Here's an excerpt from Shane's article:
"Candidates and presidents generally oblige them, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney included. It is permissible, in the political major leagues, for candidates to talk about big national problems — but only if they promise solutions in the next sentence: Unemployment is too high, so I will create millions of jobs. It is impermissible to dwell on chronic, painful problems, or on statistics that challenge the notion that the United States leads the world — a point made memorably in a tirade by the dyspeptic anchorman played by Jeff Daniels in the HBO drama “The Newsroom.”"
"It's the sense or the claim that the United States stands out in a positive way." - Scott Shane's definition of American exceptionalism.
Cliff May says he thinks exceptionalism is not "we're number one" but that we have a unique destiny and role.
Cliff May says that Great Britain passed the torch of global leadership after World War Two to American.