The American Creed: I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man

I think that many traders share these ideals, and represent some of the best of us as a nation. There are also many who are not traders that live up to our heritage. Sadly, much of the populace of this country no longer does. The people in general are becoming sheep. Be a true American and live by this creed.

The American Creed: I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man
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 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, “This I have done.”

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9 Responses to “The American Creed: I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man”

  1. Evening Hot Links: Monkey Terrorists The Reformed Broker Says:

    […] Surely, if traders had a creed it would sound something like this:  (ReadTheProspectus) […]

  2. Nikola Says:

    What tripe.

  3. Prospectus Says:

    Why do you say that?

  4. John Says:

    Love it!

  5. Kevin Says:

    Amen, Brother! Amen!

  6. bb Says:

    Nikola: You are tripe and trivial.

  7. Daniel Says:

    Inspiring thanks for sharing.

  8. Merry Says:

    Nikola Says:

    July 12, 2010 at 11:03 am
    What tripe.

    Nikola must be a taker, not a maker.

  9. Steve Says:

    Great post, thank you

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