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“America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also theoretical politics and also great literature. It enunciates that all men are equal in their claim to justice, that governments exist to give them that justice, and that their authority is for that reason just. It certainly does condemn anarchism, and it does also by inference condemn atheism, since it clearly names the Creator as the ultimate authority from whom these equal rights are derived. Nobody expects a modern political system to proceed logically in the application of such dogmas, and in the matter of God and Government it is naturally God whose claim is taken more lightly. The point is that there is a creed, if not about divine, at least about human things.” ― G.K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America

The United States is one of the few countries in the world that you can come to and become a full part of that country. You can move to America from anywhere in the world and become an American. You become an American. You don’t have to wait for your children to become Americans, while you remain an outsider, or your grandchildren to become accepted as Americans while you and your children are considered outsiders. All you have to do is adopt the American creed in your heart.

That cannot happen in Japan, or Germany, or China, or Saudi Arabia. No matter how long you or your descendants live there you will not be members of the tribe, especially if you look “different.” (There are people in Germany today whose grandparents or great-grandparents came there in the late 1940s from Turkey, whose children and grandchildren lived in Germany all of their lives who are still considered Turkish, not German.) Not in America.

My grandparents came to this country from Greece, not speaking the language and practicing a religion different than that of mainstream America. By the time they died they considered themselves American. They adopted that creed. My parents were raised with that creed. One grandfather earned his citizenship by serving in the 36th Infantry in WWI. He was wounded in action, but never prouder of his service for his country — America. My father and my uncles all served in the American armed forces in World War II and Korea, to uphold that creed.

I have seen that story repeated thousands of time in my life through the many acquaintances and co-workers I have known. They came to this country and became Americans.

I have no fear of those who come to the United States legally, assimilate and become Americans because they wish to be part of that creed Chesterton talks about. Even in this century they form part of the backbone of this nation.

God bless that creed. God bless America. God bless the USA.

There are 13 comments.

  1. tigerlily Member

    That’s a great quote. Nice post Seawriter.

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    • July 4, 2018, at 6:26 AM PDT
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  2. Dr. Bastiat Member

    Seawriter: It certainly does condemn anarchism, and it does also by inference condemn atheism, since it clearly names the Creator as the ultimate authority from whom these equal rights are derived.

     

    Chesterton was one brilliant dude. if he had been more miserable and less jovial, he would be considered one of the great minds of the last few hundred years.

    Great post, by the way.

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    • July 4, 2018, at 6:28 AM PDT
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  3. Ekosj Inactive

    Perfect quote for today. Many thanks for it!

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    • July 4, 2018, at 6:44 AM PDT
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  4. Vectorman Thatcher

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    • July 4, 2018, at 6:49 AM PDT
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  5. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Great, and timely, post. Thank you, Seawriter.

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    • July 4, 2018, at 7:43 AM PDT
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  6. MarciN Member

    Seawriter: Chesterton: “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed.”

    This distinction is important. The way every other country was founded was that some rich guy or guys owned the land that later became the country. That ownership created a hierarchy that was inviolable and inescapable.

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    • July 4, 2018, at 8:59 AM PDT
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  7. Clavius Thatcher

    Amen!

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    • July 4, 2018, at 10:54 AM PDT
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  8. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    American on Purpose 

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    • July 4, 2018, at 11:33 AM PDT
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  9. Goldwater's Revenge Member

    It can’t go unnoticed that those living in America who eschew assimilation, keep their native language, fly their native flag and celebrate their native holidays are primarily those who came here illegally.

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    • July 6, 2018, at 6:40 AM PDT
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  10. Seawriter Member
    Seawriter

    Goldwater's Revenge (View Comment):

    It can’t go unnoticed that those living in America who eschew assimilation, keep their native language, fly their native flag and celebrate their native holidays are primarily those who came here illegally.

    Along those lines, this piece by Sarah Hoyt is well worth reading. It is what I was talking of.

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    • July 6, 2018, at 7:08 AM PDT
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  11. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I have been blessed to see a few good men become Americans. My friend Carsten comes from Germany – can’t stand socialism – showed up in the US with a bachelor degree in horses – and makes his living as an equestrian coach and trainer.

    My friend Raffaele, an engineer, came to the US as a child with his parents while his father worked for the World Bank – became a citizen in his 30’s.

    My mechanic Mo, hails from Iraq, part of his journey was through Kuwait while he was waiting for his application to the US to be accepted. We got to talk about shared places we knew there. Spent more than a decade coming here. Took his oath last fall.

    The most interesting person I met was more than a decade ago, a Cambodian who spent his time working as a body man in one of the auto dealerships here. Was a Colonel and pilot in the Cambodian Air Force – fled the Khmer Rouge and ended up here. 

    Americans by choice – awesome.

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    • July 6, 2018, at 7:28 AM PDT
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  12. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Amen!

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    • July 6, 2018, at 8:23 AM PDT
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  13. Wolverine Coolidge

    Would love to know what happened to @freesmith comment. Seems to have disappeared into thin air. He has been airbrushed from the history of this post. So much for lively and open debate on this site.

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    • July 6, 2018, at 4:39 PM PDT
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