The US was founded by people leaving England and Europe to get away from restrictive laws, customs, and poverty, and searching for opportunity. So were most of the other countries in North and South America, if you disregard the civilizations and people that were already here when the immigrants arrived.
I don't see how this makes the US exceptional at all. It's the history common to two entire continents.
I don't mean to sneer here, I just don't get the logic of skipping over all the other countries including ones of significant size like Canada, Mexico, or Brazil.
(edit: not to mention Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa)
Last edited by snoqueen
on Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:16 am, edited 1 time in total.