John Kerry gets ‘a little uptight’ when Americans refer to the U.S. as ‘exceptional’

It is no secret Secretary of State John Kerry has his issues with the United States of America. Need we remind you of his sensational 1971 testimony before Congress about the Vietnam War when he said:

They told stories that, at times, they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam, in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.

Now The Weekly Standard is reporting Kerry has once again commented about America’s role on the global stage during a recent speech in Vienna, Austria. Kerry recalled two commencement addresses he delivered at Yale University, in which he downplayed the United States’ contribution to the world:

…I was privileged to speak to the graduating class of Yale this year, and it was particularly a pleasure because it happened to turn out to be, literally, I hate to say it, 48 years to the day that I was privileged to speak as a graduating senior to my own class. And I talked to them about sort of the world we’re in right now, but at the end I tried to remind them all, which I remind you of, we are – I get always a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are – not because we’re not exceptional, but because it’s kind of in-your-face and a lot of other people are exceptional, a lot of other places do exceptional things.

Needless to say, Glenn had a thing to two to say in response to Kerry’s assertion on radio this morning.

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“By the way, John Kerry, you tell me how many people are currently flooding the borders of Honduras and El Salvador,” Glenn said defiantly. “You tell me… all those nations south of our border are so exceptional that they’re having the United Nations actually come in and say, ‘You have a problem here. You need refugee camps.’ That’s how exceptional they are. Excuse me. The very problem we have on the border proves you to be wrong.”

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  • Anonymous

    Well. John Kerry wasn’t talking about what people coming to America are doing he was talking about how America makes war on people they don’t have to go to war with. He was in the Vietnam war so he knows what he’s talking about when he said he hates when America is called exceptional. That word is also a dirty word because it makes it sound like this whole nation is filled with feeble-minded people. Handicapped people are always called “exceptional” so that word doesn’t do anyone any favors. Maybe there should be another word for America that sounds more positive but means the same thing. There are too many bad connotations with that word. America doing good things shouldn’t even be the exception to the rule it should be the rule.

    • jonsen

      When we refer to America being exceptional, it’s in reference THE SYSTEM that created the most freedom for the largest percentage of it’s population, including personal and religious freedom, and how this liberty was largely responsible for America becoming the world’s preeminent economy for so long. You see, for a huckster like Kerry, who doesn’t believe in personal responsibility or liberty, of course he would find this notion offensive. He is smarter than you and he should be running your life, Of course, he doesn’t want to live under the rules he would like for you,…. but,….

      The left has been nipping and chipping away at this for a century now and it shows. Look around.

      • Anonymous

        Since America having the most freedom is called exceptional then shouldn’t other places that are using this nation as a model also be called exceptional? The Berlin Wall coming down and turning East Germany into what West Gemany always was is still super exceptional.

        • independent thinker

          If they wish to refer to themselves as exceptional then that is their business.

    • Pam Dunn

      He and you are piles of waste product.

    • Crassus

      Yada, yada, yada. You make about as much sense as Ketchup Boy Kerry.

  • landofaahs

    I will agree with Kerry a little. Democrats are not exceptional. They are not even adequate.

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    • Bonnie Somer

      good one. i agree

  • landofaahs

    The only thing exceptional about John Kerry is the “Giant vacuous chasm between his ears”. Jinjus Con.

    • Bill Tilghman

      He should resign if that is true. America is, was and always will be exceptional and he and his ilk had better learn to deal with the reality of that!

  • Sergio Bungholio

    What do you expect? First he’s a liberal progressive. Secondly other than win elections, he’s never really accomplished anything and lastly if there was an accomplishment it was marrying for money

    • landofaahs

      The only thing Kerry is good for is to stick tomatoes in his mouth, put his head in a vise and squeeze until ketchup comes out.

  • Thunderthud

    Yes, America started its slide from exceptionalism on January 20, 2009.

    • Mike

      Nuff said.

  • Bob Meador

    Another Oblunder puppet drinking too much of the free koolaid!!!

  • jonsen

    Ya know it’s actually quite hard to find a bigger douche than BO and Biden, but they did it. Kerry is the ultimate douchebag.

    • Bonnie Somer

      wait along w/holder, schumer durbin and reid

  • Ramin Streets

    If you’re going to quote someone at least interpret what they said correctly. He didn’t say the US is not exceptional. He said that we tend to be obnoxious about how we communicate it to the World. And depending on what topic is up for discussion there are plenty of Nations around the world that are more exceptional then we are (particularly now).

    • jonsen

      he’s been in govt for how long now? he IS who he’s talking about.

    • Pam Dunn

      BUZZ OFF BOZO. It’s the same thing.

      • Ramin Streets

        Sorry, not the same thing. If you were exceptional you’d realize that…

  • Horsecrazy

    I wonder if teresa put’s katsup on that teenie weenie weenie?

    • independent thinker

      More likely horseradish sauce.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, we indeed have exceptional social benefits. Come one come all. Just keep in mind, the gravy train will end.

