Quote of Note #92: The Idea of America


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Highland Park, Pittsburgh, PA; photo by GAC

“China is a nation in the classic sense.  It is blood and soil.  It’s a great wall, a fascinating people, an extraordinarily long-lived culture.  But America is something different.  America is an idea — it is a creed.  The American idea is a commitment to the universal dignity of persons everywhere.  That’s what America is.  The millions of people who’ve braved dangers of every sort to come to our shores: they believed in that idea of universal human dignity.  That’s why they’re Americans.”

Ben Sasse, Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2018, page 134.

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