What happens in a society where TRUTH has little value? What happens when disinformation and propaganda feed and spread ignorance? What happens when the media can be bought and purchased to push a particular ideology? What happens when the resulting ignorance spreads hate and fear? The guarantee of Free Speech—subject to established limitations on Defamation—is so fundamental to society, how can we combat the intentional deception of our citizens? Is it even possible to overcome the propaganda?
Why would any Congressperson choose to risk further degradation of the U.S. credit rating and harm to our economy, future, and reputation? Have they not sworn an oath to the U.S. Constitution and to faithfully execute their office?
We need to throw this amorphous phrase “American Exceptionalism,” into the scrap heap of history, and never attempt to take advantage of its known ambiguity. If we are the great country we claim we are, then we must always pursue peace first, and not worry about who gets to take credit.