1. America is exceptional in its stance on civil liberties
America is exceptional because prior to and after Americans achieved independence, they showed that they really did take their freedoms seriously. The first English colonies in North America had been established by the people who wanted to get away from the excesses of the English royal government in the early 1600’s. The same freedom loving spirit made their descendants rebel against the Crown in the late 1700’s. They did not expect much from their new government, other than to protect the peace and otherwise leave them alone. They didn’t wait for government to show them how to build a vibrant civil society; they just did it, and to a greater extent than any people before or since. In the 19th century, they settled the continent, they formed endless and powerful problem-solving, private entities, they cultivated the virtues necessary for freedom to survive, and they welcomed millions to their shores to share the freedom experience with them.