How can you express your American creed through action?

In this response I back and support John F Kennedy's famous quote “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” with observations I've made while working in retail, and on what makes America Great

By Anthony from Bay High School in Ohio

Democratic president John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,”. As Americans it is our duty to care for and partake in events in and for our community. Far to many people nowadays want support and hand-outs from the government without offering anything of value in return, the people I've seen complain the most about not getting help from the government spend hundreds (yes, hundreds) of dollars on candy and sodas at drug stores (which has the convenience store tax). The people who participate the most in volunteer events have been hardworking, and successful middle class Americans. It is my belief that these were the Americans that asked what they can do for their country, and got rewarded for it. Our nations welfare systems could be reworked, but far too many people have gotten complacent with being given things by the government, that once another trouble happens in their life they ask for more money. There are hard working Americans who arguably deserve, and need, welfare more than others who do not get the help they deserve from the government, simply because the people who ask "what your country can do for you". If we want our country to work for us, then we must work for it. My American dream is to work and provide for the country I love so much, a country that gives me more freedoms than every other country in the world. I am able to protest against anything I'm against, allowed to arm myself and have the ability to defend myself from threats, both inside and outside America. I have guaranteed rights in trial, and countless more rights that are unique to America alone. We've grown too complacent as Americans and rely on our government while forgetting what being American makes us. America is the perfect example of a country where one individual can find wealth and success, where one individual can make his mark on society. It's this individualism that in my opinion, makes America the best country to live in. This is why I Ask not what my country can do for me, but what I can do for my country.  

Bay High School

2023 3rd Block

AP Government Class

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