We've got Kiev on fire, with the citizens in frank revolt against their government. There are months-long protests going on in Venezuela and Thailand, too. You know what bums me out pretty fierce? The slack-jawed apathy of the American population that is getting as screwed over as the citizenry of these three nations, and we do nothing.
You know what the exception is in America? We've got enough teevee and kitten videos on the Internet to keep us pacified, even as able-bodied American workers give up.
We've got West Virginia turning into the Love Canal, and no-one outside of the situation really knows or cares unless they're news-junkies anyway.
We've got morons trying to convince the state government that the Bible really isn't actually unconstitutionally applied in public schools when they burble about creationism as a scientific theory instead of a stupid sky-fairy tale.
We've got children dying in classrooms because fools value guns over humans.
American exceptionalism lies not in the values some would wrap a flag around; it lies in the complete failure of the general citizenry to demand that government function properly or by George Washington's wooden teeth we'll make it do so.
Rant ends. Thank you for your time.