Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
I never thought I’d be praising the American politician for honesty. But I’m obliged to do. I listened carefully to Hillary Clinton’s pre-election speech devoted to international politics, and I must say that she gave a royal gift to the whole Kremlin propaganda. Dmitry Kiselyov can safely go on vacation. Why have five-minutes of hatred towards the US on TV, when on TV you can simply twist selected quotes from Hillary Clinton’s speech?
Here everything is so beautiful that I don’t even know how to comment on it without facepalming. The floor is to the patient:
“The United States is an exceptional nation. I believe we are still Lincoln’s last, best hope of Earth. We’re still Reagan’s shining city on a hill. We’re still Robert Kennedy’s great, unselfish, compassionate country.”
If the United States is the last hope of our planet, then it’s a pity for the planet. Well, I propose to discuss the issue of the US’ altruism and compassion with the residents of Serbia or Syria. They can reveal many interesting things on this topic.
And now attention! Hillary Clinton revealed the secret of why Americans are an exceptional nation. The argument is striking in its depth. Again, the patient takes the floor:
“And it’s not just that we have the greatest military or that our economy is larger than any on Earth. It’s also the strength of our values, the strength of the American people. […] And part of what makes America an exceptional nation, is that we are also an indispensable nation.”
Let’s do some fact checking. For a start it is worth noting that Hillary Clinton is lying when she says that the US has the largest economy on the planet. In terms of the parity in purchasing power, the US economy is already behind China’s economy. And about the greatness of the US army, I would not give such complementary assessments. The greatness of an army, by the way, is not determined by its ability to suppress the indigenous people with “Tomahawks” from a safe distance or shoot at weddings with drones.
And, about American values, I would like to clarify: what specific values does Mrs. Clinton mean. Perhaps rights for gay-parades and same-sex marriage? Or the ability for Americans to kill children, whom they adopted in Russia and to not be responsible for it in law? Or maybe we are talking about freedom of enterprise for businessmen like Browder and Khodorkovsky? I give up trying to guess, but for some reason none of these American values seem attractive, and certainly none of them are suitable as an argument in favor of the exceptionalism of the American nation.
We can consider this snippet as the apotheosis of Hillary Clinton’s speech:
“In fact, we are the indispensable nation. People all over the world look to us and follow our lead. My friends, we are so lucky to be Americans. It is an extraordinary blessing. It’s why so many people, from so many places, want to be Americans too.”
I’d point out that according to statistics, the average American, if we call a spade a spade, is a poorly educated fat man sitting on antidepressants. I do not want to become an American. Do you want to? You wake up every day with the idea that it would be cool to be John Smith from Brooklyn? Go ahead, write in the comments. I’m really interested in your opinion.
I’m not a psychiatrist, of course, but after listening to Mrs Clinton’s speech, I have a suspicion that she has delusions of grandeur. And also I wonder, what is the actual difference between her speech about the exceptionalism of the United States and the famous poem by Kipling on the white man’s burden, which, in the West, has long been considered as a model of propaganda of imperialism and nationalism. In fact – there isn’t one. The only difference is that the spin doctor and PR man Kipling was much more talented than the speechwriters of Clinton, and he worked for a more demanding public. And Mrs Clinton may go down in history as a US President that did not hesitate to openly use Nazi rhetoric in her election campaign.
Here would be good to ask our homegrown liberals, as far as the rhetoric about the exceptionalism of a nation harmonize with liberal values. But, unfortunately, it makes no sense. Our liberals are too busy grant-consuming to pay attention to the cannibalistic speeches of those who pay them money. But us, we must draw the right conclusions and to always remember that with Hillary Clinton and other preachers of American exceptionalism it is possible to only speak from a position of force, and it means we need to increase spending on the army and weapons. Otherwise we will be simply destroyed in the glory of the exceptional American nation.
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