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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