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How Do You Define Patriotism? - Patriotism      Patriotism is defined as a love for or a devotion to one’s country. With the events that happened in America on September 11th, patriotism has been in everyone’s mind and heart. Young men and women have been enlisting in the armed forces to support America. Americans are flying flags on their cars and homes to show their patriotism. Millions of Americans are donating money and blood in support of the victims of the attacks. I would define patriotism as a loyalty and commitment to America and the people in our country....   [tags: Definition of patriotism] 650 words
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Patriotism by Yukio Mishima - "Patriotism" by Yukio Mishima      Death, in many places death is feared, taking one's own life is looked upon as cowardly and weak. This story sheds a different light on death; it shows the honor and respectful way of bowing out. To see the honor in death, one must understand the culture and the time period. The story 'Patriotism' written by Yukio Mishima shows a couple?s courage, love and faith as well as the man?s commitment to his country.      As the story goes, Shinji is a member of the Imperil forces....   [tags: Yukio Mishima Patriotism Death] 552 words
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American Culture and Patriotism after World War Two - As a result of the war, America felt a new patriotism. As the wealth of the country increased the people were inclined to celebrate their success. They also celebrated having a much easier life than in comparison to the hardship and compromises of the war years. This was evident in the products that were designed to save Americans time and effort. There was advertising particularly aimed at women in the home household products. The consumerist beliefs were perpetuated by the mass media, radio, television, cinema and print media....   [tags: American Culture, World War II, USA, patriotism, ] 489 words
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Patriotism - The recent terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have caused confusion on the topic of patriotism. The best way to start understanding patriotism is to simply define it. Patriotism is a person’s level of loyalty toward their country. Displays of true patriotism are prominent in times of despair, such as wars and terrorist attacks. However, many people have discrepancies on what displays of patriotism really are. Some people believe that showing patriotism can be accomplished by waving the flag and singing the national anthem....   [tags: essays research papers] 571 words
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Patriotism - Patriotism When confronted with the question, "How can I help preserve patriotism?", I honestly draw a blank. It is not because I can't help preserve patriotism, it's just something that should come naturally. Patriotism is defined as a devotion to one's country. I was fortunate enough to be brought up with the knowledge that it is good to have your own opinion, but that resulted in a direct love for the country for me. Some people, however, have not been as lucky. The roots of the problem reach back to the time in American history when the emancipation of women and urban mobility caused the home to give up much of it's control over the morals and ideals of the children....   [tags: Papers] 401 words
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Patriotism - Patriotism An egotist, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is one devoted to his or her own interests and advancement. Everyone is an egotist in one way or another. Even when a person commits the most selfless acts of altruism, the act usually benefits the person in one way or another. Humanity is not, by nature, altruistic; humanity is, by nature, egocentric. This is evident in Yukio Mishima's "Patriotism" with the main characters, Reiko and Shinji. People are egotistical in the choices they often make: choosing friendship over patriotism, choosing to trust a spouse, and choosing one's personal freedom....   [tags: Essays Papers] 418 words
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Overwhelming Patriotism - E.E. Cummings poem “next to of course god America i” can be interpreted, on the surface, as a stark criticism of patriotism in general. However, he is not just criticizing patriotism, but, criticizing blind patriotism and abusing blind patriotism to further an agenda. The poem itself is a reflection of the picturesque American life portrayed in snap shots of patriotic songs and colloquialisms that are indicative to American life. These snap shots help highlight how excessive patriotism begins and how it can be overwhelming....   [tags: Poetry] 734 words
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AMERICAN PATRIOTISM - AMERICAN PATRIOTISM AMERICAN PATRIOTISM Patriotism in America is the love for or devotion to America. Patriotism represents people who love this country and support the country's authority and interests. American patriotism does not only mean an unquestioning loyalty to the decisions of the United States government. Patriotism is staring unblinkingly into the face of history. It is to acknowledge the injustices and cruelties that have been a part of the nation's history, as well as the marvelous accomplishments....   [tags: essays research papers] 477 words
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Blind Patriotism - Blind Patriotism One of the most important tools that any government can take advantage of to advance its control is the patriotism of its people. Throughout the history of the world patriotism has been used to justify war, injustice against others and to manipulate a whole population of people. Patriotism is not a word which is meant to have negative effects. In fact as the Merriam Webster dictionary defines it patriotism is the "love for or devotion to one's country" so how can that be seen as negative....   [tags: Government American Persuasive Essays]
