What Is “American Exceptionalism”?

Colonial Fort at Jamestown, Virginia - The Beginnings of American Exceptionalism

Colonial Fort at Jamestown, Virginia

President Obamas interpretation of American Exceptionalism is dead wrong, as is that of the Minion Media. At a 4 April, 2009 press conference President Obama was asked:

Q: whether you subscribe, as many of your predecessors have, to the school of American exceptionalism that sees America as uniquely qualified to lead the world, or do you have a slightly different philosophy? And if so, would you be able to elaborate on it?

A: I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

His answer confirms that our elected President is completely ignorant of the nature, and indisputable historical grounding of American Exceptionalism. Obama, and the progressive left incorrectly think that the term is a slight to the rest of the world, an arrogant, insulting slap down. They couldnt be more wrong!

In point of fact, American Exceptionalism is a matter of law. Its historically based, and undeniable because it speaks to our Constitution and the fact that the United States of America was the first country in the history of mankind, an exception to every country that came before and after, where the government was designed to protect the rights of the people. America was a country established “of the people, by the people, and for the people” instead of countries that used their people as props to maintain and build up governments. Whether they were pharaohs, Kings and Queens, dynasties or despots the pattern reigned throughout human history. The United States was the first and only exception to that rule.

In America, the people were in charge. The government was there to maintain our God given rights. “American Exceptionalism” is foundational to why we have achieved so much in such a short period of time. Going from 1776 as a penny less government to becoming the wealthiest most prosperous nation in the history of mankind. America has done more good, freed more people, created more wealth and prosperity, health and goodness for the world than any nation in history.

Because of our Constitution, in the United States, the government is there at the peoples’ bidding. That is “American Exceptionalism” Mr. President!

Utopian Folley

America is the most “exceptional” nation in the history of mankind. Putin recently said that there is nothing exceptional about the U.S. I suspect that Bob Costas and most of the progressives in America would agree. They would be dead wrong. America is exceptional. It’s founding was a miracle. Prior to our founding history consisted of endless governments that existed to rule their people. Totalitarians, kings, pharaohs, dynasties one after another came and went. The people were there to serve the government. Our founders broke that mold, and created a government meant to serve its people. Our founding documents guaranteed these fundamental, God given rights. Why would anybody, as President Obama stated, want to “fundamentally” change something so unique?

The answer is that progressives strive for an unreachable utopia. They are quick to criticize America, always comparing it to an unreachable, perfection. They never compare other countries to their utopia. How would the Soviet Union stack up? How about Cube, China, or North Korea? They all embodythe left’s core principle of an all controlling government. The problem is, the world is full of powerful, authoritarian governments,and utopias don’t exist.

Nothing men creates will ever be perfect, but as far as real world governments go, the one created by our Constitution is as close as it gets. Its a shame that the politicians keep ignoring their role. They exist to serve, not to rule!

Why strive to kill the one “exception”? If you don’t like it here, move to Venezuela. Pack up and go to Cambodia. Defect to China, and don’t forget to write.