Friday, March 13, 2009

An American's Creed, by Dean Alfange

A Brazilian friend of mine had a portion of this quoted in her orkut profile, I really liked it, so I looked it up.  It's an elegant quote, from a more civilized age...
An American's Creed, by Dean Alfange:

I do not choose to be a common man
It is my right to be uncommon...
If I can. I seek opportunity... Not security.

I do not wish to be a kept citizen,
Humbled and dulled by having the state to dream and build, to
Fail and 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 hand out. I will
Never cower before any master nor bend
to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect,
proud, and unafraid; to think and act for
myself; enjoy the benefits of my
creations; and to face the world boldly
and say, "This I have done with my own hand,
I am a man. I am an American".

1 comment:

Al Brown said...

There is no one more American than he who chooses to be.