America is still exceptional even when the President declares it isn’t

So why do we defer to rule by ignorance?

The irony of American exceptionalism is that only the right is allowed to question it. Were I to say, America is a beacon of human rights, and, where it falls short of its promise, can be held to account by its citizens once they organize, i would be accused of trashing this great nation. Those same accusers would then turn around and pronounce that America has become a second-rate power thanks to the example of people like me.

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