By Newt Gingrich
Gingrich explains what American exceptionalism rather skill, why the Left has waged an attack on it, and why a rededication to American exceptionalism is vital to our country's survival.
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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. ”5 With God as the only recognized higher authority, the individual was made directly accountable to Him. America’s flourishing religious tradition stood in stark contrast to Europe’s rigid, conflict-ridden religious life, encouraging the Founders to believe that a country founded on liberty could not only survive, but thrive.
Embracing freedom at a time when Europe and the rest of the world were mired in monarchies and despotism, we settled the frontier, became the world’s foremost advocate of economic freedom, led the world in science and technology, vanquished fascism, won a half-century battle against worldwide Communism, and eventually emerged as the world’s sole superpower. Americans today still overwhelmingly believe in American Exceptionalism. S. ” Eighty percent of Americans responded “yes,” including 91 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of independents, and 73 percent of Democrats.
That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Excited murmurs shot through the crowd. The officer continued reading:That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.