Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers" - Voltaire
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self" -Hemingway
The key word in describing the concept of American Exceptionalism is "unique". It does NOT mean we are "better", to wit;
American exceptionalism is the theory that the United States is qualitatively different from other nation states. - source
I may agree that the US is unique or different but NOT superior, to all other nations. For example, there are certain myths that have been spawned over this last decade, basically from the right, that the US is some kind of moral and/or righteous paragon that has been ordained by God herself, to lead the world out of darkness. ---- I think not. That comes from "Christian Reconstructionism" and "Dominionism. But this is just one facet of a many sided concept.
Yes, the US is unique but hardly a shining example for the world to emulate and it certainly doesn't give us any authority to assume world leadership based on that.
I've been around the world more than once, and there's nothing intrinisic about us that makes us so special that we should disregard the lives and rights of the rest of the human beings we share the world with..
The only thing intrinsically "special" about our country is that we actually have people who think that we are objectively superior to all other nations.
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"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
It's not American Exceptionalism but Immigrant Exceptionalism.
Where we concede that any large group of people, sufficiently motivated, can achieve broad cultural exceptionality, what does a national perspective mean, unless to imply that certain nations have a monopoly on ability?