Why does the U.S. have such a distinctive history? What is exceptional about us? How are we different from “normal countries” (Barack Obama’s term), like those in Western Europe, which are mostly content to dissolve their sovereignty in the secretive, autocratic European Union?
Just Another Godforsaken Country
If you ask most American liberals, and the historians they read, the answers are clear. We aren’t distinctive. We’re not exceptional, except that we embraced “diversity” through mass immigration before Europeans got the memo. We are a normal country, like France or The Netherlands. We’re just in denial about it. It’s the job of the Democratic party, our history teachers, and the U.S. courts to banish our old superstitions. To accept that there is nothing providential about American history. And that there was nothing Christian about its founding.
Our founders’ refusal to let Congress establish a U.S. church was meant to launch a radical separation of church and state. The purpose of that, we’re told, was to protect unbelieving citizens from the menace of “theocracy.” Those who disagree? They want to remake America on the model of Iran or Saudi Arabia. ….