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Terrorism and Patriotism - Terrorism and Patriotism The connection between war and patriotism-or better yet, between war and the making of patriots-is evident, maybe even self-evident. But, is a war really required. The answer is no, not as long as we remember past wars, and use those memories to meet current challenges. To help us remember, we have a Memorial Day (Decoration Day when I was young), and the Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean, and (eventually) World War II memorials. To the same end, we have national cemeteries filled with the graves of patriots, and a national anthem composed during a long-past war....   [tags: September 11 Terrorism Essays] 1596 words
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What is Patriotism? - What is patriotism. Merriam-Webster defines patriotism as love for or devotion to one's country. “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually,” James Baldwin. “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.” H....   [tags: essays research papers] 407 words
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Finding Patriotism - Finding Patriotism Taking my English writing instructor’s advice, one day during my lunch break from work; I went on a short trip to Faneuil Hall. This historical building blends in with other red brick buildings in Boston. Therefore, you might pass it by, if it were not for the painted red line representing the Freedom Trail and a statue of Samuel Adams in the middle of the plaza. Before entering the building, one might compare this moment with, as Walker Percy says. "Seeing the canyon is made even more difficult by what the sight- seer does when the moment arrives, when sovereign knower confronts the thing to be known....   [tags: miscellaneous] 2322 words
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Analysis of Britons - Patriotism is often described as love and respect for your country. Because patriotism is such an abstract term it can be shown in many varying forms. This is very evident in Linda Colley’s Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837. She provides a multitude of ways that the Britons showed their love and respect for their country. As I took the examples in the book it appeared that people of the time saw patriotism as more of a mix between viewing patriotism as unquestioning loyalty to country and the idea of challenging the existing nature rather than people just merely showing love and respect....   [tags: Patriotism] 1216 words
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Memorial Day Thoughts - I usually write a piece for Memorial Day. I didn’t write one this year because I had written a memorial piece just this past Veteran’s Day. But, within minutes of last week’s item posting on May 30, three things happened that made me regret my decision. First, I received word that a fellow Vietnam veteran had died a few days before. Then, I received a Memorial Day ecard from another friend. And, third, between May 31 and June 4, emails from regular readers filled my inbox wanting to know why I had not written one....   [tags: Patriotism] 1027 words
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Patriotism Aided in Socrate's Death - ... "Socrates' lifespan marked the beginning and an end of an idea -- the idealistic vision of an autonomous, tolerant democratic Athenian city state" (Hughes 360). Socrates dreamed of a perfect Athens, hoping to pave the way by instructing the young, but many believed Socrates corrupting the youth. This was influenced by the book The Clouds. Socrates was guilty of corrupting the youth of Athens and creating new divinities in the place of the gods. "But if Socrates did question the old myths, then the charge that he failed to respect 'the city's gods' was perfectly true" (Wilson 31)....   [tags: History, Death Penalty] 1803 words
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Car-buying: Performance vs. Patriotism - Should loyal Americans feel inclined to buy American when looking to buy a new car. The question has most proud Americans puzzled at their local dealership. It comes down to the debate of performance versus patriotism. Which comes first. What is a loyal American to do. As most Americans know, the car-making industry has gotten to be very competitive in the last decade, with most of that competition coming from European and Japanese brands. A large contribution to the rise of foreign cars and fall of American cars has to do with the recent downfall of General Motors, a well-respected American auto-making manufacturer for years....   [tags: Automobile Industry]
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Patriotism and The American Flag - There is much controversy surrounding the idea of patriotism and the iconography of the American flag in today’s society. Some believe patriotism is simply the act of supporting the decisions of the leaders of the country. Others say, to be patriotic, people should be outspoken and voice their oppositions to what is going on in the government. Opinions also differ on the idea of what the American flag represents. One opinion of the flags representation is that the flag represents our history, and the formerly mentioned idea of patriotism....   [tags: essays research papers] 1007 words
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Patriotism: Use with Caution - Patriotism: Use with Caution Patriotism has a different face for everyone. Some follow it blindly, some reject and oppose it, some stand indifferent, and others choose to follow it cautiously. Patriotism is also now a challenge for multi-cultural societies because the back bone of social unity can no longer be merely similarities in ethnicity, culture, or religion. In this essay, I shall state the risks of following patriotism blindly and the risks involved in rejecting patriotism completely....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument]
