Erick Erickson, founder of Red State, may be a fierce critic of Donald Trump but that has not made him any more coherent or deep a thinker. In his latest column, he presents the American mythology in all its utterly ridiculous and contradictory glory.
There is a civic religious stand that runs through American culture that suggests we have some divinely intended covenant. Our nation is on the planet for something great. It was once a manifest destiny to stretch from sea to sea. Then it was that we were set apart as the torch bearers of liberty in the world, bringing light to darkness.
Jesus H. Christ, where does one even begin with this? First of all, only wide-eyed simpletons believe all that rot about America being a special project of God. Secondly, think for a moment what he’s actually saying, that God intended for us to slaughter tens of millions of Native Americans so white Europeans could control the middle of the continent from sea to blood-soaked sea. That should not surprise, of course, coming from a fundamentalist Christian like Erickson; after all, it directly mimics the Biblical mythology of Israel casting out the heathens from the promised land.
And how in the world can someone just casually ignore that mass genocide, as they do the ones in the Bible undertaken at God’s alleged command, and in the very next sentence claim that America is the torch bearer of liberty bringing light to darkness? And they call liberals moral relativists, for crying out loud. This is the kind of childish nonsense swallowed whole by a wide swath of American wowsers and gee whizers. They need to grow the hell up and learn some history.