Thumbing 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.
- Closing words of the Preamble to the Constitution
- Lincoln’s Gettysburg address
- Declaration of Independence
- W.T. Page
- Speech by Daniel Webster
- Preamble to the Constitution
- Adapted from the closing words of the Declaration of Independence
- Speech by John Hancock
- United States Oath of Allegiance
- George Washington’s Farewell address
- War Department Circular, April 14, 1917
- Oath of Allegiance
Sounds just as good today as it did in 1917.
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