Why the Left doesn't understand (or want) American exceptionalism

Washington Post opinion giver and scribe Richard Cohen writes about The Myth of American Exceptionalism.  There may be no better example of why the liberal view of America is wrong.  Cohen calls it “smugness” that, as we sing in America the Beautiful, we believe ‘God shed His grace on thee.’  We Americans, after all, have no genetic or inborn moral superiority compared to Cohen’s citizens of the world.  Certainly, God doesn’t pick winners and losers.  Cohen sees conservatives as naïve, like so many sports fans who pray that God will grant victory for their team.He cites as one of the failures of American exceptionalism “a dysfunctional education system.”  Then he goes on to say:some of those most inclined to exalt American exceptionalism are simply using the imaginary past to defend their cultural tics — conventional marriage or school prayer or, for some odd reason, a furious antipathy to the...(Read Full Post)