Exceptionalism

by Larry Tate on September 12, 2013

Vladimir Putin has a point:

My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. 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.

It is the height of irony that the term “American Exceptionalism,” which was coined as a rebuke to our nationalistic pride and self-serving ideologies, is now standard fodder for political speeches, used to describe our inerrant righteousness and duty to lead the world.

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