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Although the concept of American exceptionalism may predate the actual term, the phrase "American exceptionalism" originates from the American Communist Party. The term comes from an English translation of a condemnation made in 1929 by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin criticizing Communist supporters of Jay Lovestone for the heretical belief that America was independent of the Marxist laws of history "thanks to its natural resources, industrial capacity, and absence of rigid class distinctions." Early examples of the term's usage include a declaration made at the 1930 American Communist convention proclaiming that "the storm of the economic crisis in the United States blew down the house of cards of American exceptionalism." 
The phrase fell into obscurity for half a century, until it was popularized by American newspapers in the 1980s to describe America's cultural and political uniqueness. "American exceptionalism" saw a rapid rise in usage during the late 2000s, as a response to worries over America's role in the global financial crisis. The phrase was first used in a political campaign by Republican presidential candidates during the 2008 presidential elections.
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
reply to post by Open_Minded Skeptic
Yup, but what country is making the hammers now?