The story we tell ourselves is that the American identity is rooted not in place, but in the acceptance of a common set of ideals, irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity. The politics of the last decade, however, have strained the notion of e pluribus unum, revealing among whites three definitions of the American nation that are exclusive rather than inclusive.
The ironic and tragic thing about the religious right is how little of their own agenda they have achieved. By voting for a conservative ideological agenda, they have actually hurt the poor, resisted immigration reform and promoted endless wars. There is a new evangelical agenda for a new evangelical demographic.