A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters by Newt Gingrich

By Newt Gingrich

It’s turn into trendy one of the liberal elite to downplay, deride, even deny America’s greatness. The political correctness police insist that the USA is “hated” world wide for being too enormous, too strong, too wealthy, too profitable, too loud, too intrusive. And in addition to, it’s now not great to brag.

They are thoroughly lacking the point.

America’s greatness, America’s exceptional greatness, isn't according to that indisputable fact that we're the strongest, such a lot prosperous—and so much generous—nation on the earth. fairly, these issues are the result of yankee Exceptionalism.

To comprehend American Exceptionalism, as Newt Gingrich passionately argues in A kingdom Like No Other, one needs to comprehend our designated beginning as a kingdom. American Exceptionalism is located within the easy but completely awesome rules expressed within the assertion of Independence, “that all males are created equivalent, that we're endowed via our writer with sure unalienable rights, that between those are existence, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.”

Our state is outstanding, keeps Newt, simply because we—unlike any state prior to or since—are united through the assumption and the promise that no king, no govt, no ruling category has the ability to infringe upon the rights of the person. And whilst this kind of executive makes an attempt to take action, we'll vigorously reject them.

Sadly, many politicians and leaders this present day have forgotten our sacred dedication to those beliefs. Our executive has strayed alarmingly faraway from the scope of constrained powers framed through our Founders. in the meantime, the liberal media hunt down, and infrequently create, tales meant to painting the United States as a bully and a thief. Even our personal president turns out clueless, assuring us that certain, sure, he believes in American exceptionalism, like the Greeks think in Greek exceptionalism and the British in British exceptionalism.

But American Exceptionalism isn't really approximately cheerleading for the house staff. It’s approximately spotting and honoring the history-making, world-changing beliefs our Founding Fathers enshrined to make this a kingdom of the folk, via the folk, for the folk. And, as Lincoln warned, we needs to rededicate ourselves to these rules, lest our actually unprecedented country perish from this earth.

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Locke argued against the ideas of fellow Englishman Thomas Hobbes, who insisted it was man’s natural instinct to reject the dignity of his fellow man. ” For Locke, however, individuals in the “state of nature” were sovereign and equal under God, and therefore dignified. Locke observes:People in this state do not have to ask permission to act or depend on the will of others to arrange matters on their behalf. The natural state is also one of equality in which all power and jurisdiction is reciprocal and no one has more than another.

First, we must rediscover the meaning and vitality of American Exceptionalism. Focused on the maneuvering and horse trading of everyday politics, many Americans on both sides of the political aisle have lost sight of the vital principles that shaped our national identity and our entire system of government. We must understand and explain the enormous energy, innovation, and wealth that have resulted from our commitment to the principles underlying American Exceptionalism. A nation that dedicated itself to protecting the right of every citizen to pursue happiness witnessed an explosion of human creativity and progress that has continued apace for more than 230 years.

Most were farmers, shopkeepers, fishermen, or laborers, and several hundred were hard-bitten riflemen from the distant frontier, having trekked for weeks to join this fray. Few had tasted the sting of battle other than some veterans of the fighting up around Boston the year before, or those who had faced the French and their Indian allies out on the frontier nearly twenty years prior. Most lacked uniforms, and many were barefoot after wearing out their shoes on the way to New York. Looking out at the men, an officer stepped forward onto a hastily built dais and raised a thick sheet of paper.

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