What America Means to Me
means safety, opportunity, democracy and equality. These ideals are an
everyday part of life and they are what America means to me.
of the best things about being an American is feeling safe. There are
many other countries with a democratic form of government but they
aren't America. Here you can get in heated discussion with your
neighbor over political issues or candidates and you almost never hear
about any violence erupting from these discussions. The peaceful
transfer of power in the United States is incredibly unusual in the
world we live in. In 2000 hundreds of people were injured during riots
after the French presidential election and in that same year Italians
rioted after the Prime Minister received a vote of no-confidence. The
peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next, from one
politician to the next, is an important characteristic of American
democracy that I value here in the United States. It makes me feel
Even when times are tough Americanís look for opportunities
to work and support themselves. During the Great Depression many
people were out of work in America but they got through it by being
tough. Immigrants came to this country with nothing, they worked every
day to achieve the American dream. Men and women who start out in the
mail room have the opportunity to own the corporation in the future.
It isn't like this everywhere. In India if you were born to a certain
cast as hard as you work, as hard as you toil, you will never reach a
higher level in that country. America makes opportunities available to
and equality sometimes go hand in hand. The election of the first
black president Barack Obama proves that the America believes in
equality and democracy for all people.
United States laid out their ideals in the Declaration of
Independence. America has lived up to these ideals. The men who wrote
it should be proud of the nation they built. America means safety,
opportunity, democracy and equality to me.
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