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The American’s Creed

american-flag-for-desktop.JPGThumbing through a 1984 copy of the Boy Scout Handbook led me to The American Creed. In 1917, William Tyler Page developed this creed by taking lines from famous phrases and sentences from American history.

Here’s the creed:

I believe in
the United States of American as a1
Government of the people, by the people, for the people2;
whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed3;
a democracy in a republic4;
a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States5;
a perfect Union, one and inseparable6;
established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice,
and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.7

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country
to love it8;
to support its Constitution9;
to obey its laws10;
to respect its flag11; and
to defend it against all enemies.12

Look at each line and think about the implications of a people that adhere to this creed. Would the U.S. be better or worse?

Here is the source of the lines in the creed.

  1. Closing words of the Preamble to the Constitution
  2. Lincoln’s Gettysburg address
  3. Declaration of Independence
  4. W.T. Page
  5. Speech by Daniel Webster
  6. Preamble to the Constitution
  7. Adapted from the closing words of the Declaration of Independence
  8. Speech by John Hancock
  9. United States Oath of Allegiance
  10. George Washington’s Farewell address
  11. War Department Circular, April 14, 1917
  12. Oath of Allegiance

Sounds just as good today as it did in 1917.

[tags]American Creed, Boy Scout handbook[/tags]

2 thoughts on “The American’s Creed

  1. I like it. Very worthwhile. (Oh, and like the new banner/logo, too!)

  2. Thanks Dave. I don’t have a new Scout Handbook, so I don’t know if that is still in it, but it really got me to thinking about all the news events of the last few weeks. How different they would be if this was prominent in our thinking.

    The new banner is designed for multi-purposes. Our business cards use this theme, the banner, and eventually letterhead and postcards. We wanted our own “flag,” if you will. Something we could fly on the web page and use elsewhere.

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