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An essay published in The Wall Street Journal Nov. 24 by Allen Guelzo, professor of history at Gettysburg College, said this about American exceptionalism: “But the two world wars thrust Americans, willingly and unwillingly, into the role of democracy-exporters. And we have learned, often to our embarrassment, that other nations do not welcome such exports, or do not offer fertile ground for their growth. To the contrary, Americans have often been handed back examples of their own shortcomings, along with demands that they conform to the standards of international institutions. And from that has arisen the anxiety that our exceptionalism is at best simply odd, and at worst simply arrogant."


On Nov. 18, 2017, President Trump introduced his congressionally-mandated “National Security Strategy” mission statement. 

Trump said, "A nation that does not protect prosperity at home cannot protect its interests abroad. A nation that is not prepared to win a war is a nation not capable of preventing a war. A nation that is not proud of its history cannot be confident in its future. And a nation that is not certain of its values cannot summon the will to defend them."

Should Americans be anxious about who we have been, who we are? Not me.

Wayne Mayo

Scappoose, Ore.

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