This is really the only part of your entire piece I disagree with. We need to disavow the notion that Americans are special. We're no better or worse than any other nationality. It's this belief that we're somehow special, due to what the accident of birth, that has led to so much of the hubris that keeps us stuck propping up those "dog poop" values. We're burning the world down and we know it. Truly special and enlightened people would step forward and take on the responsibility for correcting the mistakes of the past. We just seem unable to get beyond our past glories.