The word “exceptional,” however, is often used in a manner than can lead to confusion as to what America’s place in the world should be. And this view certainly extends to the Tea Party movement, much of whose base philosophy I am sympathetic toward.
I recently put the “exceptional” Tea Party question to my friend Bob Levy, Cato Institute chairman. Here are Bob’s cogent comments.
What makes America “exceptional”—a concept misunderstood by persons in and out of the Tea Party—is not the ability to project power globally, but rather a political philosophy centered on limited government and the sanctity of individual liberty.”
Bob’s thinking should stand as benchmark for Americans wishing to support a foreign policy platform that can actually represent us all.