Wednesday, April 22, 2015

American Exceptionalism

There was a letter to the editor in the Providence Journal on Friday, Apr 3, "Students right to defend their pride in America ", which said in part: "Moreover, if the fools to whom we entrust our posterity’s education can’t let go of their screwball ideological positions long enough to actually teach our kids the truth about who we are and what we stand for as a nation, then maybe it’s time to get some new teachers!".

It reminded me of an incident which happened many decades ago when my children were small.  My middle daughter came home crying because she told us that our next door neighbor's son fought with her and beat her up.

I called the neighbor and told her that her boy beat up on my daughter and came home in tears.  Her response was that she would always support her son, no matter what, right or wrong.

Sounds like the letter writer believes the same thing about our country. The great truth about our country is that when we find something wrong we are willing to fix it. I don't believe that's a "screwball ideological position".

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