Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

American Exceptionalism Dead?

During the past five years, we've experienced frustration and disappointment with the way our country is headed. It was not just the usual anti-America practices from organizations like the KKK, the ACLU, the atheists, the socialists, the Muslims and similar groups that been around for much too long, but worrisome trends like lying, lack of justice, out-of-control spending, disregard for personal liberties and things that are just plain wrong.

For example; before all his health insurance nonsense came up, we knew that approximately 12 million Americans were without health-care coverage. But, in order to ram through Obamacare, the libs boldly stated that there were 30 million without health care insurance. As recently as last week, President Obama said on national TV that there were "over 41 million" without the healthcare that his plan would help. It seems that the figure increases in direct proportion to the failure of Obamacare. When will the lying end?

It may not be well-known, but Obama gave himself lifetime secret service protection. Does he think he'll really need it for his whole lifetime? Or does he secretly plan to extend his monarchy for life? He also signed executive orders giving himself the right to declare martial law anytime, taking control over everything in this country - not only the military, which he already controls, but also all the water, all the land, all transportation, all the banks and all private property.

Then we went through the bailouts of GM, Solyndra, the Czars, the awarding of 250 billion dollars to the International Monetary Fund, his wife's "secretaries", bypassing the Cap and Trade Act via executive order, Fast and Furious, refusing to secure our borders, Benghazi and much, much, more, ad nauseum. His foreign policies, if we can call them that, only exaggerate his feeble, but dangerous, mindset.

By the way, we now know how the contract to build the Healthcare.gov website for Obamacare sign-up was awarded. The lady named Toni Townes-Whitley, senior vice-president at CGI Federal, is a Princeton classmate of Michelle Obama. They are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni. George Schindler, President of the Canadian-based CGI Group, became an Obama 2012 Campaign donor when his company was given the website contract. This contract cost us $678 million and it failed miserably. Instead of withholding payment for a product that didn't work, the Obama administration extended an additional amount, reportedly of equal value, to fix it.

A competitor of CGI recently said he "would be embarrassed to ask for more than one million dollars" to build a site that worked. But we have squandered over a hundred million dollars to a foreign company, for a plan nobody wants, based on the relationship of two sorority sisters and CGI was the only company considered. We can only wonder how much of that money will come back in donations to the Democrats and to Obama's war chest as he schemes to extend his reign to a third and fourth term. Yes, you read that right. But that's a topic for another column.

Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of American families pinch pennies, search for "sales" to stretch their dollars, and our administration blows over a hundred million bucks without asking American companies to bid competitively for the job. A reputable business looking for an outside source, would contact at least three suppliers, perhaps even more, to submit bids with specific time-lines, then would consider all of them very carefully before making the final decision. But this administration shows us again how determined it is to ruin America financially.

But enough of the present situation. Let's plan for this to be just a bad period in our otherwise outstanding history. Let's, instead, focus on America's accomplishments. Our great deeds over history have not been mere accidents. America's strength is a direct result of the wisdom of our founding fathers. It is the fulfillment of their mission, the spread and total enjoyment of freedom and liberty. Their good example and the Constitution they created generously included recognition and gratitude to our Creator for the gift of independence.

That's why so many millions of people throughout the world want to come here. We have been the nation where ordinary people have accomplished extraordinary things. We created the most prosperous industrial culture in the world. This happened because of our freedom. We permitted, even encouraged, talented people to become innovators, inventors, made it easy to start farms and businesses to supply what the marks, not the government, called for.

That practice, over the centuries, has created not only many millionaires, but also a wealthy middle class who believed that hard work would pay off and weren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and do it. Just look at our achievements over the years. We've invented products that have literally changed and improved our lives. Everything from the light bulb, the telephone, the automobile, television, polio vaccine and life-saving drugs and the internet, just to mention a few. There are many, many more.

Internationally, we have rescued Europe twice in major world wars. We also won the war in the Pacific at the same time. We crushed dictators, stopped the growth of Communism and spread freedom. We never asked for anything in return. Just enough land to bury our dead heroes. The world looked to us for leadership and protection. After World War II, we fed and rebuilt Europe under the Marshall Plan. We must not forget the competitive situation we experienced with the Soviet Union which resulted in the U.S. putting a man on the moon. Our space program was second to none. Our heroic president at that time, John F. Kennedy, said we rose to the occasion and won the respect of the world not because it was easy, but because it was hard. More recently, we spread freedom to the middle east and our fierce, brave military took out Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden and gave the Taliban and other enemies something to think about.

But yes, there are some negative people among us who dislike our system. They seethe that capitalism creates wealth, permits us to lead glamorous lives and creates power to some people. These critics display their envy and jealously by condemning America. Even though some of these chronic complainers are financially comfortable, wealthy in their own circles as in academia and Hollywood, they still play the role of a victim and portray themselves as persecuted and impoverished second-class citizens. They scheme to get the government to steal some of the wealth that capitalists have earned through hard work, ingenuity and perseverance.

But American Exceptionalism is not dead and gone. It's just on hold until we get our politics straightened out. There are some things we must do. We have to minimize the influence of the political party that wished this pestilence upon us. We must replace the socialism taught in our schools with patriotism. We have to return to the fundamentals of our founding fathers that made this country great.

So be proud! Stand tall! We will persevere! We're Americans! We're inherently good because we cherish freedom. The best is yet to come.

Vince Vella lives in Minden. He may be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .






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