What is the American Creed?
“I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me- not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say -This, with God’s help, I have done.” -The American Creed
My Thoughts on the American’s Creed as Described Above
Does the above version of the American Creed strike you as being incredibly powerful? If you’re a conservative, then it should.
That is because it is what was behind American thought and political action for dozens of decades.
Our politicians, recognizing that welfare is no duty of the state because Americans should desire liberty and opportunity, not welfare, avoiding creating a large public welfare “safety net.” They saw that part of the American Creed is taking risk and avoiding being on the dole.
American industrial titans saw the American Creed for what it is- the moral backbone for capitalism and entrepreneurship in America. It is only because this country used to laud risk-takers and titans of industry that we became the powerhouse we are now. The Rockefellers, Carnegies, Vanderbilts, and so on that took startling risks and devoted their lives to building hugely powerful companies were the ones that ushered America into an era of unprecedented prosperity during the Gilded Age. Why did they do that here and not America? Because here we have the American Creed and Americans recognized that men like Rockefeller should be praised, not hated and spat upon.
And, even for the common man, the American Creed used to be special because it is what gave him the most important of rights- the right to be left alone. Americans were enterprising and individualistic. They wanted the government to leave them alone and free to pursue whatever lives they wished. Whether that was settling the frontier, building a company, being a yeoman farmer, or doing anything else productive, Americans had the right to do what they wanted and be left alone while doing it. No government bureaucrat would step in to stop them from doing potentially harmful things, such as smoking tobacco or drinking too much. No substances were banned. They could own whatever weapons they could afford. Instead of having to go through permit after permit to start a business or run a farm, they could simply do what they wanted. In short, the American Creed gave the average American the right to be free from the regulators and nanny-state officials.
But then everything fell apart as America left the Gilded Age and entered the Progressive Age, namely because of the Roosevelts and Woodrow Wilson and the liberal fascism those horrible presidents brought with them.
Because of those presidents, Americans forgot the American Creed. Angered at such trivial and meaningless issues as “wealth inequality,” they let Teddy Roosevelt attack the monopolies that better men built. Frightened by the Depression, they let FDR unleash the regulators and establish the welfare state. Pressed into World War I, they let Wilson and the administrative state seize power and never let it go.
The results of forgetting the American Creed during the first half of the 20th Century have been disastrous. Businesses are hamstrung and immensely burdened by regulators. Nanny-state officials attack individual liberty by banning such actions as vaping and “underage drinking.”
Now, thanks to the “progressives,” You can be shipped off to fight in one of their endless wars, but can’t drink or smoke. The government has immense amounts of control over what you can do and say; far from being left alone like the early Americans were, you have the government in every aspect of your life and it acts like a wolf. Police harass you for driving to fast or drinking too much, as if you can’t judge that for yourself. Regulators say what is too dangerous or too expensive, as if shareholders, businesses, and consumers can’t let the free market figure that out. And the rich and successful are no longer lauded, but instead are demonized by envious and insecure leftists.
Those are just a few examples of what has happened because Americans have forgotten the American Creed. The overall, big picture view is that the life of every American has been negatively impacted by it. Well, except for government officials, who now have more to do, I suppose. But for the rest of us, life is far worse. Regulators tell us what we can do, great men and women can no longer build businesses free from government interference, and our economy is growing nowhere near as quickly as it was before the regulators got involved.
Conclusion: Bring Back the American Creed
But it’s worth bringing up again because this election is our last chance to reclaim the American Dream and the American Creed. Donald Trump is far from perfect but he does believe in individual liberty, unlike his opponent, Joe Biden. Trump will cut taxes and regulation, which will help you take back your life from the government. Biden will not. He will unleash the regulators to enforce his radical, anti-business and anti-liberty agenda. If you want to bring back the American Creed, you need to vote for President Trump. In person. Not in vote by mail.
And make no mistake, the continued effects of losing the American Creed will be horrible. Our businesses will continue to stagnate or decline, officials and regulators will take more and more control over your life, and all of the ties that bind us to past Americans and the glory of pre-progressive America will dissolve and disappear.
But all is not lost. We can reclaim the American Creed. As John Galt says in his quote on perseverance from Atlas Shrugged, “The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It is yours.” We can regain our lives and, in so doing, bring back individual liberty and everything that made America great.
However, we have to be willing to fight. No more compromising with the Big Government types that hate liberty. There can be no possible compromise between liberty and tyranny. Early Americans recognized that, hence why the American Creed notes the importance of liberty over safety, something we seem to have forgotten in an era of terrorism and Covid, where the government uses fear to control us. But we can remember it again and help other Americans do the same. We just have to be willing to fight for that vision of America.
By: Gen Z Conservative
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