This past Saturday, President Obama spoke in Selma, Alabama, marking the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday"—the assault by Alabama state troopers on marchers from Selma to Montgomery for equal voting rights for African Americans.
His speech is remarkable for many reasons, but one of the things I find really remarkable is that it ranks as a singular example of presidential exceptionalist rhetoric.
Readers of this book must keep reminding themselves that, despite the fantasies it describes, it is not science fiction. Its characters are real people contending vigorously over threats they see as real. When the perception of such a threat fades--of war with the Soviet Union, for example--or disappears, like the Soviet Union itself did, another appears.
Ronald Reagan’s influence on Christian politics in this country will be felt for years to come. The 40th president, who died June 5 at 93 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease, used his acting experience in communicating optimism to the public and also introduced many conservative Christians to real political power.
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