8. jun. 2008

City upon a hill - amerikansk retorikk

Hillary Clintons artikkel "Security and Opportunity for the Twenty-first Century" i Foreign Affairs, leses her. Den er veldig grei lesning, og oppsummerer vel kort USAs unilaterale utanrikspolitiske kurs siste åra: "The tragedy of the last six years is that the Bush administration has squandered the respect, trust, and confidence of even our closest allies and friends." H. Clinton

For å forstå Clintons retorikk, må ein kjenne til City upon a hill- tankegangen: As Ronald Reagan emphasized, America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere." Sourcewatch.

".. a city on a hill" so brilliantly successful other nations would line up to mirror it. " http://www.beliefnet.com/

"I would argue with you that it is almost impossible for a political candidate to win major office in this country without making his or her `city on the hill' speech," said Charles Haynes, a First Amendment scholar at the Freedom Forum in Arlington, Va. "Almost anyone who wants to lead the nation has to strike that chord to be taken seriously by the American people." ... nobody is going to get elected unless they talk about these myths."
(From Theological Tenet to Political Password. http://www.beliefnet.com/ )

"The idea behind the phrase - of America as a special nation blessed by God - has burrowed so deeply into the American consciousness that some prominent religion scholars and pol-watchers say it is nearly obligatory during Presidential races." Sourcewatch.

"Many scholars think George W. Bush had his city on a hill moment after September 11, 2001 when he framed the war against terror as a moral response, a mission blessed by God that the rest of the world would join in. 'America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world,' the president said in an address to the nation on Sept. 11, 2001. 'And no one will keep that light from shining.' Sourcewatch.

Masse bra essays i Foreign Affairs.
Presidentvalget, samleside, NY Times.