LETTERS: American exceptionalism is just that

US is exceptional

I was disappointed to read Stephen Walt's viewpoint in the Gwinnett Daily Post, ("Five myths about 'American exceptionalism," Oct. 30, 6A), although I was not surprised at his views once I saw he is a professor of international affairs at Harvard.

There is an old saying, "The dog that wins the fight is the one you feed." The Apostle Paul said it differently in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things." It is quite clear that Mr. Walt feeds the anti-American dog and his focus in on what is wrong with America.

I know firsthand about America's exceptionalism, having lived in Korea and Germany for more than five years while serving in the U.S. Army. I've seen the impact that America's capitalism makes when compared to the failed Communist regimes in North Korea and East Germany. I've seen what happens to countries when belief in God is replaced by belief in government.

American exceptionalism is just that -- exceptional. The left-wing professors who teach our precious children would have you believe America is imperialistic. Nothing could be further from the truth. Having built a military force of more than 3 million for World War II, once the war was over, we dismantled our military, our ships, our tanks and returned to a peaceful nation. We did kill many Germans and Japanese civilians in our attempt to end the war in Europe and Asia and save American lives. As Gen. Robert E. Lee said, "It is well that war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it."

For a detailed argument for American exceptionalism, I urge the Daily Post to find Bill Whittle's (www.PJTV.com) excellent piece and report that for the other side of the story.

In summary, America does have many faults. It just happens to be better than any other country in the world. And I choose to focus on the good.-- Don Kemp


E-SPLOST deserves to be renewed

I am writing to encourage a renewal of the Gwinnett County Schools' Education Splost. As a Duluth homeowner, parent of young children, local attorney and someone who cares about the future of our community, the renewal of the Education Splost is essential to future success in local property values, education, and business.

The extension of the E-SPLOST will raise $875 million for our children's education -- and 40 percent of that will be paid by non-residents who shop here.

The Education Splost vote is a renewal vote, not a new tax. Voting yes honors the promises which have been made, and kept, by the Gwinnett County school system. They have delivered educations as well as facilities with the funds entrusted to them. The E-Splost renewal is critical to continuing educational excellence in Gwinnett County.

The success of our educational system has a direct link to property values and whether businesses locate here. I encourage you to make an informed vote to renew the E-SPLOST on Nov. 8.-- Matt Reeves