Election 2016 is over. The republic endures. And we now turn to the real issue. No, not economics, the Supreme Court or foreign policy, but this: Has the best of American exceptionalism survived this election?
By American exceptionalism I mean the idea that our nation, founded upon equality and liberty, plays a unique role as the bearer of freedom’s torch, and an inspiration to peoples everywhere. And while secularists may shudder at the thought, that exceptionalism has long carried religious connotations: America as the chosen people, a second Israel.
Take Worcester native George Bancroft. His “History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent,” published in 10 volumes between 1834 and 1874, was the most comprehensive, widely taught and influential account of the nation’s history in its day, shaping Americans’ views well into the 20th century.
Chris Sinacola’s first Worcester Sun column [which appeared Nov. 22, 2015] warns liberals to not underestimate Donald Trump or his supporters