A nation like no other : why American exceptionalism matters by Newt Gingrich

By Newt Gingrich

Gingrich explains what American exceptionalism quite capability, why the Left has waged an attack on it, and why a rededication to American exceptionalism is primary to our country's survival.

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As a result of this “American voluntarism,” the colonies’ churches enjoyed much higher attendance rates and more committed congregations than was the case on the continent. Freedom of religion, absent the stifling bureaucracy and hierarchy that characterized Europe’s official churches, democratized the practice of faith in the American colonies, giving rise to a vibrant, pluralistic religious community. A British bureaucrat observed that the colonies had “no distinctions of Bishops, Priests or Deacons, no Rule or Order, no Dean Chapters or Archdeacons.

Indeed, America is perhaps the only nation on earth to fight a civil war over the nature of equality. Lincoln understood the wider ramifications of this struggle, repeatedly declaring that the United States was the “last best hope of earth,” and warning that the entire world would suffer if we failed to hold together a Union based on freedom. During the twentieth century, America emerged triumphant from terrible struggles in which we spent trillions of dollars and lost hundreds of thousands of lives.

For over four hundred years, America has cultivated a singular set of vigorous virtues and habits of liberty. We’re the people whose first sovereign act was to fire our king. We did so in a classically American way, with clarity and courage. We declared to the world who we are, explained which government actions were intolerable, and presented a clear case why King George III was a tyrant unfit to lead a free people. In proclaiming our rights as free men, we openly defied one of the greatest powers in the world.

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