America is the universal symbol of freedom. But is it really free? America at one time was defined by freedom, however now America defines freedom. Thus, altering the definition of the term. The founding fathers of America made specific rules for us to follow to keep peace and unity in our society, but over time those rules have been tampered with. Keeping only key components to make it seem as if it hasn’t changed. When the colonists from England traveled over to America they had a utopia of freedom waiting for them. They had no rules or guidelines to follow or anyone to impress. The freedom had no charge. It was free. Throughout time, America began to tumble slowly. People would find loopholes around things and start problems in the community. So their rights and freedoms were limited. To an extent the rights that were provided are still available to us, and the freedoms were limited to a point that was still bearable. However, this is where the Americans realized that they can begin to limit everything. They began to …show more content…
Even after hundreds of years, America still has not been able to figure out a way to re-create the idea of equality of rights and freedoms to everyone. African Americans are still being discriminated, women are still recieving smaller wages, and homosexuals are still thought as inappropriate. The list of things America treats as unequal goes on to infinity. No matter what anyone will do, the discrimination and inequality in our nation will never end. After hundreds of years the thought of living in America and being able to live the “free” life, will never be as it was at one point in time. As sad as it is, the American government has been changing the laws that the founding fathers had made long ago and no matter what we do and how hard we try, America will never have the full freedom that was created in the very
Throughout the annals of American history, the advocation for freedom, and the absorption of ideals such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have been at the forefront of the American belief. These beliefs were implemented in 1776, through the Declaration of Independence. This document was ratified by recalcitrant Americans who would not tolerate subjection to tyrannical rule. The American people hoped this document would seal their fate in relation to Europe, and prove to Europe, and frankly the entire world, that they were a separate, sufficient nation. But as the years unfolded, the realization that America would continue to be considered an inferior nation arose.
As the United States became more industrialized, the understanding of freedoms began to change. New systems of transportation began to emerge that allowed people to be able to travel quicker, a new economy emerged, and participation in the democratic system grew. Socially and politically the nation altered its concept of freedom, but select groups were still left out. At the turn of the 19th century transportation was being revolutionized as the United States became dedicated to improving transportation.
However, even with the all the “freedom” and “liberty for all” sentiments, it does exclude a huge portion of the population. We are still dealing with the ramifications of exclusion to this days, even 240 years later. And by our own government enabling the same tyrannical oppression where people are not able to get the equal rights they deserve we are making this document invalid and not upholding the better fundamentals that the founding fathers
All of these restrictions limited the American opportunity making it an age of fear and oppression rather than an age of opportunity. The Bill of Rights was designed to protect American citizens and allow them to keep their basic rights. During the Red Scare some rights were overturned. In fear the government began to restrict freedoms in order to keep the nation safe.
In “Let America be America again,” “The Latin Deli,” and “Two ways to Belong in America” America has been proven that it is only free for some but not for all. In these stories, they insist that that America has only been free and equal towards its American born citizens. They explain how most of the immigrants have been discriminated against and treated poorly. Most of them tell how they have been forced to make their own communities because of how they have been treated. The immigrants have all been discriminated against and are not free unlike American born citizens.
Idiocrasy: America’s Founding Ideals and What Went Wrong “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever…” were the famous words of Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps one can remain so not forever, but in America, a very long time. Called a “…beacon for freedom and opportunity” (George W. Bush, 2001), America has prided itself as the champion of its five founding ideals outlined in the Declaration of Independence. These ideals of Equality, Liberty, Opportunity, Democracy, and Rights have not been given justice.
Freedom has been the central belief of America since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Since this day, America has worked hard to keep the idea that America is the “land of the free.” However, throughout the construction of this nation, freedom was defined differently by each person. Freedom to African Americans meant liberty from enslavement and land ownership. Freedom to Europeans meant freedom of religion and government.
Through out American history the federal government has taken many actions which limited the freedom for many to all Americans. Examples would be the Espionage and Sedition acts, many people say that this was okay and it was a great thing that they placed these down during the time. Many others would argue that even in the time of war we as the people of the United States and as Americans should have the same rights we always would. Another example would be the relocation of Japanese Americans.
The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) The amendments were put into place to protect the rights and civil liberties of all American citizens from the federal government. However, prior to the fourteenth amendment, there was no certainty with the constitution. The constitution did not state in a clear enough way who was protected under it and exactly what rights you had as an American Citizen. The 14th amendment was in response to the just passed thirteenth amendment, which ended slavery in all of the southern states.
Therefore, freedom is an illusion. For example, if we wanted to use our freedom of speech toward law enforcement we would face consequences for disrespecting an authority. Although, the first amendment is supposed to protect us, it does not excuse us from hindrance or consequences. The illusion that we have freedom is merely something created by the ruling power because they create and determine what actions the general public are able to do according to the
Civil liberties combine freedoms and protections like due process of law and the right to free speech. On the other hand, civil rights prohibit discrimination under the law on the basis of race, gender, disability status, or other demographic characteristics. While both civil rights and civil liberties take up important places in American politics, they emerged along essentially different paths. Since the Framers wrote the constitution the ideas of civil rights have changed greatly. The Fourteenth Amendment specially states that a state could not deny any person within jurisdiction equal protection of the laws.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This quote comes from the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson. America’s founding fathers created the Declaration of Independence so people of the United States could live a long and prosperous life, living in harmony with one another. African-Americans, especially slaves, didn 't have even a chance to pursue happiness, much less a right. The harsh reality is that there were many groups in the 1930s, and today, that are discriminated against in their daily lives.
I believe that America as it is now is no longer the land of the free or the home of the brave. I was taught that the United States is the land of the free and the home of the brave, but I’m struggling to find any support for that statement. We live in a time where our so called president threatens the safety of other countries, and boasts about our military might via twitter. Even though I’ve not lived in this country for long, I have developed a certain sense of pride in it. The same pride that I felt every time I recited the pledge of allegiance in elementary school.
America, the land of the free, does this reign true after the years of war and amendments to the Constitution that have been implemented? Our nation has gone through so many changes. Is there even a resemblance to the original system the framers of the Constitution envisioned? The majority of the Constitution has remained constant over the years, and those changes that have been made were for the amelioration of the country.