Every week I attend graduate level courses where I am surrounded by self described communist professors and extremely naive adults who constantly pontificate about the concept of “American-exceptionalism” in the classroom. Social studies educators in the course bloviate that American students are getting an American-centric education. American students they say need to learn to become better “global citizens”. It may sound harmless but believe me, it is not. As a social studies teacher we are told that we should introduce our students to the “people’s” books of American-haters like Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky. We are told this is teaching students to think critically and is introducing them to “alternative perspectives”. These re-educators believe that American students have been taught stories of American greatness and that now it is their time and responsibility to correct the record, and believe me, they try to do just that.

The subject of Obama’s remarks today about American and European attitudes is reflective of the re-education that is prevalent within the educational culture.

Obama’s remarks.

“In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world, instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America’s showed arrogance.”

“In Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans chose to blame America for much of what’s bad,”

I will refrain from debating the minutia of what I believe to be key flaws in his statement. I guess it is nice to see that he isn’t afraid to lecture the world and scold them as well. Good thing he left his ruler at home.


Barack Obama’s rhetoric is part of the school of thought I wrote about above. Barack Obama has learned and believes America is part of a global community and as such should not seek to be exceptional in the world. Americans should feel guilt and resentment for our successes and America should recognize “Europe’s leading role in the world”, to not do so is an act of arrogance.

President Obama knows that he has been elected by the American people, but, he also believes that his election was a global mandate. The roaring crowds and hysteria that follow him on his International Lampoon’s European vacation only reinforces what he already believes about himself, that he is not only here to “Change” America, but every nation in his path. The equal distribution of mediocracy has been the policy oversees, and now, so it seems, will need to be the policy domestically as well if we are going to become one with our global neighbors. Anything else would be arrogant.

I liked it better when Mohamed Ali was King of the World.