The War on Americanism

Written by Allan Erickson on July 18, 2019

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
— Jesus Christ

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable 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.”
— The American Declaration of Independence

These principles constitute the heart of Americanism. These statements direct us to be completely committed to certain ideals: love of God, love of one’s neighbor, love of liberty, the opportunity to pursue happiness, and the revolutionary idea that free people motivated by love can govern themselves.

The bedrock principles upon which this Republic has succeeded thus far are under attack by any number of anti-American forces pretending to be patriots.

Self-government only works when people sign a social contract, promising to love one another, and proceeding, voluntarily, to protect and defend one another.

Self-government must be tended to daily, defended constantly, nourished and promoted, or it will die.

Those with small minds, cold hearts, and loose tongues multiply today, offering nothing but condemnation, division, rancor, and unwise recommendations, actual weapons fashioned to destroy Americanism.

True Patriots must step up and defend our Republic, once again, for it has always been under attack, and every preceding generation has had to fight for its survival.

We can do nothing less.

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Allan Erickson
Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.