You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.
Really. Which other ones have that as a founding ideal? 'Cause it's not any of the Anglosphere that I am aware of.Also many countries also respect this.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Every culture has elements which make it unique and special. America has lots of that which - in my humble opinion - make it the greatest country on the face of the earth. So you will not get a strong argument out of me that there is not something exceptional about this nation and its people - at least some of them.
Sadly, the entire idea of what some call American exceptionalism has been politicized by the right as some sort of lame shorthand for "F the rest of the world cause we are different here and nothing you heathens do matters to us or reflects upon us". And that comes across loud and clear from some of the people who use this message as a way to play ostrich and hide their heads in the sand when they are not giving the middle finger to everybody else in the world.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
Not so much. We won't even mention that a ton of our IT calls go to India, but a large number of our university programs in IT and other technical field are teaching foreign nationals as much as they are teaching Americans. This won't last, if we haven't already been surpassed.We still own IT.
So what? That was decades ago and today, lots of people want to shut them down because we can't afford to keep them open.We invented National Parks.
And we're dicks about it. We spend all of our time trying to tell everyone else what to do because we have nukes and smart weapons and they don't. We run around the planet being asses, pissing off the native populations and bringing a ton of terrorism and other hatred on ourselves. This is nothing to be proud of.We are the strongest country on earth.
Sorry, if your whole reason for believing in American exceptionalism is because the founding fathers believed in an imaginary man in the sky, you've got problems.The idea that individuals have rights granted them by their creator rather than by a government which can remove them at a whim is also an old favorite, admittedly.