Tocqueville's Definition Of Exceptionalism

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The first part of Tocqueville’s definition of exceptionalism is liberty. Liberty is defined as “The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority,” and liberty has always been a defining factor of American values. Liberty has constantly been present in America but with the start of the new millennium liberty was threatened like never before. September 11th started the decade of unrest and challenge of freedom, President George W. Bush said to congress after the terrorism act that “freedom itself is under attack” and under attack it was. To protect the citizens of the United States, the congress issued the Patriot Act on October 26th, 2001 (Duignan). The Patriot Act gave Federal officials greater authority
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