In the current political environment, the question “What does it mean to be an American” is one that really caused me to think and reflect deeply. And while some are vowing to “Make America Great Again”, I think there are already a number of things that already make America great and make me proud to be an American. Early on, our founding fathers suggested through the Constitution that at its core, what it meant to be American was simply “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That’s a fairly simplistic notion and the focus of my essay explores whether this literal interpretation can still apply in today’s more complex society or whether being an American requires more than that. As I try to answer this question myself, I began first by trying to inventory the things I appreciate most about America. I quickly determined that the things I cherish most might be quite different than my other classmates, friends, and possibly my own family and that’s when I realized that the discretion to express your own ideas and to think
There are many confusions about what it means to be an American or how to become one. Even people that are Americans have delusions about what it means, and even how to respect their culture and history. There are many requirements that have to be meet to become an actual American, or commonly known as a citizen of the United States. The three main things that are required to be an American and uphold the honor that it takes to be an American are, being loyal to the United States, treating the common man with respect, and accepting what other are Americans, no matter their age, culture or ethnicity. To begin, loyalty is the single most important pillar of what it means to be an American.
In recent years, Immigration has become one of a plethora of hot topics during political races. Politicians, like many Americans, see our great nation as a prize only of the deserving. The United States symbolize the land of the free. Even before the signing of the Declaration of Independent in 1776, immigrants flocked to the United States of America in search of their three fundamental rights endowed in the Preamble – “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Everyone, including people who immigrated to the United States illegally, should have an equal opportunity to attain these inalienable rights.
If you were born or raised on American soil? To me, being an American is having U.S. citizenship. I see “American” as an ethnicity, which is something you can’t really change. But American in spirit is something different, a person in my opinion can deem themselves as an ‘American at heart” by living the American way. I am a “host” and a guide; meaning I am constantly exposed to people from around the world.
While reading “History and Knowing Who We Are” by David McCullough, the following points stood out the most to me. Firstly the concept that “The desire to find out what’s not working, fix it, and then maybe get it to work is an American quality and our guiding star,” (“History and Knowing Who We Are” page 2). Most Americans have that “never give up” quality to them, and it has paved the success of many important people in our history. Next that “It is our ability then and now to rise to the occasion and exhibit our strengths - not our failings, weaknesses, and sins - that define us as Americans,” (page 1). We all posses flaws, have regrets, but in a time when we are needed we are able to stand up and exhibit what makes us who we are, what
pilots, soldiers and anybody else in the military can be a patriot. in fact there probably the greatest patriots we have. They fight for us, our country and most importantly our freedoms. if we did not have our freedoms then we could go back to everybody being or servant sto others and not being equal. D. Martin Luther King has shaped America into something we today know as normal but things in the past they would look at us like were crazy.
why do we need to be told that we are diverse? America is the leading country for immigrants. America has always been about diversity and different culture/races coming together to make up one beautiful country. Why is it wrong to not have the need to showcase it around every corner? I understand that people want to know the statistics to see if they
The American Dream has shaped this country for centuries. It inspired the works of people like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Alva Edison, and Henry Ford. This Dream can be considered the driving force of our economy, the contributing reason for our immigrant influx, and the powering factor of our innovation. Although everyone interprets this Dream differently, the majority of individuals in this country can agree on some certain ideas and morals. Since none of this would be easy or even possible in an authoritarian regime, our rights and our freedoms play an important role in the Dream.
What is the most crucial value we have that characterizes us as Americans? Most will claim equality, achievements, patriotism, or the American dream that shows the image of opportunities and diligent work. However, these American values would not exist without the existence and establishment of liberty. It was the strive for liberty that initiated the start of this nation, it was liberty that has formed the nation to what it has come to be thus far, and it is still liberty that drives us toward the ideal American country we continue to aim for. Without our liberty as Americans, every other value that we cherish would not exist.
“I’m much American as any man; I’m more American than most. And what is this American?” This is what an American is, fighting to make the country better, making a difference. After all America, is the land of freedom of speech. Ned gave this speech out of freedom. He stated “Because they didn’t have no such thing as American till we got here.