Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of "American exceptionalism" by political conservatives as a "battle cry from a new front in the ongoing culture wars."
Sarah Palin and many other prominent conservatives assert that "God has granted America a special role in human history." It is this belief about America's destiny that they say is "under attack" by liberals who downplay America's distinctiveness.
Are these leaders saying that America has a special relationship with God?
How do you interpret this?
America is exceptional because the Founding Fathers accepted the notion that law is king and made it a reality. At the time of the nation's founding, Lex Rex (law is king) was a radical political philosophy. Today, we call our politicians servants. In 1776, you would be put to death for making a similar analogy. The notion that the King--substitute President, Prime Minister, Senator, Representative, or MP--is Law (Rex Lex), and thus answers to no one is repulsive. Thank America for that change.
Without America, the idea that government is "of the people, by the people, for the people," would be strange. The United States, by declaring independence, defeating an empire, and ratifying the Constitution and Bill of Rights, forever changed the world's political model. America's revolution continues to be a source of inspiration for people who seek freedom, liberty, and security.
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Please note that in discussing political issues, candidates positions and political party statements, Jordan Sekulow is offering analysis in his individual capacity as lawyer and commentator. He is not speaking on behalf of the American Center for Law & Justice. The ACLJ does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office. Nothing contained in this article should be construed as the position of the ACLJ.
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