-ed that Putin wrote for the Times about the Chechen war in 1999.

Putin, then the prime minister of Russia, struck a different tone in which he sought to explain Russia’s military action.

“No government can stand idly by when terrorism strikes,” he wrote. “It is the solemn duty of all governments to protect their citizens from danger.”

“Not a word on UN or Pope or Int’l law,” Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer at The New Yorker, commented about the 1999 article. (Putin mentions the pope in his op-ed this week as being among those opposed to a U.S. strike against Syria.)

Senator’s stomach turns.

The overall tone of Putin’s latest broadside was too much for Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who said he read the article at dinner on Wednesday.

“I almost wanted to vomit,” he said. “I worry when someone who came up through the KGB tells us what is in our national interests and what is not. It really raises the question of how serious the Russian proposal is.”

But plenty of people seemed to think Putin had scored points against Obama.

“I think it’s sad to see him acting with more common sense and humanity than Obama,” said Ashton Blazer.

“Putin made a compelling, though disingenuous, case against military strikes. Its effectiveness shows how badly Pres Obama was outmaneuvered,” tweeted Marc Lamont Hill.

Others saw it in less subtle terms.

“Putin diplomatically serves it to Pres. Obama in the last paragraph. Can’t believe the New York Times ran this,” wrote Mary F. Mueller.

For some people, the tension between the two presidents has become a spectacle in its own right.

My question is, is all of this for show between the two?  After having toured Russia, Putin needs to mix up a little democracy which includes freedom and capitalism so that his people can reach for the stars.  About the only way his people can reach for the stars now is trying to catch them when they are blasting out in space – because Putin is  the only person who will be allowed to reach for the stars!

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