Essay On Being An American

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The meaning of “America” or “Amerrique” in the Mayan language is “Land of the wind” or “Lands of strong winds”. In other words lands of natural power. So what does this mean to you, and what does being an american mean? Well people say it is just being a citizen of the united states. To me that not all of what it means. Being an American is so much more than the quick Google definition . When you’re an American you value your rights and freedoms that we are given. It does not matter what color or creed the person is, it is about how he or she feels about America, "the melting pot of cultures." Showing how you feel about America can be exhibited in many ways, but if you are forced to express it, this means that you do not care. Many people have…show more content…
Everybody has the right to stand for his believes, and accept any religion he prefers. One can have a gun, if he has a permission, has right to vote (after he is over 18). So freedom can really help to define the notion “American”, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are the two documents that if in effect, can designate freedom for the Americans as a key point. We could say, that being an American means freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of choice, having free market and democracy; have a goal, a dream, there’s even such a idiom “American Dream”. If one is American he is allowed to be diverse and have no fear of persecution for that. How one could be identified that he is not an American, if he has freedom to be what he wants. “ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..” (
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