We believe that much confusion comes from our failure to define terms. We often hear disagreement about who and what is "American" or "Un-American." We would like to define "Americanism." We believe that if everything is American, then to be American means nothing.
Here are our ideas of what it means to reflect "Americanism." We would welcome your views and/or possible additions.
THE TENETS OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM – AMERICANISM
(1)Individual Freedoms . . . The inalienable rights of mankind that allows him to think, discover, associate, produce, create, and express that result in having a Nation where the sum total of the greatness of individuals is greater than that of a minority of elitist rulers.
(2)Limited Constitutional Federal Government . . . The recognition that a powerful, centralized, over-reaching, government would be in opposition to individual freedoms, expressions, and creativity.
(3)The Free Enterprise – Capitalist Economic System . . . The recognition that supply and demand, along with competition tempered by limited regulation, results in greater prosperity and productivity and a higher standard of living, life, liberty, and happiness.
(4)The Rights of the Individual States . . . The division of America into States allows for an element of competition even in the realm of government which results in a better, more responsive, more creative government of, by, and for the American People.
(5)A Judeo-Christian Foundation . . .Inalienable Rights, the bedrock of Americanism, must be endowed by a Creator greater than man in order for man to be prohibited from denying these rights. The Faith of our Forefathers was that of Judeo-Christianity which works hand in hand with Individual Freedoms in that Christianity must be freely accepted by the individual in order to be valid.
(6)National Sovereignty . . . A land area without borders is no nation at all. Americans have the right to determine who is permitted to enter our Nation and become a citizen. Americans have the right to exclude those who seek to change our system of government, our culture, our foundation, from outside our Nation.
(7)The Inalienable Right to Self-Defense . . . American Exceptionalism will only be able to stand by recognizing the possibility of the existence of Enemies, both Foreign and Domestic, who might seek to destroy that which is The United States of America, and being willing to defend our Liberty, our Posterity, to the point of death, as previous generations have been compelled to do.