Written in the first half of the 20th century, “Let America Be America” is a poem that documents and responds to the oppressed state of the United States, in both the past and present. The poem is a plea for a return to the original principles of freedom that our country has seemingly forgotten. Additionally, the speaker sees America as the broken home to oppressed people who have lost sight of the ultimate goal of freedom and happiness. Although America is often perceived as the “land of the free,” Langston Hughes’s poem contradicts this ideology by not only painting a vivid picture of oppression in America but also by providing a desperate hope for the future.
By adjusting to the new reality of our ignorance, competition, and worldly participation I believe America would put itself in a good place to deal with the “rise of the rest”. I think Zakaria points out true issues America has faced and is yet to face. It’s all about the present, as much as we are driving toward the future, it's really important to deal what we have at hand. Although we may be slowing in our advancements America is still in a very good position as a country and has come a long way. Zakaria
What makes the book, Post American World, by Fareed Zakaria so interesting is the fact that many of the points made about the decline of America and what needs to be changed is the direct commotion of the current political campaigns. As a young growing male developing my understanding of how the country and countries work and interact the idea of the Post American World, allowed me to understand why the election this year is so different compared to the past. Although I was not as present in the past election, the commotion that has been caused to this year has brought more attention to me and the world than it has before. Within the book the idea that the U.S. has been doing so well and has created the best of the best things, times have started
In Langston Hughes poem “Let America be America Again” he talks about how America should return to the way that it was perceived to be in the dreams before America was truly America. Throughout the poem he uses various methods to evoke the patriotic images and dreams that he feels America should and will eventually be. Hughes states that America is supposed to be a place of equality for everyone including both white and colored people. During this period in time though there was not equality for everyone. Hughes talks about an America where both whites and colored people will have equality in all aspects socially, politically, and economically. What Hughes is saying is that both whites and colored
Throughout this essay, I will be discussing what I believe to be the four most important problems facing the United States of America today. I will present these problems in order for most important, to least important. I will talk about how these problems came to be and discuss what my research stated. I will then give my reasoning for selecting each problem and discuss my ideas for correcting these problems.
What is America greatest obstacle? I think it is paying off the national debt because over the year it usually gets worse. As of right now, America’s debt is about sixteen trillion dollars and the national debt increases by about thirty-five million dollars an hour. This debt has come from money that the United States government borrows to pay its bills. The money they have borrowed comes from other countries like China, Japan, and other places. There are several rumors that the national debt will go up to 26.3 trillion dollars because of federal health care programs. Federal health spending is currently equal to five point six percent of the economy. As the population grows older, spending on Medicare and Social Security will increase due
A viewer of the documentary Right America: Feeling Wronged would conclude the main points of the American Right’s platform to be ludicrous based on the portrayal in the documentary. Many of the Right Americans wanted tax cuts to the wealthy. They believed the wealthy would use that extra money to employ more people and therefore spread the wealth. The Right Americans also argued against abortion and homosexuality. They believed no matter what, abortion was the wrong option and believed the Bible clearly said homosexuality was erroneous. One last thing that really united the Right Americans in the film was their hatred of Barack Obama. Many argued that Barack Obama was a socialist and that he was similar to Hitler and physically was Osama Bin Laden.
I believe the most pressing issue plaguing the country is the definition of American values and standing with traditions that should have died long ago. Neo-nazis walking the streets and spewing hate speech should not be a left or right issue, and yet, people continue to argue. That should be the textbook definition of anti-American. Political figures can sweep all they want under the rug and get away with it because the next day there will be an argument to take it’s place. Those in power are not being punished for lying or crimes and the impoverished are being unjustly tried. One example would be Joe Arpaio who was recently pardoned by the president. He committed many crimes even though he was supposed to be enforcing them ,and he is glorified
Throughout the comparatively recent history of the United States, there have been many obstacles that the relatively young nation has had to overcome. Even before the nation had
In the poem “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes he used different literary devices to contrasts his hopes for America with the reality of life for the comparingly less dominant social groups.
Zakaria started his speech on how the American people are exhibiting “fear and anxiety” for the world. The reason why the people are feeling this way is because they are grasping what the current situation of the world is. This feeling of discomfort is coming from the idea that the world system isn’t as vibrant as it used
Many of Americans today do not take the time to realize that our nation is little by little falling apart. Our leaders are corrupt, our environment is being destroyed, and there are thousands of children being born each day. The three major social problems facing the American citizens in the 21st century are births to unmarried woman, being able to trust or government and or leaders, and lastly destroying the environment.
There are many concerns because of constant warnings of civil conflict, terrorism, organized crime, and war around the world. The biggest threat or controversial topic to the President and people in Congress in American seem to be immigration and illegal immigration. This issue has been a problem since the 1800’s. For an example, in 1882 when Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, it that provided a 10-year moratorium on Chinese labor immigration based on that it jeopardize the good order of certain localities. Similar conflicts have constantly been occurring in 2017 and in 2018 . However to analyze today's society and the problem of immigration, you have to look back on how America started . The Europeans from Great Britain we're not
The two words from the guiding principles of life that best describe America are Contemplation and Adaptability. Contemplation: “The action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time” Adaptability: “The quality of being able to adjust to new conditions”. America, starting first as a colony and then a country, has seen its fair share of turmoil and conflict. And yet, it stands today as one of the most powerful countries in the world. The reason for this is because of its adaptability, and its ability to work well and as a whole under stress, and its thorough look at its issues, or contemplation if you will.