About American Exceptionalism
I find that the United States Government leadership prefers to ignore and/or downplay all the evil actions that have occurred continuously in the United States since its founding. Thus, for our country’s leadership, a nation's greatness is based solely on its wealth and power in the world regardless of how this wealth and power was obtained. In simple terms they believe in "My Country, Right or Wrong!".
This was a philosophical principal that allowed Nazi Germany to seize power while ignoring the horrible consequences for tens of millions of people and the near destruction of "human civilization" in WW2.
This has also been the guiding principal of Corporations. Maximizing Shareholder Profits is what makes a corporation "exceptional" and not how it obtains that wealth. Any concern about employees, community, our country, the world, our environment is an afterthought. “My Corporation Right or Wrong”, My Wealth and Power, Right or Wrong” The end result has been the seizure of our government, most of our media and also our social culture by Multi-National Corporations (aka: The Military Industrial Prison Complex, The Deep State).
Profit and Power by any means necessary rules our country! The welfare of the average American means nothing! How is our situation different from what occurred in Nazi Germany! Profit and Power by any means necessary rules our country!
In the words of the scholar activist S. Brian Willson: "The culture and nation state of the United States of America is founded on the egregious and forceful dispossession of others. You might even call it an earlier version of fascism – institutional dehumanization for private profit… So, not only does the lie of “exceptionalism” enable us to avoid extremely unpleasant thoughts and feelings, but it also discourages asking enlightening, delving questions, about who we really are as a people. This makes us dangerously stupid.
Why mess with the apparent successful myth of being exceptional? But thoughtlessness – a suspension of critical thinking – today leads to a dangerous, nuclear, arrogant war-making society. Not unintelligent, but stupid. And the power brokers, and many in the population, have a vested interest in remaining stupid to protect the comfortable original lie, that requires countless subsequent lies, in turn, to preserve that original lie. "