Tuesday, September 4, 2012

American Exceptionalism, Old and New

"The old kept us out of conflict; the new leads to empire," argues The American Conservative's Richard Gamble — American Exceptionalisms. Noting that "John Adams unwittingly penned one of the proof texts of American exceptionalism" but then "edited out these musings when he extended his thoughts a short time later for publication," Mr. Gamble rightly writes:
    Today, the United States owes more to the hubristic exceptionalism of Adams’s descendants than to anything bequeathed to us by the Founders of the republic. Hardly a trace of humility survives among the boasts of collective excellence we encounter with numbing predictability from neoconservatives and their allies. Dissidents find themselves in the crosshairs as apostates from the American civil religion.

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