The American’s Creed

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 these 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. — William Tyler Page
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 these 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.
— William Tyler Page

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The American’s Creed
The American’s Creed is destined to live in American history as it is a composite of fundamental patriotic literature.

This creed was written as a result of a nationwide contest. Henry Sterling Chapin, of New York, conceived the idea of promoting the contest for the writing of a national creed, which should be the briefest possible summary of American political faith and yet be founded upon the fundamental things most distinctive in American history and tradition. Mayor James H. Preston of Baltimore, Maryland, offered a reward of a thousand dollars for the winning creed. It seemed especially fitting that the birthplace of the National Anthem should have the honor of presenting the prize for the National Creed.

One day, when the contest had been in progress for some time, the idea was presented to Mr. Page that he should write a creed and thus enter this contest. Coming home from church on a Sunday in May, 1917, the thought occurred to Mr. Page to compose a creed fashioned along the lines of the Christian or Apostles’ Creed.

William Tyler Page was a student of history and so was familiar with the great documents of our United States as well as the famous statements of many of our great Americans. The compilation of his proposed creed was changed day by day until finally completed to his satisfaction.

The creed was sent to the committee on manuscripts for the contest in August, 1917. Then in March, 1918, Mr. Page received notice from the committee that he was the successful competitor among more than three thousand contestants. The award was presented by Mayor Preston on April 3, 1918, in the House of Representatives Office Building, Washington, D.C. The creed was accepted on the part of the United States by the Commissioner of Education and by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Three days after the award Mr. Page purchased Liberty Bonds with the prize money and gave them to his church.

For more: http://www.marshallhall.org/dar/am-creed.html

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The American’s Creed by William Tyler Page, text

 

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  1. WH

    Saturday, April 2, 2016

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  2. The American’s Creed

    The American’s Creed is destined to live in American history as it is a composite of fundamental patriotic literature.

    This creed was written as a result of a nationwide contest. Henry Sterling Chapin, of New York, conceived the idea of promoting the contest for the writing of a national creed, which should be the briefest possible summary of American political faith and yet be founded upon the fundamental things most distinctive in American history and tradition. Mayor James H. Preston of Baltimore, Maryland, offered a reward of a thousand dollars for the winning creed. It seemed especially fitting that the birthplace of the National Anthem should have the honor of presenting the prize for the National Creed.

    One day, when the contest had been in progress for some time, the idea was presented to Mr. Page that he should write a creed and thus enter this contest. Coming home from church on a Sunday in May, 1917, the thought occurred to Mr. Page to compose a creed fashioned along the lines of the Christian or Apostles’ Creed.

    William Tyler Page was a student of history and so was familiar with the great documents of our United States as well as the famous statements of many of our great Americans. The compilation of his proposed creed was changed day by day until finally completed to his satisfaction.

    The creed was sent to the committee on manuscripts for the contest in August, 1917. Then in March, 1918, Mr. Page received notice from the committee that he was the successful competitor among more than three thousand contestants. The award was presented by Mayor Preston on April 3, 1918, in the House of Representatives Office Building, Washington, D.C. The creed was accepted on the part of the United States by the Commissioner of Education and by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Three days after the award Mr. Page purchased Liberty Bonds with the prize money and gave them to his church.

    For more: http://www.marshallhall.org/dar/am-creed.html

    • The American Creed (1940s)

      Published on Feb 12, 2014

      Jimmy Stewart: My name is Jimmy Stewart. Before I came home I heard a lot of things that made me worry a little as to whether this is still the America I grew up in. Of course I wondered when I heard about a couple of crack pots here and there that want to want things different.

      Van Johnson: I am pretty grateful for the country that gave me my break and I have learned that all Americans are the same kind of people no matter what way they worship God.

      Shirley Temple: At school we are taught the value about team work. Well good grief American was built by all of with us all working together. And our whole future depends on you helping him and you helping her and all of us helping each other. I am for it.

      Eddie Cantor: You know the most wonderful sound in the world is laughter of a free people. No tyrant in history has had a sense of humor or a sense of tolerance, here in America we have both, let’s keep them. ..

      Walter Pidgeon: The history of Hilter and his mad men prove that what starts out as hatred of the Jews, Catholics or any one religious group turns into an attack on all religions. We just have not learned our lesson if we let that start here.

      Jennifer Jones: One Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all. That’s America and Iove America. I know you do too.

      Katherine Hepburn: Hate is a disease. People who talk hate and organize for hate are worst then typhoid carriers. If we want to keep our democracy healthy we must wipe out this disease.

      Ingrid Bergman: The American Constitution says that God has endowed men with certain unalienable rights which is freedom of religion. No matter how we worship God we must grant the same freedom of worship to our fellow man if we are truly religious.

      Edward G. Robinson reads the “American Brotherhood of Christians and Jews” pledge

  3. West Wing Week: 4/1/16 or, “And We’re Live!”

    Published on Apr 1, 2016

    This week, the White House hosted the Easter Egg Roll, the President traveled to Atlanta to attend a conference on opioid addiction, joined some formerly incarcerated Americans for lunch, and hosted 50 nations for a summit on nuclear security. That’s March 25th to March 31st or, “And We’re Live!”

