Putin wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in which he said that we are not exceptional.
“And I would rather disagree with a case he [Obama] made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.”
Business Insider found this quote by Putin in February:
“We will never allow anyone to interfere in our internal affairs. We will not allow someone to impose their will on us, because we have our own will! It has helped us to conquer! We are a victorious people! It is in our genes, in our genetic code!”
How is that for hypocrisy?
Putin has something in common with Obama. Mr. Obama doesn’t think we’re exceptional either though, surprisingly, he did refer to our exceptionalism in his Syria speech on Wednesday.
The term ‘American exceptionalism’ has come to mean that the United States has a special character as a free nation based on democratic ideals and individual liberty. The Unites States is a place of rare and extraordinary opportunity. Our Constitution sets us apart.
Liberals and statists are the anti-exceptionalists who believe America should be knocked down a peg or two.
A more conservative, Lincolnesque view is that America is ‘the last best hope of man on earth.’
The United States is unique – exceptional – in the opportunity it provides for its citizens.
The term can make us look arrogant to the rest of the world if it is misused.
Liberals and statists believe we should not look at our rugged individualism and entrepreneurial spirit as different in the United States than in any other country but it is different.
As America declines with its unsustainable debt, one could say we are no longer exceptional.
As our prestige in the world declines, so too does our exceptionalism in the eyes of some.
American exceptionalism defined as a mission is flawed. It has brought us through wars that have not been successful.
So, we’re not exceptional? We’re quite ordinary? No, we’re not ordinary, unless we choose to view ourselves as such.
If we view exceptionalism as wealth, might, or reputation, then we are not exceptional. If we view exceptionalism as defined by our liberty, then we are the most exceptional nation on earth. We live in the most exceptional country in history.
We are exceptional from the perspective that we have our beginnings in liberty, we live in liberty, and our nation holds the promise of liberty for future generations. We will always fight for liberty and die for it. It is our inheritance.
Who cares what Putin and Obama think. We are exceptional.