By: David McMillan The values of our nation - freedom, human dignity and so on - don't change, but at times our policies do, says U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Someone needs to let him know this dualism doesn't work.
By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings) Supporters of today's American exceptionalism often criticize others to show how great America is. If we could lovingly direct our criticism inward, our discourse would be more promising.
While it's incumbent on governments to provide security for their citizens, should we forego that security when it's obtained at the cost of harming, degrading or endangering the lives of innocent others?
When politicians talk about U.S. exceptionalism, their rhetoric implies that the ethical and moral imperatives keeping other nations in check don't apply to us because the United States is the "greatest country on earth."
The radical right-wing media is blaming Obama for losing Egypt, but for one nation to lose another nation implies ownership. They prefer a U.S. that functions as an empire, not as a defender of global democratic movements.
What does American exceptionalism really mean? It's more than our ability to outspend, out-job and overwhelm other economies. Perhaps it's time to imagine new ways in which the United States can be exceptional.
The bulk of President Obama's State of the Union address focused on changes he believes need to be made for our country to thrive, but the speech was couched in the language of American exceptionalism.
When we equate American exceptionalism with being number one, we fail to defend the things that make us exceptional, including freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.