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After yesterday’s defeat for the Republican Party, it seems we may not be exceptional after all. Like other nations, we have reacted to economic and fiscal crisis by demanding more government--and, when that government creates new crises, demanding more of it.
Much will be said in the coming days about the nation’s changing demographics, and how Republicans can only save themselves by reaching out to Hispanic voters, to women, and so forth. If that means adopting statist policies, or abandoning the rule of law on immigration, the party is truly finished, as is meaningful opposition in America.
The common faith in liberty that enabled the election of a Ronald Reagan thirty years ago is now a minority creed, one perspective among many. Our new rulers have been taught to consider America exceptional only in the material wealth it has built up over centuries, which they see as a moral burden and take for granted at the same time. Republicans cannot reverse that dangerous cultural current in one election, or several.
Are We Still an Exceptional Country?