|This editorial appears in the November 1, 2013 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
When Barack Obama chose to include a reference to "American exceptionalism" in his Sept. 14 announcement that he would postpone a military strike against Syria, he set off a firestorm of protest. Russia's President Putin, not surprisingly, took caustic aim at Obama's claim, which he probably correctly interpreted as the President's attempt to justify his Administration's violations of international law.
But, as Lyndon LaRouche and his movement have elaborated at length, there is a legitimate claim to American Exceptionalism, stemming from the genesis and history of our republic. In his Oct. 25 webcast, LaRouche himself answered a question from Russia on the issue:
Obama, of course, has not been the only ugly blot on the anti-oligarchical tradition of the United States. From our very outset, our Founding Fathers found themselves at war within their own country, against those who had been corrupted with oligarchical ideas, such as slavery, monetarism, and plain old corruption. Indeed, Presidents who adhered to the anti-oligarchical ideas known as the American System have been a minority in our history, and too often, the victims of assassination, such as Lincoln and Kennedy.
Since the assassination of Kennedy, the dominance of the oligarchical factor in American politics, economy, and thinking has increasingly prevailed. Those who were most vigorous in trampling the real principles of the American Constitution into the dustNewt Gingrich comes to mindhave at the same time, been the most vociferous in claiming the mantle of "American Exceptionalism."
These evil fools must be cast out of power in American political life, starting with the President overripe for impeachment, Barack Obama.