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  • Writer's pictureKatie Gooding

Even In Biden's America, I Am Still Proud To Be An American

America, despite its flaws and past failures, is still the greatest nation and a beacon of hope to all other nations. Only in America are you granted the rights that we are so freely able to experience. As of June 24th, the United States additionally allowed for millions of future babies of the next generations the rights from the moment of conception. However, regardless of the division within the United States at the moment, America has overcome horrendous issues of our past which allowed us to continue to pursue an idea of exceptionalism.

America’s Foundation

America‘s foundation is so unique. The American founders emphasized the necessity of moral order within the United States through upholding “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” A balance of freedom, faith, and virtue ultimately were the basis to keep America as a republic. This foundation of a Constitutional Republic with principles of federalism, limited government, and checks and balances allowed for a nation without a risk of tyranny, as long as the people upheld moral order. America’s foundation, while having its flaws, shows that one has allowed America to become a beacon of hope to the entire world.

"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."- Thomas Jefferson

America’s Constitution

America’s Constitution was so unique to the entirety of the world. Influenced by Greek, Roman, British, and Jewish history, the Constitution established a strong balance between preventing tyranny and preventing anarchy. This Constitution emphasizes the protection of one's rights while also allowing for amendments that further protected one's rights. The Constitution places limits on the government’s control and allows for one’s individual liberties to be protected especially through the Constitution’s Ninth and Tenth Amendment. Our rights to bear arms, protect one’s religious liberties, free speech, freedom to assembly, and various other freedoms are so unique to America as a great nation. We are called to keep this republic as a moral and religious people as our Constitution intended.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” - John Adams

America's Opportunities

Millions upon millions left their home to come to this great nation. An estimated 158 million, if not more, people from around the world desire to move to the United States to achieve the “American dream.” Each year, nearly 700,000 people become American citizens as they left their home country to come to America after fleeing violence, fleeing persecution, seeking asylum, or to start a life. America’s opportunities in the entertainment, athletics, production, or just to have their values upheld. America is the one of the most diverse nations as the country has become an epicenter for immigrants to seek a new life and new opportunities.

“America is the land of opportunity. We need to be vigilant in ensuring that each and every American has the opportunity to acquire the skills to compete and to see those skills rewarded in the marketplace.” - Henry Paulson

America's Freedom For All

America is a nation of rights and freedoms for all, regardless of your gender, religion, sexuality, race, or nationality. In America, you are equal under the law. America’s freedoms surpass any other nations as our freedoms are ingrained into the foundation of America. Our men and women fought for our rights. However, one of the most important things is that our nation has gone to fight for freedoms of all. We stood up and fought against the communists, leading to the end of the Berlin Wall. We stood up and ended the injustice of slavery in our nation’s history that we inherited. We stood up and fought against the Nazis, defeating their wickedness. America is great because America is good.

“Let the Fourth of July Always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people. With no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.” - Ronald Reagan

I'm proud to be an American, even in a moment as divided as this. I'm proud to say that I live in a nation that fought against communist and Nazi regimes. I'm proud to say that I am from the nation that has improved billions of lives through the hearing aid, lightbulb, airplanes, and telephone. Regardless who is running America, be thankful you live in the greatest nation and continue to pursue greatness in how you contribute to America's success.

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