Being a Real American is Not About Where One is Born Essay

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The Constitution tells us that if you are born in America you are an American. Any immigrant naturalized in this country is an American. But what characteristics do you think make up a true, real American? Real Americans, by my definition, are not defined by their race, religion, whether they served their country or not, and not by which political party they belong to. They are defined by their great love, respect, and loyalty for this country’s greatest treasure, freedom and the ideals that set America apart from any other country. The most fundamental of our freedoms is the freedom of speech. Every American is able to exercise his freedom of speech or lack there of, if he is pleading the fifth. But it is the real American that …show more content…
Still, how many times do we hear Americans say “get out of my country” to some one because of how they look or talk? I worked with an Arab-American man that came to America, became a citizen, started a family, and opened a business. He wanted the American dream in the land of opportunity and worked very hard to achieve it. He, like many others, believed America was rich with opportunity and everyone got a fair shake, equal, right? To those who called him a foreigner, I say he is more of an American than them, an American that truly loves this country and all she stands for, a real American.

As Americans, we must get involved in our government. This means, exercise you right to vote and voice your opinion when you don’t agree. Being a real American does not require one to agree with everything the government does, but actually promotes analytical questioning. If you sit passively by and do not participate, you are just saying that you do not care. Being a “real “American means more than just being born in here, more than celebrating once a year and waving flags, it means you believe in the ideals that shape America. It means that you respect the freedoms provided to you and the laws that keep them in place. Remember that America is a unique and wondrous place to live. America opens the door to those who knock for an opportunity of freedom, a freedom difficult to find in most
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