Exceptional means something counter to the rule. The communist regimes of the last century were exceptional in their massacres and genocides, for example. That does not mean they are "good".
Im talking about objective criteria here. We lead the world in most of these parameters. We are exceptional-that does not mean we are better or good-theres a difference.
You make a poll asking a question then proceed to make the largest fraction of the replies in this thread thus far US Conservative.(I counted) 19 replies out of 44. Almost half. And all of them in the purpose of ego masturbation.
I guess if there is something like american exceptionalism, it's the exceptional ability of americans to masturbate their egos if this thread is anything to go by. Cheers.
Here's a hint dude. Exceptionalism, quality... these sort things, are worth more, carry more nobility and weight, if they aren't bragged about. The moment you brag about it, it becomes less so. It cheapens it. It's like bragging you have a big dick. If you really have a big dick, then there's no surprise when you whip it out because people already know what to expect. If it turns out you don't have a bick dick, you'll be laughed at.
Historically... what does that even mean? Our history is better than other country's history? It's the same history. And, as we said before, we can't rest on our laurels. Militarily doesn't matter, but the most exceptional nation isn't the one that wins wars, it's the one that prevents them. Culturally... again very vague. We're the country whose culture involves mass shootings and denial of science. There's plenty we have to be ashamed of. Socially? Our people aren't ranked happiest in the world. We're also not the healthiest. Scientifically used to be true. It might still be. But it's waning. If keep up this science denial and religious bluster, we'll lose it. It's already begun. Agriculturally? How is this even a criterion? And how exactly are you quantifying it? We produce a lot of food, but we also use up a whole lot more resources than equivalent populations in other countries. Same for industry.
Justify us as superior in any of those criteria. Though you have to first justify why half of them matter as criteria in the first place.
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