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True Americanism

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On July 3, 2006

Washington knew that the Boston malster, and the Pennsylvania printer, and the Rhode Island anchor-smith, and the New Jersey preacher, and the New York lawyer, and the men who stood with him were Americans.

He knew it, I say and by what divination?  By a test more searching than any mere peculiarity of manners, dress, or speech; by a touchstone able to divide the gold of essential character from the alloy of superficial characteristics; by a standard which disregarded alike Franklin’s fur cap and Putnam’s old felt hat, Morgan’s leather leggings and Witherspoon’s black silk gown and John Adams’ lace ruffles, to recognize and approve, beneath these various garbs, the vital sign of America woven into the very souls of the men who belonged to her by a spiritual birthright.

For what is true Americanism, and where does it reside?  Not on the tongue, nor in the clothes, nor among the transient social forms, refined or rude, which mottle the surface of human life.  The log cabin has no monopoly of it, nor is it an immovable fixture of the stately pillared mansion.  Its home is not on the frontier nor in the populous city, not among the trees of the wild forest nor the cultured groves of academe.  Its dwelling is in the heart.  It speaks a score of dialects but one language, follows a hundred paths to the same goal, performs a thousand kinds of service in loyalty to the same ideal which is its life.  True Americanism is this:

To believe that the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are given by God.

Have a safe and happy July 4th!

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