I'm an American. I still believe in American exceptionalism, but perhaps now more than ever, I have come to understand that exceptionalism is not a result of merit ... but grace. I came to that conclusion after honestly asking myself: Are we smarter than the Romans, who built a republic thousands of years ahead of us; more brilliant than the Germans, from whom we developed our rocket and space technology; better than the Brits, who were one of the largest empires ever built, or more tenacious than the Russians, who stopped the Germans in WW II? I doubt it.
So, what made America exceptional? Certainly, at the time of the revolution it was not our military or financial prowess. Exceptionalism did not rest in the hands of the Continental Congress, who were as feckless as any deliberative body ever assembled. The case could be made that Washington was exceptional, yet he lost battle after battle, almost to the point of mutiny among his men and top generals.
What, then, was that spark that set this nation apart from all others on earth? Sure, we have an abundance of natural resources: land, warm water ports, and so much more; still, I believe, to accurately define exceptionalism, one must look to the words of the Declaration of independence.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
There it is. It is this one thing that defines American exceptionalism. Not our defense of life, although it is principle to our continued existence as a nation; nor is it liberty, without which life has very little savor; nor is it happiness, which is found both in the pursuit of happiness as well as in the attainment. And, based upon what, did our founders cleave to the notion that any of these three were attainable? Certainly not from their experience in England or Europe.
It was because of their acknowledgement, understanding and embrace of the fact that these three diamonds of human enrichment did not exist because of their mere declaration or even recognition, but because there is a Creator, who from all eternity decreed it so, and that because of the immutability of this law, that all men are entitled to equality. But that equality is not based upon a humanistic understanding of social justice, nor in power, ability, wealth, or even status, but equal under law, eternal moral law, and because the eternal law of right and wrong applies equally to all, and is equally protective of all, there are no exceptions or limitations based upon age, viability, mental status or parentage.
All humanity, then, is equally protected under law: male, female, Jew and gentile. Law is law and can no more be modified than the laws of natural science. Gravity is a force that is unimpeachable. It applies to all equally. The rich cannot be given more to lessen the load of the poor, nor can the burden of the poor be increased to attenuate or grant ease to the rich.
And because eternal law is super-unimpeachable, so much more do the principles apply. Therefore, when the Creator endowed us with certain unalienable rights, they are indeed un a lien able. That is, unable to have an encumbrance − or lien − placed upon them.
When the cornerstone of our Republic is the granite of eternal law, that immovable law is the guarantee of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That law both defines, and is, the bulwark of our Republic. It is our anchorage and cornerstone, set upon an eternal bedrock, which alone insures the efficacy of the tripartite fruit of our American Exceptionalism, namely: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
If, then, we remove from the mix the Creator and His precepts from the Unanimous Declaration, can the closing statement still be reasonably expected to apply? "And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." If we demand that Divinity be chased from the public discourse, eliminated from the government, an anathema to education, can we reasonably expect the protection of Divine Providence? Obviously not. Nor can we expect to see the fruit of American Exceptionalism, which is ensconced in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to be long preserved either.
Devine writ tells us that sin has consequences and that punishment falls even to the third and fourth generation of those children of disobedience. Guess what America ... we are between the third and fourth generation since the progressives began to dismantle the Biblical understanding of our Republic and American Exceptionalism. Our sin has found us out. And after three or four generations of rebuke, if there is no repentance, comes final judgment.
How much more evidence is required for us to see that the hand of rebuke is becoming the fire of judgment? As the flame of American Exceptionalism flickers in the growing darkness of our national sin, it is more than time to lay again the foundations of our greatness and the understanding that exceptionalism was not a result of our dominance of world matters; but rather, a result of our submission to the will of the Almighty.
Despite our unworthiness, and because of His grace, we walked in exceptional faith in the true and living God and His precepts and produced exceptional results in this exceptional place. But all of that was to be expected because of immutable law found in Deuteronomy 30, which sets before us still this choice:
16: In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 19: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
So, what shall it be: life and blessing − or − death and cursing? Recent elections have barely stemmed the legislative tide against us; debt is still mounting, and the Chinese are now working with international financiers (like Edmund de Rothschild, George Soros, and Maurice Strong) to undermine our economy and destroy the dollar, just as they have in other currencies around the world.
Mr. Obama and many of our senators and congressmen are walking in lock step with them. Even the Republicans, who vowed to work on our behalf, have sold us out already with Senate Bill S.510, which pledged our food and our sovereignty to the United Nations. (See my article S.510 Democrats Admit Senate is "Rigged" As They Vote: Sedition or Treason - You Decide!) We have proven that politics alone cannot restore the republic. This movement, my friends, must be a spiritual movement that results in political action. This is a time when preachers need to gird themselves for battle and become a part of the black robe brigade and risk all − including their damnable 501(c)3 status − standing firm for renewed righteousness. This is the time when patriots need to sacrifice to warn the nation by whatever mass media available that eminent disaster is fast approaching. We need to cry out, "Freedom!" and shout the warning, with every voice in chorus, from the highest mountain to the lowest valley. We need to personally pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor, and be willing to take those actions necessary to remove and recall from office those who act treasonously or with sedition against their countrymen.
There is no longer time for niceties and finesse. We need to storm the courts, storm the capitals in every state, and demand enforcement of the 9th and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We need to act with audacity ... as if your life, liberty, and your right to exist, let alone your right to pursue happiness, depends upon it ... because it does.