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Our 400th Birthday of America

2020 is the "400th Birthday" of America's Exceptional Philosophy of Government

 

American governmental philosophy began in September of 1620 with the Plymouth Compact, as its “birth certificate.”  Thus, the origin of the body politic of America can be traced, as  Judeo-Christian, specifically Protestant, even more specific English Reformed.  New England’s Reformed Protestantism with a Separatist (and Baptist) influence seemed to have formed a political and moral basis and pattern for our American government and American exceptionalism with its separation of powers and consent of the governed and biblical morality with such moral values, as work-ethic, personal liberty with freedom of conscience/religion, abolition, capitalism, life, family, marriage, and private property.

 

The Plymouth Compact in its origin can be aptly described, as Judeo-Christian Reformed Anglo-Protestantism.  As a “birth certificate,” The Mayflower Compact specifies (in a modernized form) – “[We], having undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith and the honor of our king and country a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these present solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil political body, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends above and by virtue of it to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most befitting and convenient for the general good of the colony, to which we promise all due submission and obedience.”

 

In other words, for God and evangelism and patriotism they planted a colony north of the original Virginia colony and formed a government to orderly secure their community.  They would propose and ratify laws and offices of leadership in time to come for the benefit of the people who then would obey them.

 

This American exceptionalism can be traced further beyond America in missionary efforts by Evangelical Protestants.  Dr. Robert Woodberry explains this using “Conversionary” for Evangelicals:  “Conversionary Protestants…were a crucial catalyst initiating the development and spread of religious liberty, mass education, mass printing, newspapers, voluntary organizations, most major colonial reforms, and the codification of legal protections for nonwhites in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These innovations fostered conditions that made stable representative democracy more likely— regardless of whether many people converted to Protestantism.”  Robert Woodberry, a political science professor at National University of Singapore, conducted extensive research on missionaries’ impact around the world. His findings were published in the highly respected American Political Science Review with the title, “The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy.” 

 

In this American Experiment of American Exceptionalism, we have had:

an ABSENCE of -

1)     Extremes in poverty forming any caste-system,

2)     Battling of European Christendom,

3)     Social stratification from any Monarchy and Nobility and Feudalism

4)     Totalitarian opportunities.

an EMPHASIS on -

1)     Individual rights and self-reliance (including abolition).

2)     Decentralization with suspicion of government authority.

3)     Checks and Balances of Legislative and Executive and Judicial branches

4)     Literacy and education (for an informed electorate).

5)     Freedom of religion, conscience, and the press.

6)     Due process in law and justice.

7)     Spirit of enterprise with capitalism.

8)     Philanthropy.

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