By Newt Gingrich
Gingrich explains what American exceptionalism quite capacity, why the Left has waged an attack on it, and why a rededication to American exceptionalism is relevant to our country's survival.
summary: Gingrich explains what American exceptionalism quite capacity, why the Left has waged an attack on it, and why a rededication to American exceptionalism is crucial to our country's survival
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1 The Declaration sets forth an American Creed, a unifying body of beliefs to which the Founders and their countrymen subscribed. It is this creed, not Europe’s historic conception of blood and soil, that defines membership in the American nation. A creed is open to everyone who shares the beliefs, and immigrants become Americans through affirming it. The creed set America apart, an exception to the beliefs other countries have about organizing government and society. The American Creed is the source of American Exceptionalism to this day.
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A nation like no other : why American exceptionalism matters by Newt Gingrich