During the last election cycle the Republicans practiced a form of secular worship (used very loosely here ~ really more a form of veneration) of Ronald Reagan, especially during the Republican debates. The favor of the lollipop this election cycle for the G.O.P. is “American Exceptionalism”. For anyone who watched numerous figures at the CPAC convention (as I did) knows this fact. Each Republican candidate will wave the American flag and try to be the most patriotic. Should we as Catholics endorse and support this? Is this not a form of secular paganism?
Books of interest:
A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters by Newt Gingrich
Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil: The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism by Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence
The Post-American World (Release 2.0) by Fareed Zakaria
Any book by Stanley Hauerwas whose life work has been exploring this topic and others closely related to it.
God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church