  4. April 02, 2016

    Weekly Address: Securing the World from Nuclear Terrorism

    Remarks of President Barack Obama as Delivered
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    April 2, 2016

    Hi, everybody. This week, I’m speaking to you from our Nuclear Security Summit. I welcomed more than 50 leaders from around the world to make sure we’re working together to meet one of the greatest threats to global security—terrorists getting their hands on a weapon of mass destruction, like a nuclear weapon.

    Fortunately, because of our efforts so far, no terrorist group has yet succeeded in obtaining a nuclear device or producing a dirty bomb using radioactive materials. But we know that al Qaeda has tried. ISIL has already used chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq. And if they ever got hold of a nuclear weapon or nuclear material, we have no doubt they’d use it.

    That’s why we’ve been leading a global effort to secure the world’s nuclear materials. And with summits like this, we’ve made important progress. Working with other nations, we have removed or secured enough nuclear material for more than 150 nuclear weapons—material that will now never fall into the hands of terrorists.

    All of South America is now free of these deadly materials. Central Europe and Southeast Asia are on track to be free of them later this year. That means that as terrorists and criminal gangs look around for the deadly ingredients for a nuclear device, vast regions of the world are now off limits. This is a remarkable achievement. And at this summit, we pledged to keep up our efforts to prevent the world’s most deadly networks from obtaining the world’s most deadly weapons.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address

  5. March 31, 2016

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Houston, Texas

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Vice President, an alumnus of Syracuse University, and Dr. Jill Biden, an alumna of Villanova University, will travel to Houston, Texas to promote the It’s on Us campaign at the NCAA Final Four. The It’s on Us campaign engages college students and all members of campus communities in preventing sexual assault and supporting survivors of sexual assault.

  6. March 31, 2016

    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Niger to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Niger to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, on April 2, 2016.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/31/president-obama-announces-presidential-delegation-republic-niger-attend

  7. Obamas host White House dinner Saturday for Obama Foundation

    04/02/2016, 06:54pm Lynn Sweet – chicagosuntimes

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted their first White House event for supporters of the Obama Presidential Foundation on Saturday, though the dinner wasn’t a fund-raiser, a spokesman said.

    “The president and first lady are having a private dinner tonight with friends and longtime supporters, many of whom are assisting the outside work of the foundation as it gets up and running,” said Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman.

  8. WH

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    Monday, April 4, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama hosts NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
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    President Obama hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day
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  10. March 25, 2016

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

    President Obama will host NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on April 4, 2016. The President will reiterate that the United States stands together with NATO in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks that struck Brussels, Belgium, the site of NATO Headquarters, on March 22. The President looks forward to discussing with Secretary General Stoltenberg the progress Allies are making in the international effort to degrade and destroy ISIL, as well as the important role NATO is playing in alleviating the refugee and migrant crisis spurred in part by the terrorist group. The leaders will also discuss preparations for the July 8-9, 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, including Allied efforts to reinforce deterrence in Europe, address instability on Europe’s periphery, and strengthen NATO’s base of capabilities and partnerships. The Secretary General’s visit underscores the importance the United States places on the transatlantic bond that NATO embodies, and on a North Atlantic Alliance whose full adaptation to a changing strategic environment will ensure that the Alliance continues to uphold international order and advance the interests of the United States and all of NATO’s members and partners.

  11. Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    On March 29, 1968, King went to Memphis, Tennessee, in support of the black sanitary public works employees, represented by AFSCME Local 1733, who had been on strike since March 12 for higher wages and better treatment. In one incident, black street repairmen received pay for two hours when they were sent home because of bad weather, but white employees were paid for the full day.

    On April 3, King addressed a rally and delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” address at Mason Temple, the world headquarters of the Church of God in Christ. King’s flight to Memphis had been delayed by a bomb threat against his plane.[160] In the close of the last speech of his career, in reference to the bomb threat, King said the following:

    And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?

    Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.

    King was booked in room 306 at the Lorraine Motel, owned by Walter Bailey, in Memphis. Abernathy, who was present at the assassination, testified to the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations that King and his entourage stayed at room 306 at the Lorraine Motel so often it was known as the “King-Abernathy suite”. According to Jesse Jackson, who was present, King’s last words on the balcony before his assassination were spoken to musician Ben Branch, who was scheduled to perform that night at an event King was attending: “Ben, make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.”

    King was shot at 6:01 p.m., April 4, 1968, as he stood on the motel’s second-floor balcony. The bullet entered through his right cheek, smashing his jaw, then traveled down his spinal cord before lodging in his shoulder. Abernathy heard the shot from inside the motel room and ran to the balcony to find King on the floor. Jackson stated after the shooting that he cradled King’s head as King lay on the balcony, but this account was disputed by other colleagues of King’s; Jackson later changed his statement to say that he had “reached out” for King.

    After emergency chest surgery, King died at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 7:05 p.m. According to biographer Taylor Branch, King’s autopsy revealed that though only 39 years old, he “had the heart of a 60 year old”, which Branch attributed to the stress of 13 years in the Civil Rights Movement.

