Obama's entire domestic platform is based on an overt sense of establishing unexceptionalism. Bailing out irresponsible borrowers and corporations on the backs of tax payers (most of which are considered "rich" or close to it) is yet another venture into the realm of unexceptionalism. After all, it's those who were responsible with their borrowing, exceptional by today's standards, who have to pay for the mistakes of the unexceptional, the irresponsible.
Obama's definition of fairness doesn't take personal acheivement into account at all, except in reverse. Obama wants to restore "fairness" to the tax code but his changes will mean an already lopsided contribution scheme will only get worse. Obama favors raising capital gains on the wealthy, even if it stymies investment, because (he says) it's fair. It's not fair to the investors, whom already likely pay more in taxes than fully 40 plus-percent of the populace. Nor is it fair to the market itself. So who is really gaining from this fairness? Truth be told, no one, and I guess in that respect you can call it fair. Yet all this fairness does is encourage people to be less exceptional.
But the biggest area in terms of inspiring America to be unexceptional is in President Obama's health care plans. Americans are so equal, so unexceptional in their individual merits, that access to health care should be equal regardless of what they contribute to society.
The left will call me heartless for not caring about the 50 million uninsured, they will say that Obama is only offering health care to those who don't have it and the rest of us can continue to use our existing health care plans. However, by providing a government sponsored alternative, employers have no reason to continue paying into a private sector health care system, and this will ultimately lead to it's demise. This will impact not just the quality of health care across the board but also the level of ingenuity and advancement, given to us by exceptional doctors and researchers, whose individual work has benefited the collective.
The very people Obama has forwarded to run with the government take over of America's health care industry invariably support rationing as the main means to lower costs. (Tom Daschle wrote about rationing health care extensively in his book). Rationing is the ultimate expression of unexceptionalism - we are all so damn terribly equal and unexceptional in our individualism. Mere drones in the bees nest we call America. Even if there was a 1 in 20 chance that a certain procedure might help, it will be stricken from the arsenal to reduce costs, in the name of what's best for the hive. Yet we are not bees.