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What we're about
A club for for men* who believe in the following ideas.
*For men because we want to ensure that this club is about friendship and not romance - nothing wrong with romance, but there are plenty of other clubs for that purpose.
"Friendship is born when two people meet and say "Oh! You too! I thought I was the only one." CS Lewis
The real existential question confronting America is being able to differentiate between "culturally" American and "legally" American, not between African/Hispanic/Asian/LGBT/whatever Americans. What’s the difference? In the book, "If Your Can Keep It," the author says on page 4, "It is not enough for us merely to exist as a people, doing the minimum of simply obeying our laws and minding our own business. Much more is required of Americans if America is truly to be America."
What is that "much more."
Here's my two cents:
A legal American is someone who by virtue of law, like being born in the US or being naturalized, is an American citizen.
A cultural American believes in and supports the precepts below that are foundational to being culturally American:
a) The Judeo-Christian morals and values upon which the United States were founded*:
*This principle does not mean that a cultural American must follow a particular religion. But a cultural American must buy into the Judeo-Christian value set above all other value sets. Why? As Washington stated, "Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796. Our political and cultural values, our God given rights, and our economic system, are all based on the Judeo-Christian value set. Pull out that foundation, and the American house will crumble in the winds of multiculturalism. As Lincoln said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," a clearly Judeo-Christian biblical reference.
John Adams said, "The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, that is my religion." And those two passages pretty much sum up Judeo-Christian values. Of note - nothing in those passages about homosexuality - if you love America per the principles of this club, all are welcome.
b) A free market economy, with commerce being regulated according to the constitutional original intent:
“Every dollar released from taxation that is spent or invested will help create a new job and a new salary. And these new jobs and new salaries can create other jobs and other salaries and more customers and more growth for an expanding American economy.” John F. Kennedy address to the American people 13 Aug 1962
c) A democratic and republican form of government, according to original constitutional intent and amendments, with the federal government limited to only its defined constitutional powers – all other powers being regulated to the states, per the 10th Amendment: "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions. It is to be remarked that the phrase out of which this doctrine is elaborated, is copied from the old articles of Confederation, where it was always understood as nothing more than a general caption to the specified powers, and it is a fact that it was preferred in the new instrument for that very reason as less liable than any other to misconstruction.” James Madison, Letter to Edmund Pendleton (21 Jan 1792)
d) That the English language is the dominant language in which education, commerce, and politics should be conducted.*
*This principle does not mean in any way, shape, or form, that Americans should not learn about other languages and cultures - on the contrary. However, people who desire to become an American must make, assuming they have the mental capacity, an effort to obtain a conversant level, both written and spoken, in English. As George Washington said, “we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment." And as Theodore Roosevelt said, “We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.” Letter by then former president Theodore Roosevelt (3 January 1919) to Charles Steward Davison. An essential element of being a part of any culture is being able to converse in the language of that culture.
e) A firm adherence to the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, and a dedication to using force, in lawful ways and when necessary as a last resort, to support and defend the Constitution, our families, friends, fellow Americans, and all peace loving people of the world who are in danger from the wolves that try to deprive people of the self-evident truths of Natural Law - that all people are created equal before the law, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
The time has come for all of us to realize that you, and I, no matter our skin color, cultural background, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc., are just an American, nothing more, and nothing less.
The goal of this group is to enrich each other's understanding of the above principles, and to then promulgate them to the rest of American society.
Your humble servant and sheepdog (join and you'll find out what I mean by "sheepdog," if you don't know Dave Grossman)