All nations are exceptional. Some have been exceptionally stupid. For example Prohibition.Ellen1 wrote:
We did not invent slavery, to be sure. But what we certainly did was to ignore our own principles in the Declaration, which had said that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." and that all men had the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
While slavery is evil in all countries, it is exceptionally evil for a country that held that "all men are created equal" and that all men had the right to liberty, to hold people in slavery.
To do so required a kind of magical thinking, that black people were not human, and hence did not have the rights specified by the Declaration. But, since even well before the Civil War it was obvious that blacks were performing complex tasks and tending to the children of whites, it was obvious that they were human. So the institution of slavery in the USA was obviously something entirely different from that in Roman times etc, when the losers in wars became slaves and that was that.
We are not specially evil. But we ought to be specially embarrassed and shocked by our history, and to do in the future everything that we can to make sure that all men are treated equally.
You need to go back and READ ALL of your US History. Then LEARN from iT.
THEN maybe ... you wouldn't just piece-meal IT on here! To try to make the US LQQK bad!
The United States of America "has proved" itself to BE an exceptional Nation! Time and time again!
For OVER 200 Years This REPUBLIC has STOOD
Now we have someone in office, TRYING their DAMNEDEST to make it like others!
NOT gonna happen!
Take that back...
MIGHT happen ...
We WILL Prevail!!!!!!
and RISE like the Phoenix ...
and BE "great" once again!
BET ON IT!:)
In some things the USA has led the world. For example we abolished flogging in the US Navy in about 1850, and the British did not get to it until Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty in WWI. We allowed all women to vote in 1920, the British did not get around to allowing ALL women to vote until 1928, and the French not until 1944.
Still, this is not evidence of something truly exceptional. Sure, we were on the right side in WWI and WWII, but others were too, and we came in late in both cases. Anything else?