American imbecilism

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February 7, 2011
The American Conservative
by Austin Bramwell  
Posted in Commentary

"Of course America is exceptional in some respects. So is every other nation. Nor is there any political or intellectual figure who seriously proposes (or can be seriously be construed as proposing) to obliterate all differences between America and rest of the world. Object to universal health care or defend America’s military extravagance if you will: Inflating the merely exceptional into the 'Exceptionalist' will add nothing to your arguments but bombast. Yet to hear conservative intellectuals carry on, you would think that 'American Exceptionalism' was the most groundbreaking political idea since universal manhood suffrage." (02/06/11)  

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