Like Ted Cruz before him, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson made a stop at MorningStar Fellowship Church in South Carolina last week, where he was introduced by extremist pastor, self-proclaimed prophet and Oak Initiative president Rick Joyner.
After Joyner hailed Carson for bringing class, dignity and "true nobility" to the presidential race and praised him for his depth of knowledge, Carson took the microphone and laid out a rather interesting argument in favor of the idea of "American exceptionalism."
"When you think about in terms of an exceptional nation," Carson said, "I mean, before this nation came on the scene, [for] 100 years, 500, 1,000, 5,000 years people did things the same way. You know, the farmer would chop down corn and put it on the wagon and take it into town and sell it; within 200 years of the advent of America, men were walking on the moon."
"It changed the trajectory of mankind and the progress of mankind," he concluded, "so to say it's not exceptional is nuts! It's the most exceptional nation ever."