Really well said.
Oddly, though, they find immense solace in, and trumpet, the worst practices of other countries (“Go ahead and try being an illegal immigrant in Mexico or Saudi Arabia. See how they treat you”) but literally Could Not Care Less about how countries execute best practices*.
It’s the sort of deep-seated insecurity that only finds succor in tribalism (viz: nationalism and religious fundamentalism – two things that – IIRC – Deepak Chopra referred to as “scourges of Humanity.”)
Incidentally, for the American Exceptionalist crowd: to the extent that they think any thing or everything in the US is great, it got to be that way in spite of them, not because of them.
No problem was ever fixed … no situation was ever made better … through ardent denial and boisterous jingoism.
*It reminds me of a line from an old Jewish jokes song about “Irving – the 142nd fastest gun … in the West:” “A hundred-and-forty-one could draw faster than He, but Irving was looking for one-forty-three.”
That’s our American Exceptionalism friends: as long as they’re not dead last, they’re content, and ready to send checks to The Grifter du Jour.
Because … 'Murica !