From the world of WIKI… “The Ideology of Americanism”
“Americanism is a set of United States patriotic values aimed at creating a collective American identity, and can be defined as “an articulation of the nation’s rightful place in the world, a set of traditions, a political language and a cultural style imbued with political meaning.” Americanism is an ideology, or belief in devotion, loyalty or allegiance to the United States of America, or to its flag, traditions, customs, culture, symbols, institutions or form of government. In the words of The-odore Roosevelt, “Americanism is a question of spirit, conviction, and purpose, not of creed or birthplace.”
Americanism has two different meanings. It can refer to the defining characteristics of the United States and can also signify loyalty to the United States and a defense of American political ide-als. These ideals include, but are not limited to self-government, equal opportunity, freedom of speech, and a belief in progress. This collection of ideals that forms the modern ideology of Amer-icanism holds an enduring appeal to people from lands throughout the globe.
The concept of Americanism has been around since the first European settlers moved to North America aspired by a vision of a shining “City on a Hill”. John Adams wrote that the new settle-ments in America were “the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumina-tion of the ignorant, and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth”
Numerous organizations have embraced Americanism, but none more than the Elks. As American and Patriots we first place the American flag at the Altar of Elkdom in our Lodges. We believe it exemplifies the cardinal principle of our Order…Charity. We honor the flag, our Veterans, and our American ideology.
God bless the United States of America.