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‘AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM’ Means We Will DEFEND Our Rights No Matter What

American Exceptionalism isn’t a statement of pride; it’s a verifiable statistic. Watching Democrats and even Donald Trump mumble through their misunderstanding of this phrase makes those of us who know what it means catch our breath in revulsion.

Put simply, American Exceptionalism means of all the countries that have ever existed in world history, the United States of America is the only one that started with the acknowledgement that man is born with inalienable rights, rights granted us by God Himself.

The Constitution didn’t grant us these rights. The states didn’t. Your local councilman didn’t. All the Constitution did was formally codify these rights, state that we inherently own them upon our birth and citizenship, and declare unequivocally that government cannot take them away without due process. That’s the exception. We are the only country founded on this principle.

So this isn’t pride, it’s fact. When Barack Obama or Donald Trump claim Britain believes in its own exceptionalism, or that the Russian people may get offended if we say we’re better than they, both of them are revealing a large and dangerous lack of knowledge about how our country works.

Tell me: Since freedom isn’t a swell idea that was introduced to us a few generations ago but is in fact an inherent right, what do our elite overlords think is going to happen when they try to take away a big one? A number of individual liberties have been stripped already. We are no longer free to practice our religion (refusing services for gay weddings) and we’re being prosecuted for our speech (subpoenas for opposing man-made global warming). I’m sincerely surprised there hasn’t been an armed revolution so far. But what’s going to happen when these evil people try to take away our guns?

There’s a saying that has been attributed to Isoroku Yamamoto, Japan’s famous Imperial Navy commander during World War II: You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass. While sources cannot confirm if Yamamoto really said this, the warning has become folklore. And why not? Roughly 90 out of 100 Americans own a gun, so that’s roughly 300,000,000 million firearms in the hands of private citizens, with trillions in estimated rounds of ammunition. Like the beloved Princess Bride villain Vizzini who said, “never get involved in a land war in Asia,” I recommend that same warning for anyone considering invading the continental US. We have impressive numbers.

The Second Amendment wasn’t established for hunting; it says nothing of muskets. It speaks only of the right to keep and bear arms, and was and will always be intended as a means for Americans to ensure our inalienable right of self-defense against invaders as well as against a government which, by its nature, is prone to tyranny.

Gun grabbers, just so you know, there are over 1,300,000 men and women in our great military, and over 800,000 in the reserves. The vast majority of these love their country like their patriotic, civilian counterparts. Many of them also own guns. If you decide to proceed with removing due process or slapping gun control under the questionable operations of the Department of Homeland Security, at least be aware of the odds against you.

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Michael Cummings

Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.