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reminded that regardless of their actual diversity, every American has some (maybe secret) similarities
that need to be preserved in order to preserve the government/nation.
Con: a) Calling for emotional fortitude, requires a detachment from one’s own worldly experiences. It can
lead to people seeing this as justification for putting good faith over good actions (specifically certain
religious denominations). b) Requiring emotional detachment may lead to disengagement from the political
process. If we are divinely watched/guided why vote or allow ourselves to be emotionally persuaded by
emotional pleas in political debates. c) It needs constant contrasts. We justify having this civil religion and
associated attitudes by pointing out theineptitude of other foreign nations. We must always vilify another
country to promote our civil religion ideals. d) Could stifle the possibility of goodfaith discussions of
diversity and create suspicion around people that do care about their cultural heritage.
Future: A change occurred in the rhetoric of Presidents starting with Clinton. By the time Clinton was
elected, he could no longer point to outside threats to America in order to instill these beliefs. The biggest
threats to America at that time were internal. Clinton throughout his Presidency switched the rhetorically
focus to embracing and celebrating our diversity in order to unite the nation under the ideals of equality and
acceptance, specifically addressing the division between white and black.
Hofstadter “The Paranoid style in American politics”
● Definition of paranoid style “When I speak of the paranoid style, I use the term much as a
historian of art might speak of the baroque or mannerist style. It is, above all, a way of seeing the
world and of expressing oneself. … [T]he clinical paranoid sees the hostile and conspiratorial
world in which he feels...
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