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Entry Title Date
Climate Change January 11, 2016
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"And 2015 showed some signs of political courage, dignity, and responsibility. Republican Congressman Bob Inglis took a beating at the hands of the fossil fuel industry, but he did not give up the fight. Our colleague Lindsey Graham ran for the Republican nomination on a sensible climate change platform. He and other Senate colleagues have started a little Senate Republican study group. Twelve House Republicans, led by Congressman Chris Gibson of New York, broke with their party’s Orthodoxy and sponsored a resolution committing to address climate change by promoting ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism. It is not much yet, but it is a start. It is a turn."
Egypt Talking Points January 11, 2016
Steve King, R-IA
"I am one who, I think you know, Mr. Speaker, has great reverence for our constitutional values and the pillars of American exceptionalism, the underpinnings that make this a great nation. One of the things that we have been able to do as a great nation is be able to inspire others."
Executive Overreach And The Separation Of Powers December 17, 2015
Ben Sasse, R-NE
"This is what American exceptionalism means—not that there is something unique about Americans distinct from people in any other place, but that the American idea is premised on rejecting the idea that the King is the one who is free. The King, after all, had an army, and you didn’t, and he could use his power however he wished. His subjects—remember they were not called citizens; they were subjects—were dependent. If they wanted to open a business, to start a church, to publish a book, then they needed to ask the King for permission. All that was not mandatory was forbidden unless the King gave you an exception, unless the King gave you a carve-out, unless the King gave you a waiver."
Future Forum: Climate Change December 16, 2015
Eric Swalwell, D-CA
"Congressman Boyle, what about American exceptionalism? Are we any less capable than Germany or Denmark or any of these other countries of addressing climate change?"
Freedoms Enshrined In The Constitution December 8, 2015
Ben Sasse, R-NE
"This town’s conversations are so often so completely disconnected from the people. Do you want to know what people calling my office and stopping me in the grocery store—since Paris and now since San Bernardino—want to talk about? They want to talk about what Sharia law is and how many Muslims actually believe in it. It is a fair question for moms to ask. They want to talk about American exceptionalism. They want to know what we are for, what we are against, and what do we unite around. We should talk more about these things. For a minute tonight let’s just step briefly beyond the media cycle and look at where we stand. This is a clash of civilizations. This is a fight between free people and a totalitarian movement. Let me say clearly that recognizing a clash of civilizations is not at all to want one, but recognizing one is simply the truth in this matter."

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