The American's Creed

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 look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk,
to dream and to build,
to fall and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.

I prefer the challenges of life  
to a guaranteed existence,  
the thrill of fulfillment  
to the stale calm of "Utopia."  

I will not trade freedom
I will not trade freedom
I will not trade freedom
I WILL NOT TRADE FREEDOM
I will not trade freedom
I will not trade freedom
I will not trade freedom



I will not trade freedom for beneficence,
nor dignity for a handout.

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 benefit of my creations,

and to face the world boldly
and say…

 

With God's help,
this I have done.

All this is what it means to be an American.

 

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An American’s Creed – By Dean Alfange

  • Reprinted in The Reader’s Digest, October 1952
    • 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 look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk;
to dream and to build,
to fail and to 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 benefit of my creations,
and to face the world boldly and say,

this, with God's help, I have done.

All this is what it means to be an American.