Leaving the showing of “A City Upon A Hill: The Spirit of American Exceptionalism,” a woman remarked to me, “That was awesome! I wish they had shown it to the whole conference.” Indeed, the movie was well done and CPAC attendees would benefit from seeing it.
The film contained many valuable lessons about American history and the origins of American exceptionalism. It opens with an infamous quote of sorts by President Obama: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism,” highlighting just how out of touch the president it with the true spirit of America.
The film made a very important point when defining “American Exceptionalism.” Unlike what liberals would have everyone believe, American exceptionalism is not based on arrogance. It is not the superiority of individuals, but of the collective, and that it is grounded in humility. As the movie says, “We stand on the shoulders of giants.”
“A City Upon A Hill” did a great job highlighting the things that truly make America great. It demonstrated that the American Dream is far from being dead and that America is still the coveted destination for immigrants around the world. The film recognized America’s rich history and present as a great melting pot.
Perhaps the most powerful element of the film was its exposure of the inefficiency of the American education system when it comes to American Exceptionalism. Those interviewed in the film largely blame the broken education system for the ignorance of the populace when it comes to understanding the nature of American Exceptionalism. It paints a scary picture of the future of our country as fewer Americans really understand the roots of America’s greatness. If more people were partially educated by watching the film, it would be a great step toward reversing that trend.