  • capa760

    Our American borders have some unique and exceptional qualities, which our Patriotic
    legal citizens would enjoy helping Obama, Kerry, Reid, Pelosi, Ayers, and anyone else
    ripping apart America or voting AGAINST our US Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amend-
    ments, US IMMIGRATION LAWS, promoting Unsecured Borders, Corrupted Our US
    Dept. of Education to Common Core’s gross distortion of our Proud US History, our great US citizens and US Presidents building UP the USA, instead of degrading the office and oath of the Oval Office. If You are unhappy with capitalism, free enterprise,
    our freedom to make Our own choices of religion, honest elections, instead of the 3rd
    world communist illegal and disgracefully fiasco, education system of truth and no prejudice, nor abhorrent subjects, the millions of legal American citizens would gladly
    facilitate speedy and permanent EXIT documents as you exit at any of the OUT exits.

  • Pam Dunn

    Kerry is a lying pig and left winger; Too bad his mother skipped “Planned Parenthood”.
    His whole story about Vietnam was a total load of BS, so he LIED to Congress and threw Medals over the white house fence (Turns out they were NOT HIS medals, but ones bought somewhere). He wrote himself up for undeserved Purple Hearts and at the FIRST excuse this ugly coward FLED Vietnam. Him being the Sec of State is like a blob of Cow dung on the honor of the USA.

  • Gdrake

    I get uptight when they refer to you John Kerry as our Secretary of State

  • beast6228

    John Kerry, the man that avoided going to Vietnam, but was later forced to go, once he was finished, he protested the Vietnam war like all of the other worthless hippie cowards did.

    • BlueMN

      That “worthless hippie coward” served as a swift boat commander in Vietnam, earning a silver star, bronze star and 3 purple hearts but I guess that doesn’t count for Teabaggers unless you’re some PTSD nut driving around the Mexican border armed with assault rifle and a poor sense of direction.

      • Anonymous

        We know he can fight – he’s a weasel that has done what it takes to survive. Look at how much destruction he’s caused to America’s name through the years. And what he’s doing – or I should say NOT doing – now. Being a detractor is not an accomplishment.
        Since he can’t recognize how good this country is – or could be (not so since 2009), he should give those medals back!
        And – How dare you insult those fine soldiers who suffer from PTSD. PTSD is never something to make fun of. YOU are the coward here.

      • Anonymous

        You should read how he won those medals that he threw over the White House fence. He barly got scrathes to win his purple hearts that got him out of Nam.

        • Anonymous

          As I remember, he wrote up his own paperwork for those “metals.”

      • Virginia Titterington

        I hope you are aware that two of John Kerry’s purple hearts did not cause enough harm to lose any service days, and the third one only caused him to lose two days of service. Must have been awesome wounds, if you count minor scratches and a minor wound which allowed him to request a stateside transfer (naval personnel wounded three times were allowed to request a transfer out of a combat zone). The bronze star was earned when he pulled a crewman out of the water, and the silver star was earned when he beached his boat in the middle of an ambush in order to chase down a wounded Viet Cong soldier and kill him. Wonder if he shot the Viet Cong soldier in the back. I hardly count those Purple Hearts as anything other than a ticket home for him, and most people don’t self-report getting a splinter as a cause for a Purple Heart. He was out of country in just over four months. Unusual in that time. Also, John Kerry has no respect for others who have served honorably. My son left college to serve on a combat tour. Then John Kerry said that if people were smart enough to go to college, they would never have to serve our country and lay their life on the line. Sir, my husband and son are both college graduates, and my husband is a career man. My son exited the military after 2 enlistments due to injuries he sustained. My husband and son are both smart enough to go to college, graduate, and yet still have enough love of their country to honorably serve. John Kerry, in my opinion, is a coward, a traitor, and lacks respect for those who do “give all.”

        • Command

          Just because you got away without serious bodily harm does not mean you deserve a medal any less. You win these medals for acts of bravery.

  • Anonymous

    Did two tours of Nam. Kerry your nothing, with GODS will you’ll be hanging along with
    the rest of the scumbags who are, or think they are, running this country
    God Bless all you patriots out there and remember, Semper Fi

  • Donnie St

    I love being an American and all that jazz. But I wouldn’t be grounded in reality if I were to say this country was still exceptional. Look around you people America isn’t free anymore. We’ve been bought and sold a long time ago. Compare our bill of rights to many other european countries, I mean hell, alot of other countries like Ireland have the Right to life in their constitution which makes it abortion illegal except in cases of rape, incest and when it would kill the mother. Sure we have 1 right to bear arms others don’t but that will be gone soon. Freedom of Speech is gone now we just have political correctness, Free Press is a joke anymore, all we have is 2 sided propaganda. Religion? Only if you’re the right kind of religion. America has been owned by elitists like the Rothchilds and Rockefellers for quite some time now. It will only be a matter of time before we are in chains. Don’t believe me? Follow the money. Look up how the U.N., IMF, and council on foreign relations was formed and who was behind them. Lookup who ran Wells Fargo, Bank of America and the FED. Look who was the owners of the World trade centers. But oh well call me a conspiracy theorist or whatever but i did my homework.

