The end of American exceptionalism

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For years, Americans often looked down on other countries, where people seemed to be unable to govern themselves.

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These people lurched from crisis to crisis.

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They couldn’t behave like grown-ups.

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They couldn’t control their mobs.

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They liked strongmen who showed little regard for the rule of law.

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We wondered what was wrong with them.

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They were unsophisticated. Simple-minded. Poor them.

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We thought we were different. Better. Even exceptional.

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Yet, here we are.

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