Fostering American exceptionalism despite current political rhetoric

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  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 9:46 p.m.

    the last time I checked the idea of american excptionalism was political rhetoric.

  • James FFS Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    Chris Stewart will do a great job. He is a great leader and has the experience needed to be a good congressman. I have listened to both candidates and it is a very obvious choice. Chris is much more prepared for the job. I think if you live in the second district you should take the time to look at both candidates. After doing that I am sure you will agree with me. Chris is far more prepared and far more capable of doing the job. Jay just doesn't have what it takes.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 7, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    When people or nations are so troubled and insecure that they have to start clamoring that they are exceptional or superior then one can be sure that there is something wrong in their head and heart.

  • utgopdude CLEARFIELD, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    Seriously? Roland Kayser and Furry1993? Having an opinion on something is tantamount to "free political ads" on the Op-Ed page of this paper? The Deseret News is promoting Chris? What planet are you from? Roland: Did you pay for your comment? Furry1993: Did the Deseret News promote yours?


  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    One little correction is warranted. This is not the first time debt has exceeded GDP. After World War II, our debt, as a percentage of GDP, was significantly higher than it is now. We solved that imbalance by embracing a top tax marginal rate of over 90 percent, which enabled us to pay down our debt, rebuild Europe, send a generation of GI's to college, jumpstart an economic boom, and create a vibrant middle class. And somehow the rich still got richer. Significantly, we didn't have a political party at the time that was worried sick over those poor millionaire job creators.

    As for American exceptionalism, it's simply another name for arrogance and nationalism, which are opposites of patriotism. We can do much good in the world, but that good would be better received if we would stop telling everyone how exceptional we are. There's something about bragging that just turns people off.

  • Black Knight American Fork, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    Roland and Furry:

    Your comments would more appropriately be directed to the NY Times, Washington Post, and MSNBC.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    To Roland Kayser 12:17 a.m. Sept. 7, 2012

    If you've noticed, Roland, the DNews does not only promote Chris Stewart. It also heavily promotes Mitt Romney and Mia Love. This is NOT what a so-called unbiased news source should do. The DNews should either treat all candidates equally or acknowledge that it is an unpaid advertising source for its candidates of choice.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 12:17 a.m.

    Why does the DNews allow candidates to run political ads free of charge on the opinion page?