The Augusta Chronicle
Is America truly exceptional anymore?
Is it automatic that it will be?
The notion of American exceptionalism -- the sense that America is unique and special in the family of nations -- has been with us since at least Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville's glowing scouting report on this still-young nation. Most Americans have come to believe in it, especially since the World Wars of the last century and America's post-war rise, first to one of two world superpowers, and, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world's only remaining one.