Essay On American Exceptionalism

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I agree with the Brooks quote that it is only when we take seriously the values that make America exceptional can we truly understand politics and governance in the United States. In my opinion, the constitutional ideals of the United States make America very exceptional and better than all other countries of the world. The exceptionalism has also served as a model for many other developed and developing countries to follow. The point according to Brook text is that in order to understand politics and governance in the United States, one needs to be aware of and take seriously the values and institutions that make America exceptional. We do not mean exceptional in any absolute sense, to say that Americans tend to be idealistic or religious…show more content…
When America's founders declared independence on July 4, 1776, they pledged to each other: "our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honour" –and expressed their "firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence." In the zenith of an unfinished pyramid is an eye in a triangle surrounded with a golden glory. Over the eye are the words ANNUIT COEPTIS. On the base of the pyramid the numerical letters MDCCLXXVI, and underneath, the motto NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM. This is the image depicted on the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States of America. The Great Seal was carefully designed by the Founding Fathers to be a symbol of the United States both, to the world and to the future. It is America's symbolic mission statement. Although the eagle side of the great seal quickly became popular, the image on the reverse side remained obscure until it appeared on the one-dollar bill in 1935. As a result the image of the pyramid and radiant eye is usually associated with financial matters, this is a misleading view that overlooks the intended significance of a symbol that openly declares "God Bless
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