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charge that Obama is attempting to change America fundamentally is a staple of right-wing talk shows.Were Obama's policies to be continued, he suggests, America would become just another country.Many conservatives say that Obamacare, energy policy and the Dodd-Frank financial regulations have all violated a core difference between America and the rest of the world by expanding the role of the state in the economy.Most important, the size of America's government cannot be what has made America exceptional. In the 19th century, European governments also had limited "night-watchman" states – in fact, many of them even smaller than America's. Remember that in 1860, America was unusual, if not exceptional, among Western nations in the widespread prevalence of slavery.What then made America truly exceptional, from the start? America is a nation founded on diversity – of race, religion, national origin.There are efforts to change America. These ideas would fundamentally change America, tearing at its founding DNA.
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