America’s Unique Respect For Truth

The concept of American exceptionalism is often dismissed as empty jingoism.

I disagree. America is, in fact, different. A recent ruling from the European Union’s highest court illustrates why.

America exalts the truth, even though Americans rarely agree on what exactly the truth is. That is why the First Amendment and its guarantee of free and open speech is so central to what it means to actually be an American. No matter what your position on climate change or income inequality or same-sex marriage happens to be, you can discuss your conclusions and whatever you believe to be the facts that underlie them more or less to your heart’s content.