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Growing up “American”

April 27, 2020

Though most of our college teachers, creative professionals, and political activists on the Left disdain their “American” identity, it takes only a bit of foreign travel to realize that “they” are not like us.  “We” dress badly, wear shorts that are too short, talk loudly and miss those things that we as Americans take for granted like popcorn and “rights.”

A strong culture of “Americanism” fostered in the 1930s may not have enhanced popular understanding of great achievements of the “Founders,” but shaped understanding of our American identity.  When that was challenged, American patriotic groups responded.

The American Legion’s “Boys State”  ” was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps.”  “Junior Achievement,” founded in 1919 “, is “dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need for employment and entrepreneurship.” The Knights of Pythias  founded in 1864 developed consciousness of “friendship” as important to community solidarity and unity. The National Forensic League funded in 1925 promotes achievement in debate, speech, and academics and develops appreciation for civic responsibility and deliberative bodies of government. Frank Chodorov responded in 1953 to a fast growing socialist movement by founding the Intercollegiate Society of Individualists.

Between the ages of 17 and 19 I participated in events of all these organizations and that shaped my understanding of America, freedom of enterprise and the importance of voluntary organizations in constraining  the power of “the State.” It’s “us” versus “the administrative State” and that explains why the voters turned against the “Internationalists” and appeals to “Global citizenship.”

 

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