Post from Ed Brayton on Dinesh D'Souza's distortion of what De Toqueville said about American exceptionalism. De Toqueville was making fun of it.
I really despise the concept of American exceptionalism. I think the United States has given the world much, in particular the ideals of what a nation can be. We can take pride in that. BUT the whole concept of exceptionalism has been used to justify horrible abuses, including Manifest Destiny and the accompanying genocide of American Indians. In recent years it has been used to justify actions by our government, including torture, that we don't accept when done by other nations.