The American Creed is a unique national identity in the sense that it does not require citizens to adhere to it, but rather provides a platform for citizens to act however they choose. The Creed, and the national feelings entombed in it, allow the people of America to live their lives how they please. Rarely does a national identity actively protect those who aim to weaken or destroy it, but the American one uniquely does. In so doing, it creates a sort of powerful liberty not felt anywhere else in the civilized world. The American Creed and its aspects are able to build a nation that has immense freedom while retaining order and an effective government.
For centuries America has held its Creed. Some elements, which may in fact be the most important, are enshrined in the dark ink of the Constitution and its numerous Amendments. Others have remained naturally as beacons of American virtues and values.
The ability to exercise opinion frequently is enshrined in the First Amendment. Generations of Americans have lived and died reading potent and varying opinions in the media, practicing a variety of world religions, and protesting any issue they please in the streets. At every turn the men, women, and even children of America have stood up for issues that they care about. Perhaps the most fascinating notion is that often this principle is effective in spawning change. In no other country will one find such a rich tradition of free thought and opinion while also finding a stable government with no real regime change.
The ability to seize opportunity, or otherwise defined as the American Dream, is another component of the American Creed. The American Creed and American Dream, although different principles entirely, still cannot be defined without a sort of necessary circular linkage. The Dream is powered by the Creed, and the Creed powers the Dream. What would the American Creed be if not for the great American Dream of prosperity and ever growing opportunity? Conversely, what would the American Dream be if not for the everlasting freedom provided by the American Creed? The answers were truly never meant to be considered, as both concepts must go along together. Nevertheless, the Dream must still certainly be an element of the Creed. In all of American history, there has been growth forwards and a trend of seizing opportunity wherever it comes. Even in the darkest periods of American history, where other nations struggled alongside America, there still were rife opportunities for all to grow if one simply knew where to search. This remains true today, but not perhaps the case for other nations both in the past and present.
The ability to protect others is a staple of the Creed also. Americans have a tendency to care for and shield others in an unselfish way. Though it might seem foolhardy when considering the more unsavory people of America, it must be remembered that such people exist naturally and will be distributed everywhere. The sense of brotherhood spawned by democratic government on all levels is the likely cause of such unbiased warmth towards others found in America. All citizens have worked together equally since birth to advance their nation. Their parents did the same, as did their grandparents. Immigrants to the nation have indeed followed in the toils of their new neighbors to build spectacular communities for themselves and their descendants.
The aforementioned traits of the Creed create a unique perspective and position for Americans. The Creed and its components bathe the citizens and visitors to the nation in a strange sort of pure freedom with also strong and robust government. Opportunity, whether it be from a new frontier or new technologies, drives forward the boldest and brightest of American Society to new heights. Wealth often dissipates around communities, who use resources they can obtain to develop the local area further and build a sense of brotherhood at the same time. From there, the principles of free speech and demonstration usually protect citizens from egregious overreaches in power from the government or other private citizens. Yet it still should be noted that the ability to speak freely applies to all persons– even those who are more unsavory in general nature. That may be the greatest advantage held to America by its Creed.