Gene Healy of the Cato Institute has a provocative column on American exceptionalism in the Washington Examiner. A sample:
There’s something sweaty and desperate about a patriotism that cannot tolerate the diplomatic acknowledgment, on foreign soil, that other countries might have their own reasons for national pride. You’d think a great-souled nation could afford a little magnanimity — but too many conservatives think it betrays weakness. We’re well on our way to becoming the first hyperpower with short-guy syndrome.
Worse still, some neoconservative ideologues have turned American Exceptionalism into an ersatz religion, fidelity to which demands reshaping the rest of the world in our Image, by force, if necessary.
You can read the rest of Healy’s column here.