What it's like to be an American

Posted by Roger M. Arizona
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My piece is my opinion on what it's like being American but also how some people don't get to live their American Dream.

Being American is definitely a blessing. I know many people who wish they lived in the United States. Being American means to have the freedom and the opportunity to do whatever you want in life. I believe that we should all be treated equal and free from oppressive boundaries in 2018 and the years that follow after. The Amendments are what gives us those freedom, like the freedom of speech, and the freedom of religion. We’ve strayed from our ideals created by the founding fathers, and we’ve become more individualistic and selfish.

America was built on the idea that all men are created equal, and that there shall be liberty and justice for all. However, in today’s society, our country is split into multiple groups ranging from politics, races, and lifestyles. Today’s society is so quick to judge someone based off of their appearance just for a reaction. I believe America definitely has changed over the centuries for the better, but there is still lots to improve on.

But what exactly is the “American Dream?” The American Dream is the ideal that every U.S. citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work and determination. But some citizens don’t get to live the full American experience because their lives are cut short due to the many incidents in America. Incidents such as Police Brutality, school shootings, accidents, and many other tragedies. These innocent lives are taken away for no reason and no changes are made to prevent further casualties. Besides all the freedom and ‘justice’ that is said to be here in the United States, America is not all it seems. As much as I’d like there to be no violence, our society will never be content with what citizens have to offer. People will judge, they’ll talk, they’ll take action, they will do whatever it takes to keep them satisfied.

America is the land of free, opportunity, and liberty. We have all come a long way to achieve our entitlement and we should all be proud of who we are, and who we become. My American creed is to continue to further my education, grow as a strong individual and pursue my dreams no matter the obstacles and struggles that come with it. I am proud to be American, but I would be even more proud if America lives up to its name. I believe in equality and justice for all.

Published on Apr 10, 2018
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