Those who believe in “American Exceptionalism” should be aware that the “qualitative difference” between America and other nations that make us exceptional is a depreciable asset. It is diminished when our elected officials act like they’re running a third world country.
How can you be exceptional if your elected officials behave like spoiled four-year olds, stomping their feet and demanding their own way on every point?
How can you be exceptional if you tell the capital markets, on whom you are completely dependent for funding and the future of your society, that you’re not capable of governing yourself and managing your affairs?
I see no path to correct this situation quickly, so we’re stuck with this for the foreseeable future.
Alexis de Tocqueville said that “in a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.” This is our fault. Enough of us don’t go to the ballot box and those of us that do go are careless once there. We’ve created a society in which those best capable of guiding our country understandably don’t want to expose themselves and their families to the unnecessarily intense spotlight of public life, driven by an entertainment-media culture that is not driven by giving the American public information, but is instead driven by its own ratings–in the guise of providing “information” and generating conflict among leaders and elected officials.
I am exceptionally concerned about what the near term future holds for us.