American Exceptionalism vs. American Exemptionalism
The solidarity of the United States formed under the tyranny of an oppressive monarchy and did so for the purposes of protecting the individual rights of each citizen, to exempt them from the same injustices they’d suffered under a king’s rule. This philosophy alone was enough to make America exceptional. They required no far flung armies subduing foreign peoples, no economic dominion over the fate of far-off countries, nor were they the cultural nor educational nor scientific center of the English speaking world - this would all follow as a result of the true exceptionalism: it would follow personal liberties. And while the definition of a ‘citizen’ was born into law, the original semantics themselves too bred to exceptions, it was the notion that people could better rule themselves than be ruled by a monarchy exempt from accountability and from their own laws and levies. And while the definition of ‘citizen’ has necessarily and thankfully broadened we see that that corruption of power that once tempted English Sovereigns to lose their sovereignty and become too detached from reality, losing their grasp of cause and effect only to substitute force of will and weapons spurred by magic thinking in reason’s stead: our own exceptional country’s leaders became exempt from many of the laws of our country long ago and it has only worsened with the years, spreading their corruptions to the world at large, exempt from those laws as well. This is not exceptional. This is normal. This is what tyrants do, and have done traditionally, for thousands and thousands of years.
How many examples of America’s Empire thrashing and flailing upon the world stage do we need? How many honor clad admirals and generals and chicken hawks roosting at Capitol Hill need to sell us on ‘American interests’ far from America that Americans soldiers will need to fight and die and kill to ‘protect’? And how many wars will be enough to subdue an enemy that shadowy American leaders helped to create, and still aid by proxy? How many Peace Prizes will make it all look alright? How many more candidates for the office will call the bloody trail behind them 'accomplishments' or 'experience' and do they deserve Peace Prizes too?
And how deep a debt should Americans accept for the prices of these unending, unconstitutional, internationally illegal foreign wars passed from President to President like artwork and furniture, like they were a fixture of the office itself? How much do Americans owe the world to be building so many other nations while ours falls apart from within by entropy and intrigue? How much tax payer money will fix what so many of our criminal leaders broke all to pieces or by negligence allowed to lapse into infirmity?
Most of our leaders are not for us. Tyrants never are - they are for themselves – each of them – for themselves. This is what tyrants do. This is normal. Too normal it seems for our own good. Too normal for some of our fellow citizens to even see the corruption in it. And while our founding fathers were far from perfect, it was some of their expressed intent to see liberty spread to their citizenry broadly. America was not formed to be a normal nation like so many that came before and have since: we were not formed to conform to the failures of rulers that exempted themselves into exceptionalism, but a national that asserted in law that all of its people were equal under that law, as we are also in the 'eyes of God' so to speak; a nation that did not steal from its citizens with excessive taxation, nor raise massive standing armies that could be as misused as we see presently. We were explicitly designed as an exception; as a nation that grappled with the often flawed laws of mankind to affirm the perfect laws of nature – for what Monarch, what tyranny, what power is exempt from them in the end?