"Exceptionalism" it IS The American Way


The American Way

On July 4th 1776, our forefathers from 13 colonies came to an overwhelming conclusion that they would no longer live under the scrutiny of evil leadership, overbearing governing bodies, or hostile powers. They assembled, struggled, deliberated, conversed, articulated and then declared our Independence. They utilized some very basic principals, many they acquired from the Holy Bible and some Godly standards. They then, set forth into leading us to something extremely special…..perhaps, epic may be a better choice of words. Actually, I prefer Exceptional. An exceptional nation like no other in the course of history was born on that summer day in Philadelphia. Yes, exceptional. Many people in recent times (including our current President) has come to believe the word “arrogant” may be a better word to use to describe “The American Way”. But to those of us, who understand the heritage of this Nation, exceptionalism is exactly what this Country is and was designed to be. That word epitomizes the American way.

Today, the United States of America has become a land made up of 50 individual States. Each one unique but united. Every one has established many of its own sets of rules, codes and standards between its governing body and its residents…and has referred to them as their state constitution. Each one of these is also exclusive and yet still binding under a common, larger set of guidelines that all unanimously agreed upon, known as our U.S. Constitution. An exceptional document that we as Americans has “ordained” to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. An EXCEPTIONALLY well designed text put forth for many, many generations to come.

Exceptional I say without one ounce of arrogance.

We purposely held onto our principals to guide us. Principals like those that proclaim that human liberty is above all, that all men are created equal and endowed with equal rights. Lincoln stated that these truths are “applicable to all men and all times”. It is these exceptional principals that have created one of the most prosperous and just nation’s ever in the course of history.

Not because we are arrogant, but exceptional.

It is this exceptionalism that allowed us to create the most powerful military force in the world. This exceptional mentality created the conception that to have liberties and freedoms, there is a cost. It was the driving force into utilizing this military NOT for self indulgence or for seeking more power, but to cease evil forces around the world from spreading tyranny, despotism, and totalitarianism. Allowing us to “let freedom ring” to those who were willing to take a stand against these enemies.

Not arrogance, but exceptionalism.

It is this exceptionalism that allowed us to create an economy that produces almost a quarter of the world’s wealth. It was not because the American people were arrogant, but because we have some of the hardest working, most prosperous, God-fearing and exceptionally generous citizens on this planet.

It was this exceptionalism, that nearly a hundred fifty plus years before we declared our independence, that a man named John Winthrop who desired a better place for his people. Declaring that "We must always consider; that we shall be as a city upon a hill that the eyes of all people are upon us". That shining city on a hill! This vision has been used throughout time to describe something much larger than most of us can conceive. It is this exceptional foresight, of being a beacon to the world. Even St. Matthew spoke about this saying to young believers "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."

This is not arrogant, but it is, indeed, exceptional.

It will be this “exceptionalism” that we must always cling too. It is that mindset, which will allow us to continue to be as Lincoln once said that we may be "the last best hope" for freedom on this earth.

I for one, believe with all my heart, that the United States of America IS an exceptional Nation, despite some of our recent turmoil, distressed economic hardships, and political ramifications, I am certain that we have enough exceptional people in this country of ours, that have maintained their principals passed on to them from previous generations. Those of us who cherish our Godly Heritage. Those of us who are eager to stand up to “Secure the Blessings of liberty”, to “insure our domestic Tranquility” to “provide for the common defense” to “promote the general Welfare” and to continue to “establish Justice”. Not because we are arrogant, but because we love this Country and find it exceptional. Because THAT is the American Way.

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, looks like the Mojo is back. This is a really great hub.

Like you, I have not lost faith in this great country of ours, and never will. To some degree we have lost our way, but we will return to the right path soon. No matter what some are saying, it is never too late to rebuild this once powerful nation.

Thanks for being here Chris.

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Dave Sibole 5 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

Facts don't lie. We are as a nation exceptional. Thanks for a great Hub CMerritt.

