By Guest Blogger: Jeremiah Geniuz

The daily dose of darkness and chaos dished by the Trump administration forces me to seek a comedic soft landing at night just so that I can get a restful sleep. After a three hour awakening  on TV by Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell, I turn to Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert to make the almost constant political discussion with my wife non-contentious. It is not that we argue with each other, but the weight of the national tragedy unfolding creates a level of snark that we struggle to keep in check with each other.

That is why when Colbert comes up with nuggets such as these, it is particularly hilarious…


Noah inter-mixes truth and irony with his  particular style of comedic political discourse…

By comparison, government critics in Putin’s Russia are silenced, violently…

It is tragically sad that our President, who benefited from Putin’s mischief, if more concerned about his own ego as opposed to unmasking those behind a foreign power that tampered with our most fundamental pillar of democracy, the vote.

In a New York Times op-ed, printed in September 11, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin took issue with President Obama’s reference to American exceptionalism during his speech on Syria  calling the notion “extremely dangerous.” It is noted that Putin’s comment came of America’s modern day of infamy, 9/11…

“I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday,” Putin wrote, “And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is ‘what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.'”

“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation,” Putin continued. “There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

But be it noted Mr. Putin, that the exceptionalism of America also extends to its press freedoms, freedom of speech, thought, and religion. These are concepts that chill Putin to the bone. If we were NOT exceptional we would not have Samantha Bee or Jimmy Fallon at night making us laugh at the “idiocracy” in Washington.

MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid has been pointing out for months how Trump acts like a wannabe autocratic dictator, and if it were not for the strengths of our constitution and the resolve of America’s exceptionalism we might be under the thumb of a vindictive, ill tempered, minimally informed autocrat who’s only empathy is how much money he can grab for his family.

Yes, Putin might have succeeded in sewing chaos and doubt by subverting news and facts in our election, but he succeeded on a grander scale of showing American exceptionalism, And that is the freedoms we have to criticize, laugh at, and reject a President that does not embrace our values.