Identity politics: The Denial of American Exceptionalism

In 1630 John Winthrop established the basis of American exceptionalism with these words: "For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us." Since that time, America has stood for the promise of escape from tribal loyalties and hatreds, the limitations of social heredity, and from the cruelties of religious intolerance. Uniquely, America remains true to its cultural underpinnings -- founded upon a substrate of Anglo-Saxon society with Judeo-Christian values -- while still welcoming new citizens through a bonafide assimilative process.  Generations of people came here not merely in search of new space to grow, but on a quest for this cultural paradigm that defines America. However, with the advent of the civil rights era a new approach to American self-consciousness emerged, one founded upon the belief that America is fundamentally flawed.  Under this belief system any greatness this nation possesses derives not from our cultural...(Read Full Article)