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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 12:43 PM

Unexceptionalism: A Primer by E.L. Doctorow

TO achieve unexceptionalism, the political ideal that would render the United States indistinguishable from the impoverished, traditionally undemocratic, brutal or catatonic countries of the world, do the following:

PHASE ONE

If you’re a justice of the Supreme Court, ignore the first sacrament of a democracy and suspend the counting of ballots in a presidential election.

PHASE TWO

If you’re one of the conservative majority of a refurbished Supreme Court, rule that corporations, no less than human beings, have the right under the First Amendment to express their political point of view.

PHASE THREE

Given corporate control of legislative bodies, enact laws to the benefit of corporate interests. For example, those laws sponsored by weapons manufacturers wherein people may carry concealed weapons and shoot and kill anyone by whom they feel threatened.

PHASE FOUR -
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/unexceptionalism-a-primer.html

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Response to lady lib (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 01:07 PM

1. The perfect distillation of everything we've been saying on DU

since Dubya was selected.

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Response to lady lib (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 02:04 PM

2. Read Ragtime and Billy Bathgate - same corruption, newer technology.

Nothing exceptional about a process of moral decline in country that hasn't had any morals for at least 100 years.

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Response to lady lib (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 10:02 PM

3. Saw that today

 

It was a good reminder of the dark days under the Bush regime.

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Response to lady lib (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 09:44 AM

4. My response had to be a column!

 

My response was a column: http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5093

"Unexceptionalism" requires a non-simpleton response......

--Berryman.

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