~~An Explanation of American Exceptionalism for Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama :: My God, we have the communist leader of Russia more proudly quoting the Declaration of Independence than our own president does! We got Vlad... This is the best description of American Exceptionalism I have ever heard.
In some ways the American predicament today bears an uncanny resemblance to that of the 1890s. At home we face social, political, and economic difficulties of a magnitude such that they are paralyzing the nation and pulling it apart all at once. Abroad, having fought two costly and pointless wars since 2001, we are challenged to define our place in the world anew—to find a new way of venturing forth into it. The solutions America chose a century ago are not available to us now.