What Makes American Culture Unique

flagSteven Crowder takes a look at American culture on Independence Day.

Yes, “American culture” is comprised of all sorts of foods and things from other cultures across the world. We are mostly a people from among the peoples of the world.

But we are unique in that. We come from all corners of the earth, and we come together to make a unique culture that is like none in the history of mankind.

For the most part, to be an Englishman you have to be born in England and have a lineage in England. To be a German, you have to be born in German and have a German lineage.

But to be an American, practically speaking, you need only pledge allegiance to our republic and what it stands for, and you are as “American” as the guy or gal whose family has lived here for generations (in some cases, your heart may be even more American than some who have lived here all their lives).

You see, America isn’t so much a place but an idea, or a set of ideas. Like no other country on earth, like no other nation in history, America is a nation of radical notions like

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  • that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights
  • that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
  • that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
  • that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government
  • that when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security

In 1776, no other nation had set itself up based on these ideas. Today, 237 years later, no other nation has come close to embracing these ideas like America has.

So on this Independence Day, in the shadow of your bestowing Creator be proud of being an America. And resolve to protect this legacy for yourself and your posterity.



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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