By Newt Gingrich
Gingrich explains what American exceptionalism quite potential, why the Left has waged an attack on it, and why a rededication to American exceptionalism is valuable to our country's survival.
summary: Gingrich explains what American exceptionalism relatively potential, why the Left has waged an attack on it, and why a rededication to American exceptionalism is principal to our country's survival
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His audience stirred, anticipating what it was—an explanation of why they were here, why the invasion fleet was off-loading just a few miles away, and why they would be called upon to court death in the months to come. ” the officer cried, his voice carrying across the park and echoing up the street of Broad Way. The chattering civilians who had gathered, most in support of the troops, some showing disdain, fell silent. ” He paused as the intense heat pushed beads of sweat down his face, and then continued: The Declaration of Independence When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
By the time of America’s founding, by contrast, religious pluralism was flourishing in the colonies, which provided a welcome home for religious refugees. In America, citizens were free to select the church they attended without government interference. 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.
S. 6 A system in which companies need an army of tax specialists, Washington insiders, and well-connected lobbyists to compete is a system in dire need of reform. This state of affairs breeds corruption as well as widespread cynicism toward both business and government. Yet too many people today accept this arrangement as our normal state of affairs, discounting the possibility that there is a better way, a system in which a smaller, more accountable and transparent government allows more freedom for people and businesses to compete honestly, a system where there is more incentive for technological breakthroughs, creative thinking, and innovative methods than there is for peddling political influence and manipulating the rules.