December 2, 2011

THAT'S THE GREAT THING ABOUT AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM...:

The Grand Alliance: A review of Churchill and America, by Martin Gilbert (Steven F. Hayward, Spring 2006, Claremont Review of Books)

Peel away the layers of the Left's disdain for the Bush Administration and you find a fundamental discomfort with the idea of American exceptionalism--the idea, as old as the founding itself, that America is a special, even providential nation because it is, in Leo Strauss's words, "the only country in the world which was founded in explicit opposition to Machiavellian principles." In sum, the chief political division of our time may be over the nature and meaning of America itself.

It is not surprising, then, that Europeans, committed to an increasingly watery internationalism, take exception to American exceptionalism. Winston Churchill was one of the few foreign statesmen of the last century who embraced American exceptionalism and understood its importance for the world. "My faith in the progress of America is unshakeable," he said in middle age. Churchill believed in "Anglo-Saxon superiority"; he saw America's greatness as the fruit of democratic principles first sown in Britain. In 1955, during his final Cabinet meeting as prime minister, he adjured his Cabinet, "Never be separated from the Americans," an axiom his successors have largely heeded.


...it's Anglosphere-wide and didn't even start with us.

Posted by at December 2, 2011 6:28 AM
  

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