The American Dream In Rights Of Man By Thomas Paine

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Her American Dream turns into a nightmare. A young girl envisions herself cheering for her country. She smiles at the waving U.S. flag. She exudes patriotic spirit. She joins a loud crowd to celebrate the peace and equality in America only to realize it was a mob condemning the faults of the nation. Dreams are idealistic versions of what is desired, but they may not be representative of reality. In Rights of Man, Thomas Paine dreamt of America as a picture-perfect society and characterized it as a united and fair nation. Paine’s characterization does not hold true today. His depiction of America is no longer applicable since “riots and tumults” are rightfully engendered, the government is unjust, and the rich are privileged. Paine’s claim …show more content…

The government has turned a blind eye to its incarcerated citizens, depriving them of their basic human needs. For instance, jails have become overpacked and unsanitary. Most state prisons have reached seventy-five percent capacity, while nine have already reached more than one hundred percent. As prison populations rise, more diseases spread from reduced space, lower air quality, and contaminated water. Many inmates do not seek treatment because of delays in health evaluation. Inadequate medical care in detention centers reveals the government’s lack of concern for its prisoners’ health, emphasizing the injustice toward the incarcerated. Furthermore, government injustice extends to solitary confinement as it is an unethical practice. Isolated imprisonment dehumanizes convicts by denying them educational programs, social interaction, and mental health treatment which can lead to significant psychological damage. Some may counter that criminals need to be penalized for their crimes to learn from their mistakes. However, such extreme punishment is not an effective method of rehabilitation. Prolonged isolation reinforces feelings of worthlessness or insensitivity, which decreases a prisoner’s ability to reform. Despite these reasons, it continues to be in use which highlights how unjust the government truly is. While dehumanizing acts of mass incarceration and solitary confinement exist, Paine’s assertion that the “government is just” is

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