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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Well, I see your writers block is over. With a bang. I also love this country and cannot understand why my daughter does not. Then I look at what she has seen. She is 14, she has been exposed to greedy and idiot politicians her whole life. I am praying (yes, praying, because that is another thing our country was founded on)that our country will be restored to its former glory. I believe that we have been pushed down the wrong path by people who should have just moved when they decided they didn't like our country. We are still exceptional.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank YOU Mike...I got a little mojo back maybe....

This Nation is big enough for a few idiots...we will get through this....because this IS an exceptional nation

I am so thrilled when you leave me comments,

as always Mike I appreciate it.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank YOU Dave...I appreciate you stopping by.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author


I agree with you that Prayer IS important and it was/is our backbone to survival. Keep showing your daughter the truth.

Thanks for coming by and commenting.

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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

What a way to break out of your rut! Very well done and well said!

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks lifegate.....it felt pretty good writing it..lol

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Chris, you hit this out of the park with three men on base...it is a grand slam. Our core values help us to know where the center of the road lies. There are those among us who have no regard for those values nor do they even slightly understand the value of them. They are fully willing to turn their lives over to an all powerful government in exchange for the promise that their security is in good hands. When the scales are tipped too far by the crowd, America will be on the downhill slide toward a communist destiny. Our educators have failed to instill those fears in our young people's minds but have readily planted the seeds that a socialist utopia is the answer to all our ills. Now we have people who are not willing to produce but more than willing to submit a list of their demands for security in life. This is a sad moment in the history of a great and exceptional nation. Hopefully we will once again come to a juncture where a reversal of direction can be made before we slide to our awaited fate. WB

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Well said, Chris!

And it is precisely this exceptionalism that so angers the left, and caused President Obama to go on a word-wide apology tour. We have too much, they say, and we use too many of the world's resources. Well, if the most productive nation on Earth should not use them, then who should?

We are the most generous people on Earth, both privately and publicly, but still, we are criticized by those who give little, other than criticism.

I too, am tired of hearing my president apologizing to the do-nothing rest of the world that accomplishes nothing, yet still deigns to criticize the United States of America.

I'm yearning for another, stand up American president with the fortitude to look the progressive world square in the eye and tell them to piss off.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you Wayne for your "exceptional" comment...lol

I really do appreciate it..

I may be over optimistic, but I really do believe we will have a turn around in this country because of the exceptional people we do have here. They just nodded off and they are being awaken.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Will, I am praying that our next POTUS, will have the fortitude to do what is best for this country, by the rules set forth by our forefathers and restore not just this Nation, but some pride in the people once again.

Thanks for your comments Will.

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Sueswan 5 years ago

An exceptional hub.

Voted up and awesome.

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Interesting article, CM. This idea of American exceptionalism is one of the primary difference between conservative and progressive reasoning. As for the current President, he simply recognizes the different between pride in the American heritage and arrogance relative to other societies. I just returned from a visit to the Arizona memorial in Honolulu and the visit brought to mind the comments from Admiral Yamamoto, one of the masterminds of the Pearl Harbor attack. When reassured by the Japanese warlords of their ultimate success against the Americans, they refered to their own indominatable spirit and determination that would more than compensate for the American industrial might, of which Yamamoto having lived in the United States was well aware. He said that while there was a Japanese spirit, there was an American spirit as well, as a warning to his people not to be overconfident The Romans believed they were exceptional, so did the British empire, the Nazis and so on, and it continues to this very day. This attitude was behind the ideas of: Christianize the savages, the white man’s burden, manifest destiny and any number of excuses to support aggression and imperialism.

It took a while for what it was that the founding fathers envisioned to be enjoyed by many of us. First it was restricting the franchise based on property ownership, then race, then gender and finally for those 18-21. It is good that we could make all these adjustment peacefully and under the auspices of the law

I will agree with you in the fact that Constitution is an exceptional document primarily in my mind by the fact that it is one of the few that have not been radically changed over almost 250 years. I live here and I am proud to call it home. But that is not a mandate to place my self above others on its face. We all love our country, but have a different take on what that means. From the left, Cred2

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Cred, I can say that I honestly respect your points of veiw, I really do. You are one full of passion with your beliefs, just as I am. As I wrote, what you may see as arrogant, I do not.

