Is America exceptional or not? Which position would you take? And what does American exceptionalism even mean?
"Listen to this from Hillary Clinton after eight years of an apology tour. Listen to what Hillary Clinton actually had the guts to say," Glenn said Friday on his radio program.
HILLARY: He said very clearly that he thinks American exceptionalism is insulting to the rest of the world. In fact, when Vladimir Putin, of all people, criticized American exceptionalism, my opponent agreed with him, saying, and I quote, if you're in Russia, you don't want to hear that America is exceptional.
"She's known to be a liar. There's no way that that actually happened, and I cannot believe that the Democrat is taking the American exceptionalism position. Here's what Donald Trump actually said," Glenn said.
DONALD: I don't like the term, I'll be honest with you. And people are going to say, "Oh, he's not patriotic." Look, if I'm a Russian or if I'm a German or if I'm a person we do business with, why -- you know, I don't think it's a very nice term. "We're exceptional; you're not." First of all, Germany is eating our lunch. So they'd say, "Why are you exceptional? We're doing a lot better than you." I never liked the term. And perhaps that's because I don't have a very big ego and I don't need terms like that.
"All that's progressive think," Co-host Pat Gray said. "Because you're saying something about yourself, and you're not saying something about the idea of America."
The term "American exceptionalism" came about in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It had nothing to do with American people being better than any other people. It had to do with the idea and concept of America because it allowed exceptionalism.
"People would come here with nothing, and they would change the world. They would gain everything," Glenn said.
"Because of the opportunity we provided them," Pat added.
"It's the laws that we had, the Constitution. The stability of the Constitution has made us exceptional, not the people. What the people are able to do because of the Constitution," Glenn said.
That's why conservatives were so offended when Obama went on his so-called apology tour, saying America was no more exceptional than any other country when he addressed graduates at West Point.
OBAMA: I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.
"Conservatives could not get their arms around the idea that a president would say I don't believe in American exceptionalism. It was a first," Glenn said.
And now Hillary Clinton, who was part of Obama's administration for eight years, tries taking the high ground and tout American exceptionalism.
"Let me ask you this -- the theory -- and I've heard this from several people and some conservative icons, that conservatives are better off with Donald Trump because he's able to take us where we all should be anyway," Glenn said.
"Like to show us we're not exceptional," Pat scoffed.
"This is progressive thinking entirely. And this case was made after the amnesty thing: Look, only Donald Trump could take conservatives to a point to where they are just going to, you know, have amnesty. And everybody else couldn't get that done. But he has done it in a way where now finally we're on the right path for amnesty," Glenn said.
Evidently, we were just too stupid to figure it out before.
"So, did you actually believe in American exceptionalism in the past, or were you only mad at Barack Obama because he said it as a Democrat?" Glenn asked.
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