The quotable Matt Taibbi on his belief in American exceptionalism:
I feel sorry for Rudy that he can't love this country the way it is. I love America even with assholes like him living in it. In fact, I'm immensely proud of our assholes; I think America has the best assholes in the world. I defy the Belgians or the Japanese to produce something like a Donald Trump. If that makes me an exceptionalist, I plead guilty.
Taibbi’s column at Rolling Stone, Rudy Giuliani, American Soviet, features an interesting sketch of life in Russia in the first few years following the disintegration of the Soviet Union and well-worth reading for that alone. But Giuliani and his fellow American exceptionalists and their narcissistic nostalgia are the focus. You should read the whole thing.
Tip of the hat to Mrs M.