Lord Acton's famous dictum again comes into play: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Is American exceptionalism a reality? Yes, but not the positive kind you're thinking of. Dirty Lying Bastards shows that the upper echelons of our American dreamscape is fraught with exceptional corruption, a corruption so systemically wide that it might very well tear down the whole of our society. The conglomeration of American politics and business, an unholy alliance, is the "enemy within" of which we REALLY NEED TO BE AFRAID. I fear we are in so deeply into denial that there is no way out of it. American fairness is now dead. Our conscience is also dead. It's all so pitiful.