may be that America is the greatest country in the world.
Every politician, Democrat and Republican,
seems duty bound to pander to this idea of American exceptionalism,
and woe until him who hints otherwise.
There is nothing wrong with self-satisfaction or national pride.
But the incessant trumpeting of our national superiority to every other country
is more than just off-putting and insulting.
It is infantile, like the vaunting of a schoolyard bully
that his Dad is better than your Dad.
--Neal Gabler in the Boston Globe