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?
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.