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Patriotism as Bad Faith - Patriotism as Bad Faith Simon Keller argues in his essay "Patriotism as Bad Faith" that patriotism is not a virtue but it is actually a vice. Keller begins by splitting the views on this philosophical debate into three different representations. The first being the "communitarian patriot", where patriotism is not only a valued virtue to someone's self but that it is actually an essential virtue. The second representation is a radical contradiction of the first, known as the "hard universalist....   [tags: Philosophy] 343 words
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Patriotism in Spiderman Movies - The portrayal of the feelings of the general public is constantly used in film to stir the audience. If the filmmaker can rouse their feelings, people will be more engrossed in the movie than they would be otherwise. What is arguably the strongest emotion in many people is the feeling of patriotism. As George Bernard Shaw said, “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.” Though this feeling is not necessarily based on logic, it is none-the-less one of the most powerful feelings along with hatred and love....   [tags: essays research papers] 952 words
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Robert Jensens Patriotism - Many people believe that they are patriotic people. But, what truly makes one patriotic. In “Saying Goodbye to Patriotism” Robert Jensen critiques the effects of patriotism on today’s modern society, the United States, and globalization after the attacks on 9/11. Jensen defines patriotism in his talk delivered to the Peace Action National Congress as “love and loyal or zealous support of one’s own country.” (Jensen 741) But, that is not the only definition of patriotism. One may love living in the United States so does that make them patriotic....   [tags: essays research papers] 1503 words
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Patriotism and Its Meaning - Patriotism and Its Meaning In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States we are seeing many forms of Patriotism. I was suprised to find when I researched this word that it had a negative feeling associated with it. I believe that patriotism is actively showing your support for your country, standing up for what you believe in, and fighting for our individual free will and independence. I am proud of my country and I am not ashamed to fly the American Flag. Many men and women have died to give me the freedoms that I take for granted....   [tags: Definition Patriot National Essays] 549 words
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The Problems with Bandwagon Patriotism - The Problems with Bandwagon Patriotism I’ll admit it, I’m American. I’m an American and I admit, I enjoy it very thoroughly. I enjoy having the right to a free education, choice in who rules over me (who rules, who cares. pun intended), and the right to walk around the streets at three a.m. because I can. But I do not consider myself patriotic, in any way, sense or fashion. The astounding number of Americans nowadays who consider themselves patriotic can overwhelm the small few who were there for America before 9/11....   [tags: Politics Political Essays] 1757 words
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From Patriotism to Realism. - From patriotism to realism. A review by Michiel IJsseldijk The Great War: endless bitterness, rivalry and struggling. Armies situated in muddy trenches. Trenches full of dead bodies and rats. Poison gas attacks. Soldiers and civilians exposed to extreme physical conditions. Millions of casualties and thousands of destroyed houses. The First World War seems to be the most emotional and useless war ever fought. It seems hard to imagine that before the war, lots of soldiers and civilians on both sides, supported the war....   [tags: World History] 713 words
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Patriotism and Fear in The Scarlet Letter - Patriotism and Fear in The Scarlet Letter Patrick Henry and Jonathan Edwards are both spectacular speakers and have the ability to influence a crowd. Henry uses his ability of persuasion to sway the Virginia House of Burgesses. Edwards uses persuasion to give a sermon directed toward sinners and natural men. Henry and Edwards have many parallels and variations in their works. One can distinguish the similarities and differences between Patrick Henry and Jonathan Edwards in the purpose, repetition, and rhetoric of their writings....   [tags: Papers] 759 words
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Propaganda, Patriotism, and the War on Terrorism - Propaganda, Patriotism, and the War on Terrorism On college campuses across the nation, efforts are being made to silence professors who encourage students to probe the history of U.S. foreign policy in the effort to understand the September 11th attacks. Recent articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education report that students have complained to deans about professors critical of U.S. foreign policy, and boards of trustees, deans, and college presidents have drafted resolutions and issued public statements condemning their views....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 973 words
