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Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, join Newt Gingrich and Van Jones in the Crossfire to debate President Obama's plan in Syria.
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Pletka: Obama engineered worst of worlds
Van Jones and Danielle Pletka get into a headed debate about President Obama's leadership.
Gingrich: Putin another dictator and thug
Newt Gingrich asks why Americans should take Putin seriously.
Van Jones: America is exceptional
Van Jones and Newt Gingrich agree on the fact that the United States is an exceptional nation.
Read the live blog and at crossfirelive.cnn.com and see the results of the viewer vote.
America used to be an exceptional country, but no longer. We are selfish and ignorant. People used to come here to work. Now they come here to live on welfare and not work. Our president is a disgrace to this country. We don't have any self respect. Our government is corrupt. Hard working individuals and families get their money taken from them and it is given to the lazy individuals and pregnant teens that get away with sitting around and doing nothing.
What makes the United States exceptional? That term is thrown around and needs to be defined.
This country is exceptional because it was founded on the enlightenment principles of individual rights, representative government (we are a constitutional republic not a democracy), and free market capitalism. These principles led to achievement and prosperity beyond anything dreamed of previously. Any society that fully implements them will be successful.
We are equal under the law because we have rule of law with individuals treated equally under those laws. Yes, slavery poisoned the young country and led to a massive civil war and we still bear many scars and problems that started then. Over time individuals of more groups have been included as citizens. But it was not and is not the drive toward equality that makes us exceptional. Each of us has different talents and situations. We will have differing results.
Liberty leads to achievement and prosperity. Regulation, cronyism, taxation, and government social engineering hamper all the forces that have achieved so much and made us all better off. Actual equality is not possible and the attempt to get there destroys those forces.
The choice is respect for individual rights or attempts at various utopian dreams treated as more important than those rights or outright crony politics that turns us into warring classes rather than free people trading with one another. We are not as free as we have been and are moving in the wrong direction with predictable results.
Didn't Dr King say something about judging individuals by their character not by their other associations like skin color? Where is equality? Individual respect is not the same thing at all.
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Author, documentary filmmaker, historian, Speaker of the House (1995-1999), and 2012 Republican presidential candidate
Fmr. Obama Deputy Campaign Mgr. and W.H. Sr. Adviser, founder of Precision Strategies, fmr. Sr. Adviser to Maj. Leader Reid and Sen. Kennedy
Conservative columnist for New York Daily News, contributing editor at Townhall Magazine, commentator and author
Former Special Adviser for Green Jobs under President Obama, co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, author and attorney
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