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Friday, November 05, 2004

American Exceptionalism - The message of Tuesday's Verdict
Victory Davis Hanason has a different, a more positive view of what Tuesday's election means than did AsiaTimes Spengler and other foreign media, as well as even some of our own.

Despite losing the majority of state legislatures and governorships, the U.S. Congress, the presidency, and soon the Supreme Court, our anointed elite still doesn't quite get it. Middle America can be amused by, but still despise, Michael Moore. It can be uneasy with the pessimistic reporting from Iraq, but still be very much willing to finish the war and win at all costs. It may enjoy a trip to Europe, but does not wish to emulate the French, Germans, or Greeks.

The East and West Coasts and the big cities may reflect the sway of the universities, the media, Hollywood, and the arts, but the folks in between somehow ignore what the professors preach to their children, what they read in the major newspapers, and what they are told on TV. The Internet, right-wing radio, and cable news do not so much move Middle America as reflect its preexisting deep skepticism of our aristocracy and its engineered morality imposed from on high.

The rest of the world does not understand the United States, preferring the lay at our doorsteps the blame for all the world's ills, as ell as the reason for the Islamic Jihad. What else is new.


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