The United States is exceptional and support for traditional American values is why. We stand for individual freedom and responsibility, self-reliance, community involvement, hard work and a generosity of spirit. As such, we are a beacon of hope and admiration for the rest of the world. This is fact, not arrogance. I am a proud American.
We live in a world, however, where the enemies of freedom and our values abound. We must maintain a strong defense and conduct a vigorous foreign policy when and where our national interest demands. There is a reason why the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution recites that one of the document's main purposes is to "provide for the common defence." And it comes before "promote the general welfare". Without a nation, there would be no "welfare" to promote.