What alarming news I am beginning to see, is that "love for this Country" is how it began.....it may be "love for this Country" that might be it's dimise.....Your "Love" and my "Love" are no longer lined up....passions are butting heads, and it is like that warm front meeting a cold front....a storm is usually produced.

with that said, I do appreciate you stopping by to comment.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Chris an exceptional hub. Yamamoto also said " we have not defeated the Americans, we have awakened a sleeping giant" if my memory serves me correctly, the in an exceptional way we kicked their asses back to the stone age. We aren't done, I've heard no fat lady sing. I like you see the exceptional rise of a certain man who came up from the ashes join the race to defeat failure and it is every responsible American's duty to make it happen this election cycle or prepare for the worst and the true Americans will prevail.

God Bless you and yours,


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Good hub. It still pains me to see in comments people using the 'Left' or 'Right' labels though. I think only by coming together as a nation would we be able to bounce back, not being so divided. I guess time and history will tell if we make that recovery or not. But human governments cannot work miracles, even if they want me to believe they are saviors. Limited power is just that, limited.

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Chris this is a wonderful hub...I always wondered why we have become the minority it appears if we are still patriotic and stll believe we are a wonderful nation, when this country was built on the sweat and tears of others who believed in the American way. How can we not when our young men and wommen are still serving our country, losing their lives everyday..I have three sons that are serving and would like to think what they are doing is not in vain. Sure our country has made grave mistakes...I think many countries have but it doesn't mean we have to leave behind some very core values that have made our country exceptional. Whether we are left or right...many on both sides have forgotton the constitution and what the words really mean...Until we are willing to quit being so puffed up and sit down together and start to listen to one another, I am afraid we will lose the integrity that we need to continue to make this country great once again. I watched the news last night where funding is being cut even more for the retires that are barely making it...They have worked 30 and 40 years, trying to live off their income but fall short. They need help with food and now that food source is being cut. It seems as if there are many decisions being made and the American people are moving their lips but no one is listening...Like the poolman said...we may have lost our way but we have to hold on and find our way back...An exceptional people with a mission, we can't lose heart..Great hub


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author


I agree with the notion of left and right being overused for political reasons...but, our very POTUS is our leader and HE is telling the hard core left to put ON their MARCHING shoes....HE is telling the republicans they can go along for the ride, but get out of the way. He is the one slamming the Tea Party. We need a real leader right now.

I want you to know though that I ALWAYS appreciate you coming by and your comments.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Sunnie, as always, I think what you just said is perfectly said. I think if we can re-kindle some of that American Pride once again, we WILL see a light to begin to shine once again on that city on the hill.

Thanks for your comments Sunnie.


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LuxmiH 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

Awesome Hub! I am sharing it on my facebook page and am mailing it to people who will love reading it! Bravo!

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you LuxmiH, I am humbled and appreciate your very kind remarks.


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sheila b. 5 years ago

I agree wholeheartedly! And the world agrees. There is no other country on earth with such a long waiting list for immigrants.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

sheila b....Right on, and Amen!

Thank you for stopping by.



Dusty 5 years ago

Chris, we've got a light in the tunnel right now and he is an example of Exceptional feats of victory, Herman Cain has a heck of a resume when it comes to turning losers into winners and he just topped the field over taking Romney with 22 percent check this out!


It is a revelation of this topic, spread the word mail him ten dollars for his campaign and vote for this guy!


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

We are an exceptional nation because this nation was founded by people who had an exceptional God! Peace, liberty, justice, abundance,courage and a heart to give are all come from putting God first as a nation! Great Hub!-WBA

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank YOU wba!! and I agree with you with your remarks.

