US Women’s Soccer Team Celebrates American Exceptionalism, The World Whines In Response
Via Wikipedia, here is their definition of American Exceptionalism:
American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States is different from other countries in that it has a specific world mission to spread liberty and democracy. In this view, America's exceptionalism stems from its emergence from a revolution, becoming "the first new nation," and developing a uniquely American ideology, based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism and populism. This observation can be traced to Alexis de Tocqueville, the first writer to describe the United States as "exceptional" in 1831 and 1840. Historian Gordon Wood has argued, "Our beliefs in liberty, equality, constitutionalism, and the well-being of ordinary people came out of the Revolutionary era. So too did our idea that we Americans are a special people with a special destiny to lead the world toward liberty and democracy."
It seems the Gold Medal winning U.S. Women's soccer team has some unique ways of celebrating their victories and "the world" doesn't much care for it. Take a look at the screencapped whiny Tweets below the news item uses to make that point.
The US women's soccer team have been criticized before for not being good sports. New Zealand's coach had a few choice words for their choreographed victory dances. Now they are being called out for the shirts they chose to wear on the field after taking the gold from Japan in a close 2-1 bout
The image below of the Gold Medal winning U.S. Women's Soccer Team comes closer to representing the proud and productive America I grew up in, than any apologizing by anyone that might come later. I'd suggest that sense of her stems from a somewhat more traditionalist outlook of America, it's culture, norms and even its politics. However they might weigh in here, today's progressives strike me as American apologists who, all things being equal, will feel compelled to join the tongue cluckers above spouting nonsense about world equality, or some such.
I could even argue that Election 2012 has very much to do with which of these outlooks prevails in this country and guides its future. Judge for yourself how the contrasting images strike you and what they say about America. But I'd settle for this representation of her on the national stage any day of the week.