Exceptionalism is not racism or violence

Country is exceptional

American exceptionalism is one of three related ideas. The first is that the history of the United States is inherently different from those of other nations. In this view, American exceptionalism stems from its emergence from the American Revolution, thereby becoming what political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset called “the first new nation” and developing a uniquely American ideology, “Americanism”, based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, republicanism, democracy and laissez-faire economics. This ideology itself is often referred to as “American exceptionalism.” Second is the idea that the US has a unique mission to transform the world. As Abraham Lincoln stated in the Gettysburg address (1863), Americans have a duty to ensure, “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Third is the sense that the United States’ history and mission give it a superiority over other nations.

Constitution should be honored, valued, and upheld

Leaders should serve people, not special interests

Families and communities should be strong and free from government intrusion

Institution of traditional marriage is the foundation of society

Government should be smaller, smarter and more efficient

Health care decisions should be made by us and our doctors

Paychecks should not be wasted on poorly run government programs

Military must be strong and prepared to defend our shores

Culture should respect and protect life

Children should never be left in failing schools

Veterans should have the best care and opportunities in the world

Social programs should help lift people out of poverty

America should be energy independent

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