Update – December 5, 2012
Much to my dismay, I made the decision to remove my personal bio since it seems to garner a little too much attention. On occasion, it gets more hits than other more important articles. I’ve also been branded as being too self-important. Nothing could be further from the actual truth, though. Originally, the intent in publishing my bio was to share my life-story, although in condensed form, with the readers. I felt it would put readers at ease knowing that I was no different than any other ordinary American. However, in more ways than I care to admit, I am not like most Americans. I don’t follow the status quo that “keeps up with the Kardashians,” or, parrots the idiocy running rampant in the City of Washington. I’m not someone who hangs around the watercooler at work gossiping about co-workers or better, the boss. I tend to stay out of the fray and mind my own business. Truthfully, and it may come as a surprise to most, I no longer have the urge to eavesdrop on others, or, satisfy a curious streak in an attempt to gain private information on friends, colleagues, or even strangers. Frankly, I have no interest in people’s private lives which may or may not include their beliefs and/or unethical practices. But, back to the issue here, I do not want to be the focus of my blog instead my message should be the primary aim of all visitors and subscribers. For those that never read my bio, but wish to know more about me, there is a small paragraph containing most of the pivotal information of my former bio at the end of each blog post. In the grand scheme, my personal life is not the issue and never should have been, but the information and knowledge I contribute and share with the world most assuredly is.
Be courageous and always honorable,
“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” GLADIATOR – 2000
Historical Notes: The American’s Creed was a result of a nationwide contest for writing a National Creed, which would be a brief summary of the American political faith founded upon things fundamental in American history and tradition. The contest was the idea of Henry Sterling Chapin, Commissioner of Education of New York State. Over three thousand entries were received, and William Tyler Page was declared to be the winner. James H. Preston, the mayor of Baltimore, presented an award to Page in the House of Representatives Office Building on April 3, 1918. The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the commissioner of education of the state of New York accepted the Creed for the United States, and the proceedings relating to the award were printed in the Congressional Record of April 13, 1918. It was a time when patriotic sentiments were very much in vogue. The United States had been a participant in World War I only a little over a year at the time the Creed was adopted.
The author of the American’s Creed, William Tyler Page, was a descendant of John Page, who had come to America in1650 and had settled in Williamsburg, Virginia. Another ancestor, Carter Braxton , had signed the Declaration of Independence. Still another ancestor, John Tyler, was the tenth president of the United States. William Tyler Page had come to Washington at the age of thirteen to serve as a Capitol Page. Later he became an employee of the Capitol building and served in that capacity for almost sixty-one years. In 1919 he was elected clerk of the House. Thirteen years later, when the Democrats again became a majority party, they created for Page the office of minority clerk of the House of Representatives. He held this position for the remainder of his life.
Referring to the Creed, Page said: “It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders.” His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster’s reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.