The myth of American exceptionalism — the belief held onto by too many citizens that the U.S. is the best country in the world and blessed by God to remain so for generations — is dead.
Of course, millions of African-American, poor, homosexual, Hispanic and other Americans have known the truth about exceptionalism for decades. Every single day of their lives, they saw power in the hands of others being used against them. Whether it was a job, a promotion, a good education or other opportunity for growth, these Americans knew the system was against them; exceptionalism was reserved for groups to which they didn’t belong.
A majority of Whites chose to do nothing about the “other,” except to offer polite platitudes and undertake some volunteer work. (I stand guilty as charged.)
But as of Jan. 31, 2020, the remainder of rational America can now say the same thing — exceptionalism is a mirage. In fact, it’s dead.
It was on this Friday that Republicans in the U.S. Senate said a president can be above the law. They said there was no reason to hear from credible people that the president might have abused his power. They mocked the idea that evidence, not favoritism, ought to determine innocence or guilt.
They flushed democracy down the drain.
They might be ashamed of what they opted to do, but they also showed zero conviction and ethical behavior. When asked to do what was right, they chose to be selfish.
Exceptional nations affirm each day that the law applies to everyone equally. Exceptional nations affirm each day that opportunity is available for all. Exceptional national affirm each day that improving the lives of every citizen is paramount.
African-Americans, the poor, homosexuals, Hispanics and many others saw through this charade decades ago. On Jan. 31, 2020, the mainstream who don’t count themselves as racist and feckless finally did, too.