"America IS exceptional because of our revolutionary founding, our belief in the power of the people, our Constitution, our belief in liberty and equality, and the higher standard that we hold that government derives its power from the consent of its governed." That is rare and precious.
"Hats off! The colors before us fly... But more than the flag is passing by... Days of plenty and years of peace; March of a strong land's swift increase; Equal justice, right, and law, Stately honor and reverend awe; Sign of a nation, great and strong, To ward her people from foreign wrong: Pride and glory and honor,-all, Live in the colors to stand or fall. Hats off!" ~Henry Holcomb Bennet, from 'Hats Off'