Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

EXCEPTIONAL…and just what does that mean?

A couple of blogs earlier, the topic was about whether we could trust Mr. Putin and Russia to be open and honest about Syrian chemical weapons.   Today,  I would like to tell Mr. Putin why our President mentioned “exceptional” in his recent address.  Promptly, Mr. Putin, wrote about the “exceptional” remark in his article in the N.Y Times as follows:

“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

We have no question about the last part, for God did make us all equal…but what we have done with that equality has been up to us.

The MacMillan Dictionary describes “exceptional as extremely good or impressive in a way that is unusual.”    I like this definition because it does not say “superior”…or other words that sound egotistical.    

Below are two videos of what America is made of and what makes Americans exceptional. Please do not lecture us, Mr. Putin,  on what “exceptional” means. We know what it means:

  • Going the extra mile
  • Reaching out to the people around the world who are hurting
  • Fighting for the rights of nations to know freedom when they are willing to die for it.
  • Believing that we are “our brother’s keeper” regardless of religion, race, creed
  • The selfless acts of heroism by  firemen, police and others  who respond during tragic events….not thinking of themselves or their own safety.

If we lose our desire to excel and to be the best or better than others in any initiative ….we become what your country has a history of doing…putting everyone in a common mold. It has only been in recent history that Russia has tried some of the things that democracy holds dear.  Keep on trying for as you know, Communism did not work.  We do not see a “danger” in reminding others that exceptional is a good word not a bad one.

Oliver North’s speech on “What we do as Americans…”  You can say “exceptional”

Mr. Putin, how often does Aeroflot (Russian airlines) do what you will see below when one of your own dies?   This is “exceptionality” in action as only one of the many things Americans do when freedom and patriotism mix.   I would ask as you look at this to notice that these are mostly Delta personnel, the pilots and the people standing at the airport when just one of our brave soldiers comes home to a final resting place.    Only two in the group are military escorts.

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