Big Important Piece of the Day: Jonah Goldberg on American exceptionalism and its kooky critics

Not to be outdone, Daily Beast columnist Peter Beinart railed against the GOP’s “lunatic notion” of America’s exceptionalism. In particular, Beinart was infuriated by Senator-elect Marco Rubio’s claim that “America is the single greatest nation in all of human history.” Doesn’t the Florida politician know, Beinart wonders, that China and Brazil are opening opportunities to their citizens too? According to Beinart, Rubio — the son of Cuban exiles — is too ideologically blinkered to know that “the American dream of upward mobility is alive and well, just not in America.”

What’s bizarre about Beinart and Kinsley’s rendition of American exceptionalism is that it hinges on the premise that the idea of American exceptionalism is an artifact of right-wing jingoism, xenophobia, or ignorance. Even Obama flirts with this sort of thing every time he chalks up opposition to his agenda to the fear, bigotry, or small-mindedness of the “bitter” souls “clinging” to their antiquarian beliefs.

Forget that every Fourth of July we celebrate the fact that we fought the Revolutionary War to become an exceptional nation. From their dismissive condescension, you’d think these three educated men didn’t know that American exceptionalism has been a well-established notion among scholars for more than a century.

via The Bashing of American Exceptionalism – Jonah Goldberg – National Review Online.

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