AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

For a long time, I didn’t like the term “American Exceptionalism.” I would wince when I heard someone use the phrase. To me, it sounded jingoistic and arrogant. I felt, in many ways, that it was an empty boast. I don’t think that one group of humans is genetically superior to another, so I didn’t buy into the idea that Americans had some sort of pre-programmed inside track to greatness.

I have come to realize that I was wrong. No, Americans aren’t genetically superior, but …

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