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American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents

Archie1954 Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 1:06 PM
If only this author's beliefs in American exceptionalism were true but unfortunately they are not. America is not nor has it been the light on the hill unless you also agree that the light has been hidden under a bushel for centuries. Remember "Manifest Destiny"? Now that is a true sign of exceptionalism, US style. Think of "full spectrum dominance", that is also a sign of exceptionalism US style. No Sir you are very, very mistaken in your definition of American exceptionalism. As I said, if only it were true.

In May 2011, the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, a columnist I admire, wrote an opinion piece titled “The Myth of American Exceptionalism.” In it, he opined that the “problem of the 21st century is the problem of culture,” in particular the “culture of smugness,” the emblem of which “is the term ‘American exceptionalism.’ It has been adopted by the right to mean that America, alone among the nations, is beloved of God.”

I wrote a rebuttal, contending that exceptionalism means nothing of the sort, and that no one on the right that I was aware of – and no one,...