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Regarding Kim Tallbear’s “Exceptionalism” column [“‘Exceptionalism’ narrative doesn’t jive,” Vol. 28, Iss. 13], which states that “no other nation in the world imprisons the proportion or the sheer number of human beings that we do” and describes Barack Obama as “the most democratically inclined and socially savvy of the two main candidates.”
I take a mild exception to those comments.
As for the first, imprisonment – based on this comment – fails to take into account the various laws, enforcement and reporting of crime, so that on that basis alone Tallbear’s comment is too generalized to arrive at this conclusion.
As for the second, Obama is anything but what is stated in this comment. The most liberal senator in Congress has enough socialist and extremist associates to raise red flags, never practices inclusiveness (as it relates to reaching across the aisle in a bipartisan manner), and based on his speeches and programs seems to espouse socialism more than democracy.
– Jim Greenwald