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Marty Estrin
Marty Estrin

American Exceptionalism

America is the superpower of the World. We lead in innovation, science and freedom. America is truly exceptional. This is possible through our founding documents, and is evident through our success.

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers were written in avocation of the ratification of the United States Constitution, which would grant more power to the Federal Government than the Articles of Confederation did. In The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay write several essays explaining their reasoning and further advocate for more power to the federal government. Therefore, since the writers advocate for more power to the federal government, the writers of the Federalist Papers were technically Federalists. However, they did not believe in as much Federalism as the left does today. More specifically, to be a Federalist during the Founding Fathers' time meant that you advocated for slightly more power to the federal government than had already been granted, but you would still want most of the power to go to the states. Therefore, federalists during this time still wanted very little power to the federal government, and by today's standards, would be considered right-wing. This gives much explanation into the above quote, as one would generally not expect a federalist peace to include a quote about limited federal government. Furthermore, the concept enlisted in the above quote is quite profound. This is true because it explains the fact that the purpose of the constitution is to prevent the federal government from gaining too much power, and becoming abusive over the people and the states. The founding fathers specifically wanted the federal government to be limited in order to stop excessive government and secure the blessings of liberty to all of the United States. Therefore, much of what enables American Exceptionalism is the fact that the United states Constitution allocates much power to the states, and that the Federalist Papers made sure that limited federal government was a theme throughout the constitution.

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The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights

The above video explains the Bill of Rights in the United States. The Bill of Rights secure essential liberties to the people of the United States. Some of these liberties include the right to practice your religion, the right to free speech, the right to bear arms and more. At the time, this was a radical idea. This is true because at the time that the bill of rights was written, not many countries allowed for these liberties, and few people had all of the rights enlisted in the Bill of Rights. Therefore, the Bill of Rights sets the Untied States apart, and makes our country exceptional to this day. They help assure that we are a free country, and that we lead the World in freedom. It is widely accepted that the success and posterity that has taken place in the United States could not have happened if we did not have the Bill of Rights.

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Checks and Balances

Checks and Balances

Checks and Balances, a concept designed in the Constitution of the United States, is likely the most important peace in the Constitution that secures for freedom and limited government in the United States. This is true because the concept of checks and balances entails that there are three separate branches of government. Each of the three branches have separate responsibilities, and each of the branches have equal power. These three branches are the executive (The President of the United States), the legislative (Congress) and the Judicial (the courts). By having checks and balances, we are assured that no branch of government will become too powerful, and no group or individual will attain too much power. This is particularly important because if an executive (the President) has too much power, he/she will likely become a dictator and will limit the freedom of the people of the United States. I conclude that the fact that the President and other branches of government have limited, separated and equal power increases freedom and allows for the United States to be an exceptional country that consistently excels in both freedom and prosperity.

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The Ammendments to the Constitution of the United States of America

The Ammendments to the Constitution of the United States of America

The Constitution is known to be the most remarkable of the founding documents of the United States. It is the framework for a well- functioning, limited government. One specific piece of the constitution that is particularly vital to American Exceptionalism is the Amendments to the Constitution. The founders of the Untied States were aware that their work was not perfect, and they knew that as time progresses, the constitution would need to as well. Therefore, in order to secure our liberty throughout posterity, they allowed for the constitution to be amended. Many of the amendments to the constitution further secure liberty, and allow for a more perfect union. One specific amendment that does so is the amendment in the picture above, the 13th amendment. This amendment abolished slavery. Due to this amendment, no slaves were legally allowed in the United States, and many more people gained freedom. This amendment, and others in the Constitution, increased liberty and to this day, allow for the United States to be truly exceptional.

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A Leader in the Economy

A Leader in the Economy

The United States is known to be a World Leader. It continually excels is fields such as science, freedom and economics. In this museum, the sources that allow for this exceptional success are provided, and this museum explains the documents that allow for American Exceptionalism. This exhibit, however, explains a result of these documents, and is an example and proof of American Exceptionalism. This is true because this exhibit shows how (in 2012) we lead the economy, and were (and still are today the economic powerhouse of the World. Therefore, I conclude that this is firsthand evidence of the results of the documents explained in other exhibits, and shows proof of American Exceptionalism

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"Tear Down This Wall"

"Tear Down This Wall"

The video above is a clip of President Ronald Reagan's address in front of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall divided freedom from slavery, as the people west of the wall had little freedom, when the people east of the wall were (generally) free. When President Reagan gave this speech, he called upon Secretary General Gorbatschow, and told him to tear down the wall. The destruction of the Berlin wall would mean freedom for those west of the wall, and would be a symbol of freedom across the World. F
Furthermore, soon after Reagan's speech, the Berlin wall was torn down, and all those west of the wall were free. Therefore, this demonstrates that the United States is a force for good in the World, and is able to have an influence on foreign affairs. The destruction of the Berlin Wall was at incredible feat, and it was possible because of the actions of the United States. Therefore, this is yet another example of how the United States is an exceptional country that is a force for freedom across the World.

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The Freedom Tower-A Symbol of American Exceptionalsim

The Freedom Tower-A Symbol of American Exceptionalsim

One World Trade Center, also known as "The Freedom Tower" is a building in lower Manhattan, New York City. It is a memorial of the 911 attacks, as well as a symbol of the values of the United States. In addition, the Freedom Tower represents American Exceptionalism, as it is a complex architectural structure, and is a symbol of freedom and prosperity. It represents American Achievement, and being the leaders of the World. Furthermore, due to the fact that it is a memorial to the original Twin Towers, it also represents resilience, and the fact that if the United States is attacked, they will rebuild themselves and become stronger. It shows that we will overcome the acts of evil that are brought upon us, and make ourselves even more remarkable as a result.
I conclude that One World Trade Center is truly an example of American Exceptionalism and being the most advanced, powerful and resilient country in the World.

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