Jim Hightower: Exceptionally mediocre on a global scale
America the Beautiful! America the Greatest! We're No. 1, right?
Absolutely, naturally, and indisputably. At least that's the theocratic pronouncement of far-right-wing nativists who preach the dogma of American "exceptionalism." They use the concept as a not-to-be-questioned litmus test of our patriotism.