To speak of America as exceptional is not to vaunt ourselves as better than other nations or peoples. Rather, it’s to celebrate and give rightful gratitude to founding principles that are inspired in their protection of sacred freedom.
Does loving America mean loving the people living there? I think so. And from my own experience, it’s not just soldiers we can thank for patriotic service to our nation.
“Exceptionalism” in reference to America has become, in many circles, a dirty word. This is a fresh look at why it shouldn’t be.
It’s not just a cliche. America really used to be great. At least many of us felt so—growing up loving it in so many ways. Why has that changed? And what must we do to awaken again this gratitude in our young people today?
America was founded on the principle that “all men are created equal”. Despite calls to isolate or secede, this is worth saving.
We’re right to mourn slavery as a country. It’s not what “birthed” America though.
The debate within the United States of America surrounding the Emancipation Memorial ought to remind us of the true source of our liberty.
While more Americans now support the removal of confederate monuments, with statues of our Founders now defaced, where will the line be drawn?