Republicans like Ted Cruz have ignored the second part of John Winthrop’s metaphor of the emerging American nation as a shining city on a hill. Winthrop’s shining city was a much a warning as it was a prideful prophecy of American Exceptionalism.
God damn America – that’s what John Winthrop warned about, and Sarah Palin seems to embrace that warning. So, how can Sarah Palin blast Jeremiah Wright for the same thing?
When Sarah Palin uses the phrase from John Winthrop’s sermon, referring to the entire United States of America as a “city on a hill”, she is sending a signal that, as President, she would be right in line with the most extremist, violent theocratic elements of American political history – a history that includes shameless genocide in the name of God.
The essential message of the extremist agenda of the Wasilla Assembly of God beliefs about a prophecy of God’s plan for America, all the way through the stomping of non-Christians, comes from the same movement that inspired John Winthrop to write A Model of Christian Charity. So, by understanding that sermon, we can understand a lot more about the ideology that Sarah Palin would impose in the White House if John McCain were to be elected this year, and then die.