What it Means to be an American To be an American means more than just living in the country for a set amount of years. It means more than being granted citizenship, and more than just waving a Boy Scout American flag in your yard on Memorial Day. To be an American is to be free, and that is what we as Americans sometimes take for granted and forget. Being an American isn 't just living in the "greatest country in the world", there are plenty of other countries that say the same exact things. There are far less countries in this world, though, that are free, and have the American mindset.
America's constitution is one of the most liberal in the world. It guarantees the right to seek opportunity by granting the American people the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is also one of the most important safeguards of freedom and measures against tyranny. The first amendment does several things: it prohibits any laws restricting the free exercise of religion, it prohibits censorship and the abridging of free speech, it disallows the interference with a free press, and it forbids the government from preventing its people from petitioning or assembling peaceably. With these rights, American citizens are free to give voice to their beliefs and exchange ideas, no matter how seditious they may seem; they are allowed to organize in protest of their government, without fear of being fined or thrown in jail; and they are allowed to participate in a free press and report information without fear of censorship. In addition, as a country founded on democratic values, Americans are guaranteed the right to elect their own representative who will stand for them in government. If they are dissatisfied with the way their elected politicians have been behaving, they may order a recall election. Americans have even used their power of impeachment to remove a president from office, showing that
After the American Revolution, America had earned it’s freedom from Britain. In order to govern this new country the Articles of Confederation was created. This document was flawed by the colonists fear of putting too much power into a central government. Knowing the document needed to be fixed a constitutional convention was called. The document created at this convention has been our constitution ever since. But even the Constitution was meet with criticism. One major concern when writing the constitution was how to protect the citizens rights. The Constitution did this through the preamble, the legislative process, the limit of presidential terms, the judicial branch, and the bill of rights.
The United States Constitution is the most important document in history and to our nation. It was signed on the seventeenth day of September in the year of seventeen eighty-seven. It is a governing principle our nation, the foundation of the United States, and it provides structure for the nation and sets limitations on the ruling government as far as the dos’ and donts of their powers. In addition to these many functions, it also informs citizens of their rights. When this document was proposed and later ratified in 1791, the writers of this document named the first ten amendments the “Bill of Rights”. These amendments were called the Bill of Rights due to the belief that these rights were inherited by birth or acquired by being a U.S. citizen.
The system of established individual rights is most commonly thought of in the form of the Bill of Rights, which accompanies and amends the Constitution to defend certain explicit rights of the people the document neglected to specify. As many of the elite men of the time had done, the Founding Fathers were students of the Enlightenment and the period of personal liberties that had grown out of these idealists. The inherent rights of man brought about by men like Locke were that of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. The Federalists addressed these items in paper number 84 which is one of the clearest indicators of the beliefs in the new multi-layered system could be a free one. As believers in that ethos of government, the Federalists fought against the Bill of Rights in what they saw as something that could be used to limit rights rather than granting them more freedoms. As Hamilton points out that the Citizens of the country “do ordain and establish this Constitution” as a “recognition of popular rights” (Hamilton 5...
...ines and protects our rights and freedoms as citizens and provides the framework for how our Government is ran. By recognizing how impossible it would be for one government to be able to govern and protect all of the people of a large nation, the Constitution deals with the principles of individual liberty and limited government. The Constitution protects the rights of all citizens, regardless of religion and ethnic group, and makes it possible for people of all different backgrounds to live peacefully in the same nation.
From the time that the Constitution was created with the American founders until the industrialization era of the country with the progressives; the Constitution has been of great importance. This document provides for us basic personal liberties and the institutions in which these liberties are protected. Over a span of nearly 150 years the Constitution has played an important part in the changes made within America, but also in ensuring that even as change occurs through time personal liberties will always be protected.
When the American founding fathers etched the first words into the Constitution, they formulated the timeless document around three basic principles: logos, ethos, and pathos. Essentially, the Framers envisioned a society and country where free speech allows people to utilize these core fundamental principles as a symbol of American freedom following secession from the British. In fact, these core principles were first operated in a political scheme by the Athenians and Romans. But over many centuries, these principles finally gained recognition in a revolutionary setting when they were first employed by social theorists such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Voltaire. Following the Humanist Revolution, these same principles
Is the United States really a diverse, equal country? Perhaps this country is so compared to other nations of the world. However, there is no doubt that this nation still perceives other people with race or ethnicity, and many other supposedly immoral factors as well. In order to act the way we believe we should view others, there is a need to stop teaching people about differences in races and the color of skin, to encourage intermarriage and diffusion in social groups, and to prevent any organization, even the government, from surveying one’s race.
Liberty is the value that the founding fathers wanted more than anything and is the only one of the core values that is mentioned in all three of the founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Liberty has been defined as freedom from government control and the founding fathers wanted a free nation. Liberty is the fundamental principle that individuals should be free to think, speak and act as they wish, so long as their choices do no limit or restrict the freedom of others.