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From The New Republic: “‘There is hope for America,’ Texas Gov. Rick Perry preaches. ‘It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.’ I dislike this sentence hugely....

“‘There is hope for America,’ Texas Gov. Rick Perry preaches. ‘It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.’ I dislike this sentence hugely. This country was not built by people on their knees. It was built by people on their feet, with their hands as they were guided by their minds. They were not godless people, but their religion was compatible with, or even inclined them to, the modern concept of historical agency. The United States is a monument to that concept. It represents a revolution in human affairs not least because of its faith in the power of human action. There is nothing humble about the idea of America.”      

Leon Wieseltier in The New Republic

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