Identity Politics: The Denial of American Exceptionalism

From  the American Thinker:

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 foundations and founding principles but rather exists only to the extent that America is deemed a blank slate upon which any social, cultural, and moral preferences may be projected with an equal claim to legitimacy.

The civil rights movement, initially focused upon eliminating arbitrary, non-merit based discrimination, in the late 1960s shifted to the goal of promoting “diversity.”  Thus, “equality of opportunity” was supplanted by the new objective of equality of result. This change created a politically hardened left-wing no longer committed to incremental change, but instead dedicated to the deconstruction of traditional America and the narrative that goes along with it.

Read the rest here. 


One Response to “Identity Politics: The Denial of American Exceptionalism”

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