Russian President Vladimir Putin (wasn’t there a Vlad the Impaler?) admonished us not to think of ourselves as exceptional. The Left just can’t stand for anyone (except themselves) to excel. He borrowed his comment from our own President Obama who said he believed in American exceptionalism as much as the English believe in English exceptionalism and Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. The problem with their viewpoint is that we know we are exceptional just as our children know who won the game inspite of everyone getting a trophy.
But both miss the point. We Americans don’t think we’re exceptional because of false bravado. We understand this country IS exceptional. Our founders designed for us the first country in the world founded on individual freedom with a government designed to protect those individual freedoms. Ours is the only Constitution in the world that begins with, “We the People”. Every other government dictated to their citizens what they could and couldn’t do. Our Constitution described what our government could and couldn’t do. It is because of this grand experiment that our country became the richest, most powerful country in the world with the highest standard of living for ALL it’s citizens.
At 237 years old our Constitution is the oldest in the world because it created the most stable, most free country in the world. I would describe that as exceptional.
It is due to our individual freedom and free markets that we have led the world with innovations and technology. The Left wants us to accept the idea that everything is of equal value. There are no winners or losers. Yes, there are and we know it. We are winners (or have been). There will always be people who can run faster, jump higher, throw a ball more accurately, be better at math or writing or science. There will always be prettier people, more talented people, smarter people. In spite of that, all of us have talents and/or abilities that can result in our success. It is self determination that levels the playing field, not government intervention.
It is because America has been a free country where it is acknowledged that the rights of the individual are granted by our Creator not man, that we are exceptional. However, today our rights are being stripped from us daily. Today we have a government telling us our rights come from them. Our Constitution is being violated daily and it is leading to the decline of our country. The Left needs us to believe we are not exceptional. We know better.
Having grown up in America did you ever think our government would want us to have lower expectations? Could you imagine having a President who didn’t believe we were exceptional? A President who didn’t want America to be the world leader?
Sorry, Putin and Obama, we know we’re exceptional and we’re proud of it.