American exceptionalism?, What the heck is that? American Exceptionalism is the samething as American arrogance, which we seem to have in abundance. Is the US exceptional? being an American I would say absolutely. If I were another nation I might have another opinion. American exceptionalism is the same thing as having a positive self image, which we encourage everyone to have. A positive self image is very important for proper mental health. I would hope that every other nation in the world has the same "exceptional" idea about themselves, as a positive self image will keep them mentally stable, and moving in a positive direction, which is good for everyone. Do people really want the US to go around telling everyone in the world how much better we are than everyone else? It seems to me that that would be the best way to alienate the rest of the world. Weather we want to believe it or not we must get along with our neighbors and work with them. To see how this "exceptionalism" works, just ask yourself, "how long would I stay involved with someone if all they had to say is how much better they are than you." From the American point of view we are better, but isn't it really something we should keep to ourselves?