Tuesday, December 7th 2010
If the notion of American exceptionalism was ever valid, no real reason to believe in it has existed for some time. Incredibly, some still take the concept seriously. Our decline in strength and purpose began years ago, largely ignored by most of us. So did any basis for feeling unique among nations. Crises like the current one only make this agonizingly apparent.
But our present condition was probably always in the cards, even if we hadn’t spent decades exhausting our wealth, undereducating generations of our children, mismanaging our hard-won place in the world, and refusing to continue building a mature society anchored in justice and morality. Throughout history, after all, other nations have had the strength and talent to rise to greatness and, for all sorts of reasons, declined from it.Read More