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The Truly Exceptional Nation


Harry Jaffa’s classic study of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Crisis of the House Divided, represents an extended meditation on the principles of the American founding.  Which means, as you’ll see today on Uncommon Knowledge, that our greatest living historian has very little patience with our current chief executive.

“I believe in American exceptionalism,” President Obma said earlier this year, “just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

Harry Jaffa:

He has no idea of what American exceptionalism really meant.

What it meant was the American people in declaring their independence did so not on the basis of unique rights or privileges that they had, but on the basis of rights which they shared with all men everywhere.  No other people had ever done such a thing.

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