American Exceptionalism is difficult to define. But it has to do with the sense that Americans are qualitatively different from other people. We think of ourselves as especially blessed or chosen. In some way, God has called us to be the "city on the hill" the "light to the nations" and so forth.
God blesses us, uniquely. God might bless Argentina, too, but God really blesses us. God has a plan for America.
That exceptionalism has always been part of our collective mythos, but no one has exploited that mythos for political gain better than our current administration.
Why do evangelicals vote for him? It seems that he speaks their language. Does he really believe what evangelicals believe, or is he taking them for a ride? What is it that evangelical Christians believe anyway?
The linked document does not speak for all evangelicals but a particular camp within the PC(USA) called New Wineskins. These essential tenets describe their evangelical faith. Here is a list of basic beliefs from the webpage of the Southern Baptist Convention. There are differences but they all affirm the infallibility or inerrancy of the Bible (that somehow this collection of writings has supernatural origin). Both creeds affirm exalted language for Jesus and that salvation comes only through him. Both creeds affirm that Jesus will return at some point in history to straighten things up.
I am curious. Is it good or bad for a president to have these beliefs? Many evangelicals believe that unless you are a Christian you will spend eternity in hell. I would be uncomfortable if the President of the United States really believed that. Many evangelicals believe that the Bible is more authoritative than the U.S. Constitution. I would be uncomfortable if the President of the United States really believed that. Many evangelicals believe that Jesus will return to set up his kingdom on Earth. They don't believe that this language is metaphorical but is something that will really happen and soon. I would be uncomfortable if the President of the United States really believed that.
Evangelicals have some very specific beliefs. I wonder if they think that the President of the United States shares these beliefs. I wonder what the President of the United States really believes. I don't, of course, care about what he believes as an individual, but as the leader of a country with the most sophisticated military technology on Earth (including a nice little collection of nuclear warheads), those beliefs do matter.
Does our President get his mandate from the Bible or the Constitution?
Are Muslims going to hell?
Will current wars in the Middle East usher in the Second Coming of Christ?
What do you believe, Mr. President?
Are you just faking it to get the vote or do you really believe what evangelicals believe?
Your evangelical constituents and I would like to know.