American Exceptionalism?

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American exceptionalism is a term bandied about frequently in a derisive manner more often than not.  What does it mean?  The superficial understanding is that America is a great nation (economically, politically and militarily), and as such has standing in the world that cannot be challenged.  This kind of understanding, or attitude if it’s true, is repugnant, arrogant and unacceptable in this writer’s opinion.  When nations around the world identify America with its political meddling, military posturing, intrusions and/or its banking community enslaving them to debt, then our image is exceptionally bad.

American exceptionalism, as this writer understands it, is the result of historical events that have been dismissed as anachronistic and out of hand by the Establishment and its leftist, socialist, Marxist minions.  American exceptionalism started with the Mayflower Compact and went on to the fruit of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  As you can see from the link, this was the first time in history that man organized a nation based upon self government under the objective authority of the Bible and the Biblical  God.

Prior to this, government was based upon the “divine right of kings”, or worse yet paganism, tribalism and dictatorships.  The key word is “self” (government).  If the “self” involved is apathetic, then evil men can take over – call it an oligarchy.  Does that sound like what’s happened in America?  If the “self” is involved in government, but is ignorant and/or unprincipled, then the “self” becomes evil, and you have democracy run amok.   Oligarchies have historically utilized democracy as a viable tool to conceal their greedy corrupt wicked machinations and manipulations from behind the scenes.

Is America “exceptional”?  In its founding and its founding principles, it is.  In its current state, America is just exceptionally evil and repugnant, although there are good people in America trying to restore it.  Is the restoration of America out of reach for people of principle, character, integrity and high moral standards?  That’s hard to say – only God knows.

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  1. PJ London · · Reply

    Except that ‘self government’ was in place in Athens, Sparta, Rome, the Essenes, Iceland, Faroe, Chola (India) and a hundred other places long before 1620.
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    “Democracy passes into despotism.”  
    Plato 427 BC-347 BC
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    The Iroquois in the 1400s had self and participatory government in America before the Mayflower even landed.
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    “On the surface, democracy seems to encompass all social ideals and appears to be the epit­ome of political government. The motivating principle asserts the inherent right of all to participate in government and determine pub­lic policy. But with unquestioned power invested in popular opinion, democratic idealism deteriorates rapidly into government by organised majorities.
    To exercise control over an apparent­ly self-governed democracy is only to understand and utilise the principles of mass psychology. The demagogues who successfully ex­ploit social and economic disorders and identify themselves with the majority, ultimately attain oli­garchic power.
    Democracy has always enjoyed broad acclaim as the champion of political justice. But history amply indicates that government by pop­ular opinion has spawned nothing but social and moral chaos. No matter how wisely begun, skilfully expedited, or enlightened the self-governed, the self-governed states have followed similar pat­terns of degeneration to mob an­archy.”
    R Newell.

    With regard to the Mayflower Compact, the signees would have been horrified at the idea that women, natives and servants could have a voice in deliberations and would never have agreed to allowing them to vote.
    It acknowledges that they are subjects to the King and has no reference to how such a ‘body politick’ would be arranged, run or managed. Doesn’t even give a nod to democracy merely says that they would have some form of local governance, no different to say Northampton or Nottingham. America stayed a colony ruled from London until 1776.
    The colonies had no Autonomy and Cromwell as Lord Protector got rid of both the King and the Lords, running a participatory government fro 1653.

    You could try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPHSXUS0_1c

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    1. PJ As always, very appreciated and your knowledge of history appears extensive, and your ability to reason and articulate your thoughts are excellent. I made a couple of minor edits – I hope you will find them helpful. The video confirms my view as stated although in greater detail. (Too bad it can’t be conveyed without the profanity, but that is the way of the day) I probably should have clarified my position on the “first” nation in the history of the world. We are the first nation in the history of the world that formed a self-governing nation restrained and constrained by the God of the Bibe and His morality which is implied, and stated both, in the Mayflower Compact and subsequent documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution – do a word search on the BLOG for further insight. The other nations of which you speak leaned upon a pagan world view, and paganism has an even more deadly history than democracy. I believe it was James Madison who said that democracies are short lived and die a violent death. America is a republic (rule by law – initially Biblical law, and now warm and fuzzy feel good democracy law. Our democratically (not to be confused with democracy) elected officials were to stand in the gap and make sure that the Constitution was defended and upheld in any legislation that was proffered. That idea went out the window in the early 1800’s to some extent, and by the early 1900’s completely out the window. The decline since then has accelerated almost on a logarithmic basis. Restoration will likely not happen as long as the government is in charge of education as well as suppression of Biblical Christian moral precepts as in reality, not in misinterpretation and exaggeration. Keep the comments coming – I appreciate them.

