The future is created through the combination of our collective remembrance and our vision of prosperity. We are a nation founded on greatness. Previous generations of Americans fought tooth and nail to ensure our national stability and strength. We, the children of this great nation, the mothers and fathers, the brothers and sisters, embodied by the hallowed red, white and blue, must today, reconstitute the national wherewithal that William Tyler Page carved into the marble pillars of American greatness in 1917.
A creed is a system, a doctrine, an oath, an article of faith, as well as a summarization of one’s overarching ideological beliefs. Individuals who stand by “the American Creed” base their identity on its core values; more importantly, our creed codifies individuals within our country as members of a nation of people who identify themselves—despite trivial differences and minutiae—as Americans; something greater than the individual self. If you live in the United States of America, and you identify yourself as an American, it will be impossible to avoid shivers and goose bumps while reading “the American Creed;” those uncontrollable sensations that remind you of your morality and mortality. Breathe it in my American Brothers and Sisters; let your hearts beat to the drum of inspiration nationalism:
“I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people, for the people;
whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic;
a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable;
established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity
for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution,
to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
In merely one hundred words – a feat in itself – Page powerfully summarized both the American political tradition and the responsibilities of every citizen to his or her government. The American Creed uses passages and phrases from America’s Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster’s reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830. When Page was asked about what he had written, he said that “It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders.”
Try this one on again too; it goes hand-in-hand with “the American Creed” (it’s more powerful if read aloud):
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation, under God, indivisible, with Liberty, and Justice, for all.”
Do you pledge? I do.
The red blood thrust from the heart allows the body to grow strong, but over time it loses its constitution, its force which allows life; a change is made from red to blue. We too, for a time, became blue. The blood that enters the heart is blue, that much is true, but to keep the body fed, the blood—without fail—again becomes red.
Within the Creed’s ideology lies salvation: it allows us to once again become a nation of Americans, without the party ties that are slowly tearing us apart. “The American Creed” is the heartbeat that nourishes our national body with the power to grow; stronger than we have ever been. It is “the American Creed” that will strengthen the pulse of our nation; it is the heart muscle of our national body. All that we need to do is look to it for direction, for the future purpose of America.
What has happened to us, in contrast with previous patriotic generations; why don’t Americans believe in the future of America today? Why are we standing idly by while the once experimental form of government known as Democracy is, in front of our eyes, being slowly subjugated by the catastrophic politics of yesteryear?
By calling on you to introspectively examine yourself, I’ve also challenged myself. I challenge what we have allowed ourselves to accept in modernity: mediocrity. I challenge you to chisel “the American Creed” into your personal constitution, and challenge those around you to do so as well. We need the Creed, we need to believe in the strength of ourselves and others, we need to believe in the future of America, we need to believe in what we are: Americans united as Americans.
If I’ve challenged your beliefs, then I’ve done what I can. Now it is up to you. If you love our great country, and you were rocked by reading “The American Creed” and “The Pledge of Allegiance,” join me. Your purpose is there, your perspective, you live in it.
Together, we can breathe life back into America.