As I stand at this podium, I am reminded of all my predecessors that have made this position a reality for someone like myself. I owe much gratitude to our country’s founding fathers. They built the constitution this country now sits on. I feel personally obliged to thank the influential figures that have helped to gradually transform “all men are created equally” to actually include men and women of all shapes, sizes and forms. Like President Obama, I am “mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors” (Obama, 1). I promise my presidency will make them nothing less than proud. President X, thank you for your “service to our nation” (Obama,1). And lastly a thank you is needed for my comrades, the American citizen. I accept the challenge that you have so graciously given me. Being the XX citizen to take this Presidential Oath it is impossible not to see how far this country and it’s people have progressed since 1789. Despite our growth, we still have much more to make, our journey is far from over. I promise to not stunt our country’s growth, but give it the tools necessary to grow. We must learn to truly love our country. We have to learn to love all of it’s people, all of it’s land and accept and forgive it’s history. In these next four years I plan to usher in an era of equality. When our future generations read about these four years in their textbooks, I want them to read that we finally figured it out. That we finally saw one another as equals, That finally,
The American people strive to make themselves the best version of a model citizen they can be. Each person in America has an abundance of patriotism that keeps them from slacking from the progress they have made in becoming honest, diligent, innovative people. All Americans work toward those characteristics because they are what makes a person an ideal American citizen. Honesty is one of the key qualities to being a good citizen. When a person is honest they are easy to trust and can be counted on in times of need. An honest person is desired in every community because they are simply good people. An American should also be diligent. In today’s society without trying hard to accomplish what a person desires to do, it is nearly impossible.
What does it mean to be American? It can be a "loaded" question this day and age, and the answer will vary depending on whom you ask. I am willing to bet that it would be hard to get a consensus even in a small group like our class. I suspect that's because the answer is shaped by many possible variables.
As Americans citizen we enjoy our rights and freedoms as a society. We enjoy our freedom of speech and our right to choose where to live. With all those freedoms also these rights comes with a legal obligation to uphold and to follow the law of our country. Also there are many American citizens moral obligated to exercise their rights but many times of the case Americans citizens are not forces to legally oblige to follow the law. A good example an American citizen has the right to bear arms but also an American citizen also has the right not to own a weapon. It is really important as an American citizen that we understand the pros and cons of voting.
Defining what really is to be an American does not sound as easy as it seem. It will always be complex process. As immigration continues to fuel the growth of the population of our nation, racial and ethnic gap increase and evolve along with it. Racial and ethnic identities become more and more convoluted and difficult to understand. Race and ethnicity continue to intermingle and push a cultural shift in the US– a shift that plays a significant role in redefining America in a day-to-day basis.
Will you join in that historic effort?” He calls out directly to the citizens, using the words “my fellow Americans” which gives the effect that he is no different than the common man, but merely an important “figure” in a suit behind a podium. He energizes the crowd, raises their morale, ignites them with confidence, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for your country.” He summons us all to take part and action into changing the nation as a whole, step by step, slowly but surely. And finally, he restates it, but this time, referring to the world, “My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of
Imagine needing to move to a new country because of violence, limited job opportunities, or an oppressive government. Now imagine finding out it may take up to 20 years to get out of that dangerous environment. This is the reality millions of immigrants trying to come to America face every day. In order to become a US citizen, one must first possess a Green Card for at least 5 years, be at least 18 years of age at the time of filing for citizenship, be able to read, write, and speak basic English, submit an N-400 form, take the US Naturalization Test, and have a personal interview to determine if said immigrant is a person of good moral character. This process takes at least 5 years, and that’s if said immigrant does not run into any troubles with filing. Because of this lengthy process, millions of immigrants, many with
What does being an American mean to me? Being American to me, means that you have the right to freedom of speech because some brave American soldiers risked or are now still risking their lives, maybe still in the future we will have more people stepping their game up, then they will be one of the brave Soldiers fighting for our country. Being American means to me? Being able to talk about whatever we wanna talk about, knowing that whatever we say, we know that it is a safe place, and that we won’t get shot and prosecuted if reasonable. Being American is probably one of the best things that can happen to you as a person, there are some people out there trying to make this world a living hell for us.
Today the Society is split into three separately minded groups. In no specific ordering, the first is determined to believe that any one person born in the United States is a citizen and which means their parents should become citizens along with them. These are the ones whom obtain “birthright citizenship” (Raul). The second are firm believers in the only ones that should be citizens are the ones who go through the proper process of becoming a citizen and according to the article in “USA today,” it states that illegal immigrants are “having babies as a way to obtain citizenship,” which too many Americans “cheapens the whole idea of being American”. The last group is the “other” the ones whom are completely neutral or believe in the
I pledge to be grateful. I did not earn my “blessings of liberty”. I inherited them from the deeds, actions and commitments of those who came before me. Especially, the brave American veterans, who for 240 years have been willing to lay down their lives to defend our country. As a “Guardian of Freedom” I will always honor and remember those who sacrificed and those who continue to wear the uniform today.
I should like to start this address with congratulating President Donald Trump (who is out steamrolling the media and liberals everywhere in his haste for effective and efficient government) with his UPSET victory in this past election. We were told we couldn’t pull this off, that we were the minority, that our principles were those of
The United States is a nation full of millions of different types of people. However, each of those people has one major thing in common; they are all Americans. Many people wonder what it takes to be a true American, but the answer is something not so difficult to determine. Essentially, being an American means to show patriotism and pride of the country, to be very fortunate compared to other countries, and unfortunately, to show a lack of appreciation for all the great things America provides.
The United States of America has seen great change throughout its history. While a considerable amount of time has matured the nation, the core spirit of the American people remains unaffected. In spite of all the wars fought and problems that arose, the
Barrack Obama’s inauguration speech successfully accomplished his goal by using rhetoric to ensure our nation that we will be under safe hands. The speech is similar from ideas obtained from the founding documents and Martin Luther King’s speech to establish ‘our’ goal to get together and take some action on the problems our country is now facing. As President Barrack Obama starts his speech, he keeps himself from using ‘me’, ‘myself’, and ‘I’ and replacing it with ‘we’, ‘us’, and ‘together’ to achieve ethos. He makes sure his audience connects with him directly by making them feel at his level, and him at theirs. This way he connects to the audience, and in exchange, helps his
“Our communities will go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who must hide in the shadows. Very soon many of these men and women will be able to step into the sunlight and, ultimately, if they chose, become Americans.” (Masci) Ronald Reagan claimed this speaking about the illegal immigrants in America. Under his administration illegal immigrants would at last become citizens, instead of having to hide, and will be able to pursue their dreams. There are an estimated six million illegal immigrants residing in the US. (Masci) Illegal immigration may result in a loss of American healthcare and decrease in wages therefore these immigrants must be allowed to obtain the proper paperwork necessary to become productive members of
When I think of America I think of freedom and citizenship. The right to vote or the right of free speech are aspects that, as citizens, we posses. Being born in America automatically gives you these rights and many more, and most importantly, you become a citizen. Now, with citizenship comes responsibility such as obeying the law and paying taxes. So if you follow these simple rules does this make you an effective citizen? This question, in my opinion, is almost impossible to answer for a number of reasons, which will be addressed in the following paper. It was extremely hard to come up with a clear cut answer as to what an effective citizen entails. I grappled with this term through many drafts and in the end came up with many