Cheyanne's Campsite ...Where The Money Meets The Rubber of The Spirited Road in America Today !!: American Exceptionalism Is When people try to convince themselves of something what they know deep down in their hearts is really nothing more than boasting and overblown rhetoric. You might even say it is a sort of collective historical whistling in the dark. A way for Americans to convince themselves that, no matter what happens or how horridly they act on the world stage, everything is still always for the best and that they are in the best of all worlds.