American Exceptionalism has more in common with religion than traditional nationalism. It is a grand fantasy based on historical myths and delusions used to brainwash generations of citizens. Since the Plymouth Colony was established in 1620, our history has been one of genocide, slavery, torture, assassinations, invasions, violence, racism, sexism, and environmental degradation. The real history of the U.S. has been scrubbed from our textbooks as adeptly as any fascist government real or imagined.
We Americans live in a bubble of blissful ignorance that shields us from seeing our true selves in the mirror. We are quick to point out the flaws of other countries while we secretly overthrow an elected government or fly illegal drugs into the country to pay for violence and mayhem in other parts of the globe. Not content to be an example of democracy to the rest of the world, we have a long history of trying to impose our form of government on others through the barrel of a gun.
Instead of acknowledging our mistakes and trying to learn from them, we treat each one as an aberration that is unrepresentative of our true holy nature. Problem is, recent history clearly demonstrates that we’re lying to ourselves. Our dark nature continues to drive our actions with the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, the horrific torture of prisoners and unrestrained spying on U.S. citizens. Instead of scratching out an existence at the edges of society, the anti-intellectual, anti-science, anti-democratic forces in this country are being voted into office by a deaf, dumb and blind citizenry.
The future looks dim for this country. No one in the CIA will be prosecuted for spying on members of Congress. No one who approved of torture will be prosecuted. The rich keep getting wealthier at our expense. We continue to try and solve world issues with bombs and bullets. True change will only come about if we stop worshiping the false America and start being honest with ourselves about our faults.