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Who came up with "American Exceptionalism"?


By Misty - Posted on 17 March 2012

"American Exceptionalism": I had assumed the phrase been around for awhile. To a few of the GOP candidates it seems to be nothing more than the motto, "never explain, never apologize", which sounds pretty arrogant, egotistical, ignorant, and anti-internationalistic.

Read article here: http://tinyurl.com/7l9vcs6

For me the most exceptional thing about the US is our Constitution, its protections, focus on the rule of law, and its guarantee of a smooth and regular turnover in power. No other nation has enjoyed the benefits of a similar revolutionary document for so long. That is exceptionalism.

 

Does Mitt Romney really love you? "Money Pol" by Louis Menand

Romney has always spoken of politics as, essentially, pro-bono work—“a departure from my career, not a continuation of it,” as he puts it in his recent campaign book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.” He likes to say that he is running on his record “in the private sector.” This is partly an effort to deflect attention from his only experience in elected office, as a one-term governor of Massachusetts, but it’s also true that the way Romney looks at life derives much more from his time in the business world than it does from hanging around with politicians. Even when he was governor, Romney did not hang around much with politicians. “Romney blew in and blew out of here,” one Massachusetts legislator told Kranish and Helman. Another lawmaker said that Romney rarely knew the names of the legislators he worked with.

Read more here:

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2012/03/19/120319crat_atlarge_menand?currentPage=1

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