By Newt Gingrich
Gingrich explains what American exceptionalism particularly skill, why the Left has waged an attack on it, and why a rededication to American exceptionalism is important to our country's survival.
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ENGLAND’S FIRST VENTURES IN AMERICA Though they regarded themselves as British, the Founders were conscious of their special status in the New World. They were the progeny of refugees, immigrants, utopians, and frontiersmen, living free from many of the ancient artifices and institutions of Europe, with the opportunity to import social structures or invent their own. For them, the intuitive claims of history could be reasoned and tested against rival notions before being accepted. America in effect became a great laboratory for experimentation.
The Stuarts rolled back many of those ancient liberties, but the ensuing English Civil War in the mid-seventeenth century, as well as the Glorious Revolution of 1688, revived Britain’s tradition of gradually limiting monarchical power. By the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a new doctrine was forming out of the British Common Law and the essays of political thinkers who chipped away at the legitimacy of absolute monarchs by proposing that citizens held permanent rights transcending those of governments.
Ultimately, it is that faith—those ideals—that are the true measure of American leadership. 5 Nevertheless, looking past Obama’s rhetoric, his policies betray a fundamental misunderstanding of what American Exceptionalism really means. ” These ideals must be manifested in actual policies. On this score, Obama’s record as president comes up woefully short. Imposing a centralized, top-down healthcare system that forces all Americans to buy a private service—health insurance—does not advance or preserve freedom.
A nation like no other : why American exceptionalism matters by Newt Gingrich