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From Revolution to Indispensability

From my most recent NRO article, continuing the discussion of American exceptionalism:

There has been nothing remotely comparable to the rise of America in just two long lifetimes, from Washington to Lincoln and Lincoln to Roosevelt, from the colonists we have been discussing to half the economic product of the world, an atomic monopoly, and overwhelming influence in every field, including morally, in 1945. That history, and that potential, are exceptional, and those people in every land who share America’s highest values, civilization by any plausible definition, depend on the conservation and resumption of that exceptionalism. It is the exceptionalism of indispensability.

Whether you agree or disagree, your comments are, as always, most welcome.

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