A really good conversation on a myriad of topics has been brewing on the Sunday Open Thread, so I thought we would continue the conversation here.
My partner Mitch had a good post I would like to respond to, and that is our dependence on foreign oil, the need to transition to a greener energy platform, and American exceptionalism, so here goes:
1. We import most of our oil from Canada & Mexico, so the notion that we are still “dependent” on foreign oil is a fallacy. We also have discovered over the last few years enough domestic reserves that we could completely get by without ME oil if we had the political will. That’s a big IF. I do agree with Mitch though that ultimately, we need to transition to a more sustainable, more eco friendly energy platform.
2. American exceptionalism – I think we should all be extremely proud of the fact that this country has done more for personal freedoms and individual civil rights than any other country on this planet in just 236 years – and that is what American exceptionalism is all about. It’s not that we are better people, but our form of governance, our Constitution, and our free enterprise system has allowed for the highest standard of living, the most civil rights and the most individual freedoms both economically and socially than has been afforded to any individual ever. That is why people are still flocking to this country both legally and illegally. Let’s not lose sight of that.