I find nothing exceptional about the "collective." The USSR worked for the collective. Cuba works for the collective. They are exceptional in their failure. America is where it is because of an exceptional view of man as a f ree being, not limited by his affiliation to a group but as an individual. The left views our founding as an abomination because of the failings of slavery. Such thinking is saddening because the left has missed the whole point of the Constitution. Liberty before tyranny of the masses...see Shay's Rebellion. They provided a manner to alter the government when the political will of the country demanded it.