Amy Payne, The Foundry, September 13, 2013
This week in The New York Times — on September 11, no less — Russian President Vladimir Putin took issue with the idea of American exceptionalism. He wrote:
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
Yes, all humans are created equal — but not all nations are created equal. Heritage President Jim DeMint sent a letter to President Putin today explaining this idea.
[Editor’s Note: For a different view, see Jared Taylor’s essay “What the Founders Really Thought About Race.”]