"They've refused to talk about America exceptionalism," John Boehner told CNN's Kathleen Parker Wednesday night. "I don't know if they're afraid of it, whether they don't believe it. I don't know." — Slate
Jan 29, 2011
No, we really are the best
Exceptionalism, for the uninitiated, is the belief in America's supremacy as a nation. Every nation believes itself the greatest, of course. American exceptionalists listen, nod and believe themselves actually, objectively superior. It reminds me of all the conversations I used to have in my teens, wherein someone gently tried to break the news to me that what was coming out of my mouth was known as "opinion," and I not-so-gently asserted that that was their opinion: what came out of my mouth was fact. It gives me the shivers just to think about it.