I also appreciate your "Props" to me.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Dusty, I somehow missed your posts and I apologize. YOU my friend are very correct with Yamamoto's statement regarding " we have not defeated the Americans, we have awakened a sleeping giant" That is an excellent example of Americans arising to the occasion.

Thank you so much, I always take your words to heart when you speak.

Blessings to you,


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

I enjoyed reading this hub. It is good to see that someone other than me thinks this way. Voted up and awesome!

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Allen, I think we may have very much in common...and I thank you for your comments and your visit.


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feenix 5 years ago

Hello, CM,


Yes, that is the perfect description of this great nation of ours is.

And speaking of exceptional, this is an exceptional post. It is a wonderful tribute to the origins and current status of what is the greatest nation in the world.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi feenix! I always appreciate it when you come by to read my hubs, and thank YOU for your very kind remarks.

I have faith, that this exceptional country will once again RISE to its heritage's claim...of being a shining city upon a hill.....

sounds corny, but I love this country....and I still get choked up when I hear the National Anthem.

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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I think this is your best Hub yet, my friend. This article is exceptional! :D

Well done. Thank you for this needful service to our country. If only the children in our public schools learned the very message you delivered here.

God Bless You and Happy New Year!

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

God Bless You too, James

and thanks...

This really IS an exceptional Country, and though it seems to be down right now, It WILL, arise again.

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Freeway Flyer 5 years ago

Arrogance is not all bad, but anyway . . .

You mention the word principle several times. Personally, I make a distinction between some of the noble principles that our country was founded upon and the reality. When Thomas Jefferson (a slave owner) wrote that "all men are created equal", it was obvious that the nation was not anywhere close to living up to that principle. Still, the principle matters, because it would inspire some future Americans to push the country closer to its creed. But we are still not there, and probably never will be. Of course, the same thing can be said about every other nation that has ever claimed to be based on noble principles. So we are not an unusually bad nation, but I don't know if we are all that unusually good.

I am not trying to bash the United States like people you refer to as the so-called "left", but a belief in exceptionalism can become arrogance when people make the mistake of not making a distinction between principles and reality. It can be easy to confuse the actual actions of our country and people with the noble principles that we claim to be following. And citizens who fail to make this distinction can be easily manipulated by a government which claims that all of its actions are motivated by the desire to promote liberty.

And finally, can you please quote to me the part of the Constitution which indicates that our country was founded upon any particular religious ideas? (The Declaration of Independence, a non-legally binding document, does not count.)

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Okay, just for kicks and giggles I will respond to this:

"And finally, can you please quote to me the part of the Constitution which indicates that our country was founded upon any particular religious ideas? "

Article 6 in our Constitution says: "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution"

According to Webster’s Dictionary in 1828....

Oath: “A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. The appeal to God in an oath, implies that the person imprecates his vengeance and renounces his favor if the declaration is false, or if the declaration is a promise, the person invokes the vengeance of God if he should fail to fulfill it. A false oath is called perjury.”

This CLEARLY indicates a religious idea.

Just sayin...

also, despite how some of our politicians ACT, which can be very arrogant....It is still my firm belief, that our Nation as a whole IS exceptional, even to this very day.

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geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin


Well said!! I also think it's time to wake the "Sleeping Giant" again to put this country back on track. Voted up & awesome

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you very much geo, I really appreciate your support and votes.


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Freeway Flyer 5 years ago

That's a bit of a stretch, although it was probably true that in the late 18th-early 19th centuries, many people believed that there were religious implications for breaking an oath, and some still do. Of course, the non-religious may just see an oath as a promise, and they are more worried about being punished by the state for perjury than by God. Anyway, if that's the strongest religious statement in the Constitution - outside of the First Amendment - the notion that our nation was founded on Biblical principles is on a weak foundation. (The First Amendment, after all, is somewhat in conflict with the First Commandment. The Hebrew God was not a big fan of freedom of religion.)

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I don't think there is any stretch at all....words MEANT something to those guys....they deemed it neccesary to take an oath....and, oath meant an appeal to God.

I have written serveral hubs with my thoughts on God and our American Heritage.


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