Americanism. According to the dictionary it means “a characteristic
feature of English as used in the United States.” To me it means a lot more
than that. It means three main things to me- freedom, all of our needs are
met, and responsibility.
When I hear the word freedom, I think about freedom of speech and
the freedom of choice. In America, we have the freedom of speech. We can
say what we want to say anytime we want to say it. The power of speech is
often abused. People in America often do not realize how lucky they are to
have the freedom of speech.
Another thing that I think Americanism means is freedom of choice.
From the time children are born and until they go off on their own, the parent
or guardian tries to choose what is best for the child. Children choose their
own destiny while they are in school. The freedom of choice is probably the
most often abused freedom that we have in this great country. The freedom
of choice is what truly makes America “The Land of Opportunity.”
In America, most all of the people’s needs are met. If you do not have
enough money to feed your family you can apply for welfare. Also if you do
work, but do not earn enough to afford a place to live , you can apply for
HUD. America provides for its citizens through these organizations. Our
government tries to meet all the needs of its citizens, but it is truly up to the
parent (s), guardians, or ourselves to provide all that we need. This is how all
of our needs are met in the United States.
As Americans, we all have responsibilities to our country and
community. Three major responsibilities that we have are to vote, serve our
community or country in any way possible, and to pay taxes.
From an adult’s perspective, we all have a duty to vote, no matter what
it is for. We all should exercise are privilege t...