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A Critique of Dantes Patriotism - Dante: A Patriot Through Inferno Patriotism is respect and devotion toward a state which brings about unity and justice. It is believed to be a positive quality. In the time of Dante, it would have been considered to be a principal quality of a person. Patriotism was held to the highest regard. In turn, the act of being “unpatriotic” was a serious offense. Early scholars such as Machiavelli believed “unpatriotic” acts or beliefs to be evil, even equivalent to the act of murder. Dante is often criticized as being “unpatriotic” toward his home town of Florence in his divine comedy Inferno....   [tags: essays research papers] 1441 words
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Patriotism, Glory, and Other Lies - Patriotism, Glory, and Other Lies Author: Billy Smith Many themes, in World War I literature, hinge on the distinction between the soldiers and the elite. Soldiers in World War I were, metaphorically, the swords with which elites of opposing countries would strike each other: the swords were continually bloodied while the hands of the elite remained immaculate. Since the soldiers were doing the grunt work for the elites, they were able to witness, first-hand, the atrociousness of war. This atrociousness was, however, in contrast to what the soldiers had been told about war; concepts such as glory were mysteriously absent from the trenches on the Western front....   [tags: World Literature] 1428 words
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Buick and Budweiser- Selling Success and Patriotism - Buick and Budweiser- Selling Success and Patriotism Television commercials go beyond merely informing consumers about products or services: these advertisements sell their abstract ideas that tend to be valued in American society, such as success and patriotism. Two examples are outstanding commercials produced by the car manufacturer General Motors for their Buick cars, and the brewery Anheuser-Bush for their beer, Budweiser. While David Barry, in his essay, “Red, White, and Beer,” humorously describes the connection between commercials and values, Rita Dove and Marie Winn, in “Loose Ends” and “Television Addiction” respectively, are about an addiction to television and how television creates unbelievable ideal of a reality....   [tags: Media Advertising Essays]
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Terrorism, Patriotism and the Farce of the Pledge of Allegiance - Terrorism, Patriotism and the Farce of the Pledge of Allegiance It is unfortunate that the terrorists did not attack and destroy the Pledge of Allegiance instead of the World Trade Center. But politicians and zealots have perverted "patriotism" to include a blind veneration of the United States based on an oversimplified conception that disregards current laws and social customs, a perversion evident in the idolatry performed regularly by most American citizens during the Pledge of Allegiance....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1177 words
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American Government Must Stand Against the Desecration of the American Flag - The United States Government should deem desecration of the American Flag unconstitutional because of the freedom in which the flag represents, along with the blood, sweat, and tears that were shed by our brave soldiers and veterans. Desecration of the American Flag suggests a disdain, or a disregard for the symbolic meaning under which it represents. The American Flag has forever and a day been an image declaring freedom and democracy, and has showcased our principles and beliefs as a country. Thinking back over the years, people are able to live a freedom filled life that may not have been if not for the many wars that were fought by our courageous soldiers, young and old....   [tags: Patriotism, Constitution, ] 637 words
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Star Dreck: Paranoia & Patriotism in Alien Invasion Films - Star Dreck: Paranoia & Patriotism in Alien Invasion Films My premise is really quite simple: aliens are among us.And they're bad.But they're not the aliens you think they are, and they're not bad for the reasons you might imagine.In order to understand who these aliens are and why they're bad I want to begin by reaching back into the dark heart of the McCarthy era, when American paranoia in its most popular incarnation as American patriotism was at its peak.The year is 1951 and the film is Howard Hawkes' The Thing: From Another World....   [tags: essays papers] 2311 words
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Patriotism: American Identity Defined Through Opportunity, Hard Work, and Loyalty - Scorching heat, pure exhaustion, and constant fear convey the bleak image of war. The definition of war is varied, and “often the proposed definition masks a particular political or philosophical stance” (Moseley). Colonel William Travington portrays his beliefs about the brutality of war through one simple sentence; “You know, it's an ugly business doing one's duty... but just occasionally it's a real pleasure” (“The Patriot”). Our country is home to a diversity of perspectives on what it means to be an American, and the loyalty that comes from this earned title....   [tags: american history] 1261 words
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Kids Must Do More Than Recite the Pledge of Allegiance - Children in the United States go through many years of school reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but does it encourage loyalty in their nation or fear of it. The years that I spent in school reciting the pledge did little to instill patriotism in me. I do not even remember the words to it. Having a more hands-on approach to community involvement would be a better way to teach children pride for their country. Encourage children to be concerned about their school, neighborhood, city and nation by letting them be a part of their community....   [tags: patriotic, patriotism, early education] 753 words
