Until NAUTICAL LOG came to be based in the USA some forty-five years ago and subsequently retired here one had never heard of the word " exceptionalism ". Not found in all American-English dictionaries it can be " Googled ®" and is explained as: The condition of being unique The theory that a nation does not conform to a pattern This is a status often claimed most often by public figures for the United States of America. While it may have once been partly true it no longer applies. Americans used to observe the minor laws while breaking the major ones one has heard it said that Americans would pay the parking meter while robbing the bank - again no longer true if it ever was. There has been a steady decline in recent decades under both Democratic and Republican administrations to were today we have arguments, fights and indeed gunfights over such minor things as parking spaces. Our cities both major and minor have an unbelievable level of violence - Chi
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