As every American used to know, the Puritan colonist John Winthrop characterised the theocratic foundation of America itself as a 'new covenant' with God. According to Winthrop, God made the laws and the colonists kept them. God founded a society in which some were rich, some poor, some were rulers and some were ruled. The proto- Americans accepted their lot and the colony prospered. Of course, if anyone stepped out of line, indulged in a little carnality or set about making a few bucks on the side, God wiped him or her out. No more covenant; no more America.
Let's face it, every American knows that obedience and subjection went out with the revolution, poverty is inherently anti-American and the sins of the flesh and the market are constitutional rights. An appeal to the rhetoric of the pre-democratic Puritans to lend credence to a godless 'liberal' ticket is made all the more sinister, however, when it comes from a man who has generated career capital from executing his state's transgressors. From Arkansas where it was governor-as- God, Mr Clinton is attempting to sell government-as-God. Neither reflects well on him or his party.
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