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The Pledge of Allegiance - ... “Many authors and policymakers have expressed concern about the decline in civil engagement or attention to public life in the U.S. population generally, and among young people in particular. A Subcommittee on Civic Education of the federal judiciary has noted that ‘a high level of civic disengagement, especially among the young, demands a re-commitment to education for active and effective citizenship’” (Bennett, 2004). Therefore, many state governments have embraced the mandating of the Pledge in order to accomplish such a recommitment....   [tags: American Politics, Patriotism] 1844 words
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Examples of Romantic Nationalism throughout World History - Romantic nationalism is the type of patriotism in which the state gains political authority as a natural outcome of the union of individuals it presides over. This includes, relating to the exacting method of use, the idiom, heritage, ethnicity, faith, and traditions of the state in its original logic, of individuals who spawned within the bounds of its civilization. Nationalism is a contemporary association, based upon the foundation that the personal allegiance and commitment to the nation-state exceeded any other intimate or group thoughts and welfare ("Romantic nationalism")....   [tags: world history, patriotism] 2300 words
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Being a Real American is Not About Where One is Born - The Constitution tells us that if you are born in America you are an American. Any immigrant naturalized in this country is an American. But what characteristics do you think make up a true, real American. Real Americans, by my definition, are not defined by their race, religion, whether they served their country or not, and not by which political party they belong to. They are defined by their great love, respect, and loyalty for this country’s greatest treasure, freedom and the ideals that set America apart from any other country....   [tags: American patriotism, Patriotic, Freedom] 514 words
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What the American Flag Means to Me - What is the American flag and what does it represent. For many Americans the flag represents freedom, pride, and justice. Our flag stands for freedom because of the many lives that had to be lost throughout history for us to be the nation we are today. The American flag stands for pride because of the many American soldiers men and women who lost their lives for us. Lastly, our flag stands for justice because in the United States no matter what crime we do we have the right to a fair trial. Another view of the American flag is the colors red, white, and blue....   [tags: Patriotism, 911, Symbolism] 319 words
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The American Flag - When you see the American flag, what is the first thing that pops into your head. Is it a war. A relative. A political leader. What. For me, I usually think of the Star Spangled Banner. I grew up on a military base in Germany. If the flag were being raised or lowered, you would see soldiers, and even civilians, standing at attention, saluting the flag. In a parade, as the flag was being carried in front by one of the brigades, everyone held his or her hand over his or her heart as the flag passed that person....   [tags: Patriotism America Flag] 1170 words
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Remove God from the Pledge of Allegiance - Remove God from the Pledge of Allegiance The original Pledge of Allegiance was meant as an expression of patriotism, not religious faith and made no mention of God. The pledge was written in 1892 by the socialist Francis Bellamy. He wrote it for the popular magazine Youth's Companion on the occasion of the nation's first celebration of Columbus Day. It’s wording omitted reference not only to God but also to the United States. “Under God” should be removed from the pledge for purposes of creating equality in different beliefs and allowing each American their right laid out in the constitution....   [tags: Patriotism Argumentative Persuasive]
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Nationalism - Nationalism I'm sure everyone remembers the Gulf War a few years ago. This war lasted for several months and drew everyone to the television and to newspapers to find out what was happening now to all the Americans over seas. Many people found their loved ones leaving. They were in the military and were called to defend their country. This is a sign of nationalism in itself, however, something that was closer to home for me was a tiny yellow ribbon. These yellow ribbons were seen everywhere. They were placed on tree trunks, on peoples front doors, pinned on to peoples clothing, and displayed on peoples cars....   [tags: Patriotism Pride Essays] 989 words
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The Meaning of Being American - The Meaning of Being American What does it mean to be an American. Can this statement ever really be defined since America is a melting pot of different races, religions, political views, social views and so on and so fourth. To be an American can mean virtually anything and whether or not somebody supports national symbols is just another part of being and American. As Americans we have the right to disagree with the government, the right to protest against something unjust, the right to burn a flag in disgrace because after all we have freedom of speech....   [tags: American Citizenship Patriotism Essays] 950 words
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World Trade Center Attack - World Trade Center Attack Reactions to the events of September 11, 2001 run the gamut of human emotion and cognition. There cannot be any doubt of the crime's horrendous nature. Disgust and revulsion might be the best way to describe the sense one feels at the calculated murder of innocent thousands. What more, this was not an attack by another sovereign state. It was an attack by an organization in the shadows. In its aim, no one is sure. What does a terrorist organization gain by committing such acts anyway....   [tags: 9/11 september 11 patriotism essays] 984 words
