I have heard people offer the opinion that it is wrong and somewhat provocative to claim American Exceptionalism. They say that we are the same as everyone else in the world and to think that we are somehow exceptional is prideful, naïve, or downright boastful. These opinions are wrong because they are based on an erroneous idea of superiority over everyone else in the world. I mostly use the term in reference to our type of government – a Constitutional Republic. We could also be exceptional in other ways too, like for our benevolence, frontier spirit, or courageous citizenry, as well as a host of other factors typically espoused as American. The fact is, however, that American Exceptionalism generally refers to the extraordinarily successful and durable form of government that has sustained us throughout our 240-year history.

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