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Whataboutism v. Exceptionalism

Terry Murphy

Posted on April 19, 2019 08:17

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Of all the vagaries and wanton things that Trump has laid upon our societal table, Whataboutism is the darkest and the stickiest. Sticky because at its molten core is laziness and this is the demon that haunts us, individually and collectively in our efforts to achieve.

Whataboutism poses that we need only look about us, nationally, globally, historically and find people and events that are operating at a lower level than ourselves. We need only point to them and we are then somehow raised above. We are then better. Heck, we may even be the best of the worst, if we think about it. But don’t think too long or hard. 

Whataboutism does not bear well under scrutiny.  In fact it requires just a brief graze of thought and then a quick moving on to the next shiny thing, or loud thing, or anything.

Exceptionalism, American Exceptionalism, in its present incarnation, is an aspiration. It is the notion that we are called to a higher modulation; that we are called to conduct ourselves according to morals and concepts of right and wrong that transcend our daily wants, our service of self. That very aspiration is what is at stake. Do we not aspire to be better than we are today? Have we abandoned that notion?

The 116th congress must impeach President Trump. We owe that to ourselves, as a nation. We owe this to our future Americans and to the world. Will we hand our children American Exceptionalism or American Whataboutism? I want no part in the latter. That would be our abject failure, as Americans. 

Terry Murphy

Posted on April 19, 2019 08:17

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