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How Joseph Stalin Invented 'American Exceptionalism'

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The phrase is often attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, but the real author was the Soviet dictator -- and it wasn't a compliment. Rick Santorum and the rest of GOP presidential gang all have a man-crush. Considering he was an outright intellectual elitist, a shaggy-haired liberal, and -- horror of horrors -- French, the object of their adoration seems a bit surprising, but the French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville and his 1835 United States travelogue, Democracy in America, have surged into national politics this campaign cycle -- often linked to the nascent expression "American exceptionalism." Last year Gingrich published A Country Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters, a book overflowing with praise for Tocqueville. The 'history consultant' [LOL] was wrong again. Stalin is laughing his ass off...

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