Tocqueville was impressed by the fiery sermons that emphasized the word of God and not the social mores of the day. He concluded his American analysis by saying, “America is great, because America is good. If America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” America was different because we openly acknowledged the role of God in our lives.As I have written on many, many, many occasions, Tocqueville wrote no such thing. It is a fake quotation. For decades, writers have passed it along like a virus.
Bessette/Pitney’s AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: DELIBERATION, DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP reviews the idea of "deliberative democracy." Building on the book, this blog offers insights, analysis, and facts about recent events.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Ben Carson and Alexis deTocqueville
In The Washington Times, Dr. Ben Carson writes:
Posted by Pitney at 4:10 PM
Labels: civic culture, God, government, myths and misinformation, political science, politics, Tocqueville