  • krimekat

    WTF is this?! Kerry is a traitor — I am always PROUD to be An American! Always

  • Anonymous

    John Kerry knows he himself is not exceptional. He knowns he is owned…he knows he just a bought and paid for Marrionette.
    Nothing exceptional about that.
    It grrates Jon Kerry on what conscience he has left. He hates it. He knows there are more exceptional people in the United States than in any other nation….only John Kerry is not one of them. He knows this and he hates it.

  • Charlie1503

    I get a little uptight when this moron opens his mouth.

  • bucketnutz

    John Kerry began his political career as an America hater and advocate of our enemy in Viet Nam. Kerry is a rat and a phony who got his wife and his life fraudulently .

  • Abu Nudnik

    America is exceptional in that it has an exceptional form of limited government and as long as that constitutional government is observed by three co-equal branches, jealous of their powers, checking and balancing the other two branches, America will continue to be exceptional and be in receipt of the blessings that form of government brings. But as soon as we let the the powers become unbalanced we lose that exceptionalism. The right must understand and argue this point. Not jingoism and superiority but exceptionalism. If we don’t, the left will define the terms of the debate and win the same way they won same-sex marriage: by our letting them define the terms. This is another cultural war we cannot afford to lose. So wake up!

    • Donnie St

      Have you seen the American government? It is not limited in any way. Nor is the constitution recognized by any branch of government. Congress delegates it’s powers to private companies(Federal Reserve), Beauracracies(Treasury), and the President himself. The President uses executive powers and regulations to makes laws and to kill the constitution. The Courts, Supreme and lowers ones, makes laws out of thin air via Judicial Activism. So I ask how is America Exceptional again?

  • Guest

    Exceptional-abnormal, unusual, uncommon, extraordinary, special rare, hum how is the us unusual? well from what I can tell places like Russia china n.korea, s.korea, Africa, many south American countries (with rare exceptions of course) are extremely high in poverty, many of these places their enviorment is a nightmare compared to the usa, they have no property rights, hence corporations can come in and steal their land resources sometimes murdering them, other countries do not want illegals and put them in horrible jails where human rights don’t exist, in the us they welcomed with open arms and given benefits they neither earned or paid for,(hey I am for charity and all but this is ridiculous) this country still has some property rights protections and wealth compared to these other countries, you still can worship god freely openly without harassment (except for the occasional disrespectful officer) you can still get medical care if you need it pretty much, you still can drive where ou want live where you want (even tho there are a lot of creeps using heaven knows what tactics to get congress and governors to implement their ideas of agenda 21 to make America just like china or Africa) I can still write what I want say what I want pretty much without prosecution and I can pretty much do what I want with my land (except start a business of course and get wealthy that is a no no, since it is a place of homes where they want privacy quiet and the like which I understand) in china and other places like the middle east you get killed for dissent or believing differently, or coming there illegally stuff like that. so yea America is exceptional, so is England, many European countries anywhere freedom of speech worship and freedom from harassment freedom from unreasonable search and seizure stuff like that still has some merits there.

  • roberta4343

    exceptional-abnormal, unusual, uncommon, special rare, hum America seems to be forced on the spot all usually as the bad guy in the room forgetting that Russia and china and their proxie kingdoms do exactly or worse then the usa does. they use propaganda, wars, colonialism too, they just don’t get the press, when the usa is at war (sometimes it is because there is a real threat other times just greed to get what others have) Russia china and other countries are no angels either. in fact if given a chance Russia and china would take over America and probably kill us all, not that it really matters anyway this worlds days of human rule are numbered. the reality is this pushing and shoving which causes conficts wars, disagreements and harms the people, markets and enviorment, by all governments, the usa is exceptional because it is a empire, 7 th world power of bible prophecy, the one who encourages the people to form a united nations (scarlet colored wild beast) for purposes of peace. they try to unite the world to some kind of compromise to avoid nuclear wars and some serious firepower that leads to mass murder. but it all reminds me of mafia movies where crime families get together to divide up the territory so they can keep making profits and avoid mafia wars. in this case it is criminal governments coming together to divide up the world and achieve some measure of a truce all can agree to. they believe the united nations is the way to achive this truce, the reality is the united nations is exactly what is going to cause the downfall of all governments and their supporters..

  • averagejoseph

    Apparently, Kerry can only say a nation is “exceptional” if none of its citizens have ever done anything wrong. Perhaps there is a nation somewhere that meets that standard, but it’s absolutely certain that if it did, it would never have anything to do with Kerry. It may be that Kerry is acting out due to the psychological trauma when face first melted.

  • Anonymous

    Tired of our government creating crisis to enslave us and our children?

  • CharlyO

    Well, one things for sure, no one will ever consider John Kerry exceptional! Another wealthy looser and on some else’s money at that.

  • Braven Eworld

    Considering civilization’s complexity, we should not be surprised that the malcontents among us cast morals aside, succumb to their savage instincts, and rebel against the civilization they blame for their own unhappiness.

  • Equis

    But John Kerry sure enjoys his advantages and wealth extremely enough that was made available via this great and exceptional nation. What an ignoramus dweeb.

  • Tomas Newtham

    Even though liberty unleashes prosperity, it is relentlessly attacked by those attempting to redefine it from “the absence of coercion” to “the power to coerce”.

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