But this recent move of theirs to withdraw from the European Union! It certainly made me appreciate Britain as the Exceptional Nation. As luck would have it, I had been reading books by Madame de Staël [*], written during the Napoleonic era. She too praised Britain as the exceptional nation, not that she used that exact phrase.
The pre-Brexit polls showing the opposite result look a little fishy, to say the least. Oh, but we don't want to give into conspiracy theories!
How many Americans are feeling the irony and significance of these two recent moves by the Exceptional Nation of Britain? We were all by brainwashed by the government's schools that Americans were 10 feet tall, and that:
- we had courageously broken away from the evil empire of the British king, George III; a president is better than a king,
- democracies never start wars,
- we were always the Good Guys in wars, and that we always won our wars,
- Congress is the essence of self-government,
- we were heroic, risk-taking pioneers and entrepreneurs.
How threadbare this myth has turned out to be!
[*] See her free books on Gutenberg.org and elsewhere. What a remarkable story is her life.