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American Patriots: Soldiers, Citizens, And Voters - The United States is presently at war in Iraq and Afghanistan where American troops are fighting and dying. At home, cars and homes display solid yellow or red, white, and blue ribbons that call for Americans to “Support Our Troops.” It is patriotic for Americans to support their daughters and sons fighting in a war, but this patriotism does not mean that Americans must blindly support the decision to go to war. Being patriotic means that Americans must do the opposite: they must question their government....   [tags: America Iraq Afghanistan War American Patriotism] 1180 words
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Respect and Freedom: Imperative Civic Values of an American Citizen - Imperative Civic Values of an American Citizen This essay is asking a very tough question. It wants to know what I believe is the most essential civic value of being an American. There are many civic values that are essential to being an American such as: Respecting our government, the sense of pride about being an American, Courage, Justice, Integrity, and Freedom. There are several values that stand out, these civic values include: Courage, Justice, Integrity, Respect and the one civic value that stands out the most is freedom....   [tags: patriotism, patriotic, american values] 888 words
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Teachers' Understanding of the Pledge of Allegiance - Teachers' Understanding of the Pledge of Allegiance Introduction Current social context demands that we see people either as flag-waving patriots or traitorous war protesters. American social institutions have supported this dichotomy by fostering a haven from the complexity of the world situation since 9/11: come in, they seem to say, and say a prayer for our country, sing the national anthem, recite the Pledge. These institutions know that familiar words act as aural blankets. We wrap ourselves with vocabulary and cadences that soothe our souls, repeating words without thought....   [tags: Patriotism Pledge of Allegiance Essays]
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Dulce et Decorum Est - Dulce et Decorum Est In Wilfred Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” the speaker’s argument against whether there is true honor in dieing for ones country in World War I contradicts the old Latin saying, Dulce et Decorum Est, which translated means, “it is sweet and honorable to die for the fatherland”; which is exemplified through Owen’s use of title, diction, metaphor and simile, imagery, and structure throughout the entirety of the poem. The first device used by Owen in the poem is without a doubt the title, in which he uses to establish the opposing side of the argument in the poem....   [tags: Wilfred Owen Patriotism Essays] 1612 words
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What it means to be an American - What does it mean to be an American. The soil of the middle-east stained with the blood of our American soldiers just so we can not take advantage of our right to vote. Though sometimes questionable, America's overall image portrayed to other countries is an honorable one. America is known for its democracy and as well as being a land of opportunities and many freedoms. America's assortment of ethnicities and cultures is proof that our country is a desirable one. Wars are being fought at this very moment to defend these freedoms....   [tags: Patriotism United States America] 538 words
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Dream America - America is viewed by its residences in many different perspectives it can be a nightmare to be able to survive in this country, or in an instant you can become a greater power house to our country. In America many people gain power and respect by the money they have and the connections they have made, in this perspective you can live wealthy and happy until the day you die. America's basis is on freedom and is a wonderful place to be whether your in the north or south, but America is the same as a whole and each individual part of America is different....   [tags: Patriotism USA Patriotic] 1184 words
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The Great Concept Of American Freedom - The Great Concept of American Freedom Early America was a place for anyone to live their life the way that they wanted, as it is now, but back then this was a new concept. Much of this idea comes from the freedoms obtained by living here. Many other countries in the world had many freedoms, but not as numerous as they were in America shortly after the country was founded. Americans during the late 1700's and early 1800's embraced their freedoms and became leaders and expanders, and what we now consider the founders of many present-day cities and towns....   [tags: Us Patriotism America Liberty] 1409 words
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America - When one mentions America, many different thoughts and ideas come into mind. Democracy and the idea of freedom is a main focal point in my view of America. It plays such a large role in not only my life but the lives of every other American. Natural born rights and the freedom to live in the "pursuit of happiness" is another topic which stands out from the rest. There are so many different options of friends, employment, and culture presented to every American. Most of all, however, I tend to first think of religion and the different organizations connected to each religion....   [tags: United States Patriotism Freedoms] 1741 words
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