    For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.#Assassination_and_aftermath

    • “Ladies and Gentlemen,

      I’m only going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening, because I have some ­­ some very sad news for all of you ­­ Could you lower those signs, please? ­­ I have some very sad news for all of you, and, I think, sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world; and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.

      Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it’s perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black ­­ considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible ­­ you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.

      We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization ­­ black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand, and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion, and love.

      For those of you who are black and are tempted to fill with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.”

      4/4/68 Robert F. Kennedy Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  12. April 04, 2016

    Remarks by the President and Secretary General Stoltenberg of NATO after Bilateral Meeting

    Oval Office

    12:03 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: It’s a great pleasure to welcome back once again my good friend, the Secretary General of NATO, Secretary General Stoltenberg. We are marking the 67th anniversary of the NATO alliance, and NATO continues to be the lynchpin, the cornerstone of our collective defense and U.S. security policy.

    We had an excellent meeting that started with marking the tragedy that had taken place in Brussels, and reinforcing the importance of us staying focused on ISIL and countering the terrorism that has seeped up into Europe and around the world.

    And we agreed that one of the most important functions that NATO is performing and can continue to perform is to help in the training and assisting process for troops in Iraq, in Jordan, in many of the areas in the region. And we are continuing to cooperate on an ongoing basis about operations potentially in areas like Libya, where you have the beginnings of a government and we can I think provide enormous help in helping to stabilize those countries.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/04/remarks-president-and-secretary-general-stoltenberg-nato-after-bilateral

  13. Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States
    The White House

    Published on Apr 4, 2016

    As part of National Health Week the White house is releasing new scientific assessments on the impacts of climate change on human health.

  14. SCOTUS unanimously rejects challenge to ‘one person, one vote’

    04/04/16 10:50 AM—UPDATED 04/04/16 01:10 PM By Zachary Roth and Pete Williams – msnbc

    The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected an effort to change political boundaries and reduce the voting strength of the nation’s Latino population on Monday.

    Two residents of Texas urged the court to rule that in drawing legislative boundaries to create districts with roughly equal populations, states should count the voting population, not the total population.

    Using the total population figures, the challengers said, dilutes the voting power of residents in districts with large numbers of people who are not eligible to vote, violating the one-person, one-vote requirement.

    But not a single justice ruled for the challengers.

    “Adopting voter-eligible apportionment as constitutional command would upset a well-functioning approach to districting that all 50 states and countless local jurisdictions have followed for decades, even centuries,” wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the court.

    Justice Ginsburg announces opinion in One Person One Vote case. (Note: Alito and Breyer absent, Sotomayor not shown) Photo by Art Lien
    The challengers, she said, “have shown no reason for the court to disturb this longstanding use of total population.”

    Ginsburg’s opinion was joined by Justices John Roberts, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito each wrote separate concurring opinions.

    Relying instead on voting population could result in fewer districts in areas that elect Hispanic representatives. Opponents of the idea said it would shift political power away from urban areas with large minority populations, which tend to vote for Democrats, and toward rural areas, where Republicans do better at the polls.

    The nation’s founders, Ginsburg said, understood that “representatives serve all residents, not just those eligible or registered to vote.”

    For more: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/scotus-unanimously-rejects-challenge-one-person-one-vote

  15. April 04, 2016

    Statement by the President

    I commend Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state of New York for taking the historic step of creating a paid family leave program in the state and raising its minimum wage to support New York’s working families. This action means more parents won’t have to choose between their job and caring for their new children. It means more workers can earn a higher wage to help make ends meet. Since I first called on Congress to increase the federal minimum wage in 2013, 18 states and more than 40 cities and counties have acted on their own — thanks to the strong leadership of elected officials, businesses, and workers who organized and fought so hard for the economic security families deserve. Now Congress needs to act to raise the federal minimum wage and expand access to paid leave for all Americans.

  16. April 04, 2016

    Statement by the President

    I commend the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown for raising the minimum wage and expanding the security of paid sick leave for workers in their state. With these actions, California is expanding its promise to workers that they shouldn’t have to lose a paycheck if they get sick and has ensured that workers will no longer be earning a wage that keeps too many families in poverty. Since I first called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage in 2013, 18 states and the District of Columbia have acted on their own to raise the minimum wage. States and cities are making progress in expanding paid leave. Now it’s time for Congress to step up and do what is right for every hard-working American and for our economy.

  17. April 04, 2016

    Statement by the President on the Passing of Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow

    In Crow, you’d say Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow was a bacheitche – a good man. The first of his people to go to college and earn a Master’s, he wore war paint beneath his uniform and an eagle feather beneath his helmet during World War II. His bravery in battle earned him the Bronze Star from America, the Legion d’honneur from France, and in 2009, I was proud to honor him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Yet I suspect his greatest honor was one he earned from his people: the title of war chief – the last Crow to hold that distinction.

    Dr. Medicine Crow dedicated much of his life to sharing the stories of his culture and his people. And in doing so, he helped shape a fuller history of America for us all. Michelle and I honor 102 years of a life well lived, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the entire Crow Nation.

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