November 13, 2016

Sina-cism: An exceptional nation will endure together

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George Bancroft

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Election 2016 is over. The republic endures. And we now turn to the real issue. No, not economics, the Supreme Court or foreign policy, but this: Has the best of American exceptionalism survived this election?

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

By American exceptionalism I mean the idea that our nation, founded upon equality and liberty, plays a unique role as the bearer of freedom’s torch, and an inspiration to peoples everywhere. And while secularists may shudder at the thought, that exceptionalism has long carried religious connotations: America as the chosen people, a second Israel.

Take Worcester native George Bancroft. His “History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent,” published in 10 volumes between 1834 and 1874, was the most comprehensive, widely taught and influential account of the nation’s history in its day, shaping Americans’ views well into the 20th century.

Donald Trump

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Donald Trump

Chris Sinacola’s first Worcester Sun column [which appeared Nov. 22, 2015] warns liberals to not underestimate Donald Trump or his supporters

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One thought on “Sina-cism: An exceptional nation will endure together

  1. American exceptionalism is a psychological tool of the war propagandists on both sides of the political aisle. Warmongers form both the right and left feed and exploit this nationalistic emotion to justify their wars. The left calls their wars “humanitarian” but war is no less hell for its victims just because leftist bombs are made with love.

    America was given a golden opportunity to be exceptional in the world when our founders admonished: “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”

    It is tragic. We could have been the exception. And we could have led by example. But we chose a different path….the same old bloody path that’s brought down every empire that could not resist embarking on global domination. Hopefully it is not too late for us to learn from history.