Final Exam

opinionated Essay
1163 words
1163 words

The three concepts I know will dominate the political arena in this country for the next few decades are terrorism, nationalism, and citizenship. Two of the three are discussed regularly on Capitol Hill, talk radio, and political television shows. Terrorism has been and will continue to be a hot topic for not only Americans but the international community as well. Citizenship is in the spotlight now as the idea of Immigration reform is debated in the U.S. Congress. The third and perhaps most important topic is also the least talked about, the idea of nationalism. These three topics will dominate political life well beyond my graduation years and perhaps into the graduation years of my grandchildren. One of my earliest political memories was the Iran hostage crisis from 1979-1981. Since that time there have been plane multiple hijackings, the bombing of a Marine Barracks in Beirut, Embassy bombings, suicide bombers, the first attack on the World Trade Centers, the Oklahoma City Bombing, The Atlanta Olympic Park Bombing, Chechen rebels taking over a Movie theatre, untold school shootings, and of course the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. The threat of terrorism is everywhere. From Ireland to Jerusalem, Baghdad, Russia, Japan, and the United States, acts of terrorism are seen as means to gain political power. As long as a determined minority believe they have no voice or their people face oppresion terrorism will be employed. How to handle terrorism is a problem almost every nation in the world is dealing with. As discussed on page 248 of the class text, since the end of World War II terrorism has been used more and more as an act of war. Nations are struggling to combat it because the actors are usually not state militaries bu... ... middle of paper ... ...ed to leave? This is the danger of not encouraging nationalism. Just because it happened somewhere else does not mean it cannot happen here. It the United States does not make an effort to “Americanize” all of its citizens either though a common language or a common set of core values the nation will eventually tear itself apart. By maintaining differences we maintain separation. That fosters mistrust and hate which can lead to violence and perhaps terrorism. This is the single biggest issue facing America today. As more and more people migrate here in search of the promise of America staying united will be our biggest challenge. We need to respect diversity but expect assimilation. Promoting nationalism is how we ensure our survival. America can remain the world’s greatest hope for freedom or it can become just another history lesson on why democracy failed again.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that terrorism, nationalism, and citizenship will dominate the political arena in the next few decades. terrorism is a hot topic for americans and the international community.
  • Opines that the threat of terrorism is everywhere, from ireland to jerusalem, baghdad, russia, japan, and the united states.
  • Opines that terrorism is a problem almost every nation in the world is dealing with. since the end of world war ii, it has been used more and more as an act of war.
  • Explains that the u.s. congress is currently debating the idea of immigration reform. the most controversial part of the plan is the so-called "amnesty" clause.
  • Opines that the question of who deserves the right of citizenship is interesting in the united states because the first europeans who came here did not seek the permission from the native population.
  • Opines that the greatness of america lies in its diversity. it is built on the promise that no matter where you come from, what your name is, whatever race or religion you are, each person has the right to pursue the life he or she chooses.
  • Opines that america is not augusta national where private members can decide who they want to accept. it is a beacon of light for those drifting in rough waters.
  • States that they are a strong nationalist who believes passionately in the promise of america and is proud of history.
  • Opines that diversity in the united states is what makes this nation special, but that a movement towards respecting people's diversity encourages those of diverse backgrounds to forsake american culture in order to keep their native one.
  • Opines that by moving to germany, they have a responsibility to adapt to their culture and not expect them to change their ways for them.
  • Opines that the actions of russia in the ukraine are a foreshadowing of what could happen here.
  • Opines that the danger of not encouraging nationalism is that people of mexican descent in texas wanted to become a part of mexico again.
  • Opines that if the united states does not make an effort to "americanize" all of its citizens, it will eventually tear itself apart.
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