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      1. PJ I made a couple of minor edits which I hope are helpful

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      2. PJ London · ·

        We are on a very slippery slope.

        “Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith– We need believing people.” —
        Unfortunately written in Mein Kampf : Adolf Hitler

        There are many, in fact virtually all are religions based on sound moral and ethical rules and concepts.
        Christianity, Buddhism, Scientology, Sikhism all of them.
        Classical Sufi scholars have defined Sufism as “a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God”. Alternatively, in the words of the Darqawi Sufi teacher Ahmad ibn Ajiba, “a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine, purify one’s inner self from filth, and beautify it with a variety of praiseworthy traits”.

        The issue is not with the precepts but in the execution.
        All religions and all practices dissolve and the ethics are discarded in favour of power.
        All theocracies become despotic, the rule of the Roman Catholic church was perhaps the most rapacious and bloodthirsty of any rule.

        “I implore you to recognize the Church as a lady and in the name of the Pope take the King as lord of this land and obey his mandates. If you do not do it, I tell you that with the help of God I will enter powerfully against you all. I will make war everywhere and every way that I can. I will take your women and children and make them slaves…The deaths and injuries you will receive from here on will be your own fault and not that of his majesty nor of the gentlemen that accompany me. —
        “The Requirement”, read by Spaniards (in Latin) to native tribes they encountered in the New World

        “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” —
        C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)

        I do not have an answer and believe that there is no answer. The most beneficial rule to date is that of “Benevolent Despotism”. It has been in place for 30,000 years in the majority of nations and states. Whether Monarchy, Theocracy, Dictatorship or elected, a despot who cares more for the people or nation than for a specific group or class is to be preferred over all other forms or rule.
        (EG Cromwell, Vlad, Castro, Assad, Putin and Xi) They do more good and less harm than those grubbing for the next election or those trying to grab all the loot before being deposed and banished.

        The good thing is that we only have to put up with this nonsense for 70 or so years and can then move on.

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  2. Patrick Henry · · Reply

    Maybe the term was suggested by those who might excuse themselves from playing by the same rules as would a Christian nation.

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    1. Do I detect a little tongue-in-cheek cynicism/sarcasm? You may be on to something! Ah, but I digress – we must always look for the good in men – but watch out for the bad!!!!!

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    2. PJ London · · Reply

      The problem with ‘a Christian nation’ is described by Mahatma Gandhi : “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

      Not one nation regardless of their profession of faith has lived up to even an approximation of the ethics of Christ, never mind the teachings.
      If they did so, they would immediately be accused of being “Communist” as with the Essenes and Nazarenes.
      How would you interpret the instruction “If a man strikes you turn the other cheek.”?
      Christ recognised that his philosophy could not run a civic society. “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesars.”
      No matter what we do in our personal ethics, morals, faith and behaviour, when it come to society and organised living, we are screwed.
      If not even our family can believe and live the way we do, if our churches and mosques and synagogues are centres of divisiveness and friction what hope is there for anything more complex?

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      1. PJ I inadvertently deleted some of my comments/responses, and I don’t remember if I responded to this or not. If not, I will do so now, and if I did, there may be some fresh thoughts here if you care to hear them. You are so right (or Gandhi was) that “Christians” do not reflect Christ and His teaching. That is a broad brush though, and some Christians do reflect Christ’s teaching. None do it perfectly. One who does or who sincerely promotes Christ’s teaching should not be, although might be, called a “Communist”, but that would be most incorrect as Communists declare themselves scientific atheists, and as such, give glory to man and the state. A true Christian would not do that; he/she would give glory to Christ. Jesus said “you will have the poor with you always”. He did not call for a state welfare program. That is one of the purposes of the church. When people turn from the church to the state as their church, then Satan has had a victory, and the church has suffered a demise. There is a bumper sticker that says; “Christians are not perfect, just saved.” A look back in the Old Testament at the ancient Jews and how they fell away from God time and time again should point out that human nature never changes. It is only God working in the hearts of men that causes and changes – especially meaningful and eternal change. God told the Jews to “circumcise your hearts”, and He knew they could not do that on their own – it would take a supernatural act of His to accomplish that. A saying that I came up with is; “A smart man learns from his mistakes, a wise man learns from other’s, and a fool never learns at all.” Watching what’s going on in the world today leads me to believe the world is run, and heavily populated by, fools.

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