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Founding Principles of America 28: Patriotism and American Exceptionalism

Founding Principles of America 28:

US Constitution Series

American Exceptionalism

From The 5,000 Year Leap—A Miracle that Changed the World

By W. Cleon Skousen

This is the final part of the American Founding Principle series. Do not believe the corrupt persons who deny American exceptionalism. ~C.D.

Founding Principles of America 28: The Founders’ sense of Manifest Destiny

America has a Manifest Destiny

Historian John Fiske

american-exceptionalism2They [the Founders] believed that they were doing a wonderful thing. They felt themselves to be instruments in accomplishing a kind of “manifest destiny.” Their exodus [from Europe] was that of a chosen people who were at length to lay the everlasting foundations of God’s kingdom upon earth . . . This steadfast faith in an unseen ruler and guide was to them a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. It was of great moral value. It gave them clearness of purpose and concentration of strength, and contributed towards making them, like the children of Israel, a people of indestructible vitality and aggressive energy.

Failure Considered Treason against the World

John Adams

I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of the ignorant, and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.

[John Adams] went on to say that if the people of the United States failed in this mission, it would operate to “the general misfortune of mankind.”

John Adams later stated that if the people abandoned the freedom gained by the adoption of the Constitution, it would be “treason against the hopes of the world.” (Skousen, 307)

America is a Providential Blessing

John Jay

It has often given me pleasure to observe that independent America was not composed of detached and distant territories, but that one connected, fertile, wide-spreading country was the portion of our western sons of liberty.

With equal pleasure I have often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people—a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence.

America is a Precedent and Example

James Madison

american-exceptionalism1Had no important step been taken by the leaders of the Revolution for which a precedent could not be discovered, no government established of which an exact model did not present itself, the people of the United States might at this moment have been numbered among the melancholy victims of misguided councils, must at best have been laboring under the weight of some of those forms which have crushed the liberties of the rest of mankind.

Happily for America, happily we trust FOR THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society. They reared the fabrics of governments which have no model on the face of the globe.

To this manly spirit posterity will be indebted for the possession, and the world for the example, of the numerous innovations displayed on the American theater in favor of private rights and public happiness.

 

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