We're no better than those who live in other countries.
We happen to live in a country where a group of men, two hundred plus years ago, tried to create a government where power would be dispersed, hoping that this creation would live on and insure freedom for posterity.
But their creation has been so eroded that it no longer resembles their original intent.
This is no reason to think that we are exceptional.
Now, if those alive today were able to restore the original intent of the forefathers, then THAT would be reason to think of ourselves as exceptional.
Never trouble trouble til trouble troubles you. Fortune Cookie