The Importance Of American Tradition

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Today, there is much debate on the preservation of American tradition and whether or not is it being lost or found within the culture of America. In light of this, Russell Kirk writes a profound article titled What Are American Traditions, that not only upholds the strong existence of American traditions, but also clarifies what American tradition truly is within the fifty United States. He states, “Tradition is something more than mere political ideology” (Kirk). Furthermore, Kirk points out that American traditions are not unique unto the United States alone, the majority of citizens accept them, and he lists several of the prevailing traditions. First of all, Kirk states that the traditions of America are not brand new ideas unique to the country, yet rather a compellation from her British heritage. He states, “American attitudes toward representative government, private property, local and private rights, political community, decent manners, family relationships, and even the physical pattern of civilized life, all are derived principally from British custom” (Kirk) His point is …show more content…
For example, he states, “Curiously enough, in a nation with only three centuries of history behind it, the mass of the people are probably as sympathetic to tradition as is the bulk of the population anywhere else in the world” (Kirk). This “sympathy” is what makes America thrive. People may have a difference of opinion, yet the majority of Americans seek to understand another’s viewpoint. That is an American tradition. Also, Kirk vividly points out that even the most “radical” people “ordinarily have endeavored to prove that their particular program was really in harmony with the deeper American traditions” (Kirk). In other words, if a politician desires to win a campaign there best bet is to appeal to the American tradition or at least show how their methods are an American

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