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Thursday, July 02, 2015

America’s Exceptional Foundation

Independence Day is Saturday and Americans will be celebrating our great country. Most Americans would agree that America is exceptional compared to the rest of the world, but there are some liberals who like to downplay America’s greatness. President Obama said, "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." Obama loves to make statements like those. He goes around the world apologizing to other nations for alleged wrongs that America has committed. Liberals especially like to make sure that our schoolchildren are taught that America is only as good -or even worse- than other nations.

That philosophy totally ignores the historical facts of American exceptionalism. Unlike other nations throughout history, America is not a nation that hungers for empire. We are the only major power that goes to war without the intention of expanding our own territory. When we defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War, many people initially thought we took the Philippines in order to gain territory. President McKinley assured the world that America’s mission was to “uplift and Christianize” the Filipinos. True to our word, we declared the Philippines to be independent on July 4, 1946. That is only one example of how America is so different from other nations.

America is truly exceptional because our Constitution created a system in which people are rewarded for their hard work and innovation. The Judeo-Christian values that have guided America have been fundamental to America’s success. The Constitution has proved itself many times over, which is why Americans enjoy the longest surviving form of government in the world. We should be proud to call ourselves Americans. On this Independence Day, let’s remember that we are celebrating a nation that is truly exceptional.

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