City that is set on an hill
Puritan preacher John Winthrop borrowed the phrase “city on a hill” to describe the Pilgrims' colony in Massachusetts. J.F.K. and Ronald Reagan later used it to refer to America as a whole, the idea being that the U.S. of A. is exceptional, favored by God, a shining beacon to the world, etc., etc. Note that at the time Winthrop, Kennedy, and Reagan spoke, American culture had not yet given birth to Ke$ha.
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