Understanding American Exceptionalism

Why is the United States of America different from other nations?

That we are even contemplating such a difference that is noted by observers from all over the world means that Culture itself is not an innate attribute. This one startling revelation brings to mind former President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel’s conclusion:

The Declaration of Independence states that the Creator gave man the right to liberty. It seems man can realize that liberty only if he does not forget the One who endowed him with it.

The United States of America is different from other nations because our institutions as created by our Founding Documents did not follow in the European model that placed their national well-being in the hands of a particular family or class of men. The American policy was to keep its national well-being in the hands of the people. This was because our Founding Fathers understood and had faith in the transcendent ability of all men to rise above their human nature in order to serve the public good. [Federalist 1 – Hamilton]

American Exception is based on a right understanding that appreciates the transcendent right of all men to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that treasures that only the individual can best determine his own self-interest.

Why is there no European Tea Party Movement?

Daniel Hannan – British Member of the European Parliment – explains in this interview with Uncommon Knowledge’s Peter Robinson – The Hoover Institution his understanding of American Exceptionalism to answer such profound questions such as why there is no European Tea Party Movement.



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