“I believe in American exceptionalism — just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”
That was from President Obama last year in an interview and given the situation right now across the pond, we believe the President is even more convinced of Greece's exceptionalism because he has no clue of what "exceptionalism" means given the context. So, does that quote expose his leftist roots or merely demonstrate his ignorance of the concept? Probably both.
As understandable as the left's instinctive aversion to nationalism might be, it is misplaced in the case of America. The notion of American nationalism is an ideal worth defending. We are a nation of nations, ironically enough, bound together not by the traditional fascist symbols of nationalism, race, ethnicity, or empire; but by ideals embodied in the greatest political documents ever written, the Declaration and the Constitution.
Spread the word. That's what it's all about. B-Daddy has more to say about the matter, here.
P.S. Blogger spell-check doesn't believe in "exceptionalism" either. Sigh.