Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Marco Rubio versus Barack Obama on America Exceptionalism

Barack Obama, when asked if he believed in American Exceptionalism, famously replied that he "believe[d] in American exceptionalism, just as I imagine that Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism and the British believe in British exceptionalism." As Michael Barone put it: "In other words, not at all."

Marco Rubio, on the other hand, not only believes in American Exceptionalism but lives it every day. The son of poor (legal) immigrants, he is a week away from becoming a US Senator.

The irony is that America is the kind of country in which a black man like Barack Obama can become president, yet he fails utterly to appreciate what is good about America. On the contrary, Obama wants to "fundamentally transform the United States of America."

Obama's fellow Americans do not wish to become like European socialists like he does. They want to remain free Americans. Good for them. No wonder they will vote for Marco Rubio in Florida and, I venture to predict, someday across America for election to an even higher office.

The issues could not be more stark in this election: socialist ideology versus American exceptionalism. Today it is Republican candidates for congress running against the Obama/Reid/Pelosi agenda. But in 24 months it will be someone like Marco Rubio running against Obama himself. Obama should watch what happens on Nov. 2 if he wants to see a preview of his own fate.

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