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Posted: 8/18/2004 5:20:37 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/18/2004 5:31:22 PM EDT
If you arent proud of where you live its time too move..
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 5:36:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 5:38:14 PM EDT
I do now.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 6:35:06 PM EDT
I do believe in it.

Tocqueville was a French aristocrat. He also, in 1830 or whatever, accurately summed up things that still resonate in American life. He seems like a bright guy. I've read quite a bit of Democracy In America in my theory classes.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 6:37:30 PM EDT
Yes, I am a firm believer in it. All other countries suck compared to the US of A. Some suck less, some suck more, but they all suck. Of course the USA sucks a lot in many ways, but we're none of us perfect.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 6:37:56 PM EDT
People don't die trying to get into France!
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 6:39:17 PM EDT
what sets us apart is freedom.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 6:39:24 PM EDT
Hell yes

Link Posted: 8/18/2004 7:53:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EricTheHun:

while others use it to refer to the American concept as itself an exceptional ideal, which may or may not always be upheld by the actual people and government of the nation.

I buy into this definition. We as a people and our government sometimes stumble, but usually get right back on track.

Dissenters claim "American exceptionalism" is little more than crude propaganda, that in essence is a justification for a America-centered view of the world that is inherently chauvinistic and jingoistic in nature.'

Perhaps, but IIRC, every major civilization in the world has had this attitude. Now the chicken/egg question: is the attitude brought on by success, or is success fostered because of the attitude?

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