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Why Does American Exceptionalism Matter?

Posted By Emily Rein On November 12, 2010 @ 4:00 pm In International | Comments Disabled

In his acceptance speech on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, Senator-Elect Marco Rubio of Florida said [1], “Americans believe with all their hearts…that the United States of America is simply the single greatest nation in all of human history, a place without equal in the history of all mankind.”

The reality of American exceptionalism was a theme on the campaign trail, especially among conservatives. Americans agree that the United States is a great nation, but why is America exceptional and why does it matter?

While other nations are bound by a common ethnicity, religion or history, America’s dedication to liberty makes it unique. Understanding America: Why is America Exceptional? is a new e-book [2] from The Heritage Foundation that explores how the United States’ commitment to the universal truths of human equality and the right to self-government—as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence—requires a vigilant defense of the cause of liberty, both at home and abroad.

The media and some politicians in Washington apologize [3] for America’s success and undermine the unique principles on which America was founded, and which have made it great. The Understanding America series [4] provides the arguments our nation needs so we can continue to be a powerful beacon to all those who struggle to be free.

Learn more about the series at heritage.org/UnderstandingAmerica [4], and sign-up to receive updates when new volumes are released.

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[1] said: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/11/03/rubios-acceptance-speech/

[2] new e-book: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/09/why-is-america-exceptional?utm_source=strategicmktg&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=understandingamerica

[3] apologize: http://blog.heritage.org../2010/09/01/morning-bell-the-obama-doctrine/

[4] series: http://site.heritage.org/understandingamerica/?utm_source=strategicmktg&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=understandingamerica

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