What Does America Represent?

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What does America represent? Most Americans would say that the United States represents freedom and liberty. According to the first amendment written in the constitution, all citizens have the freedom of religion, speech, and assembly. Others might respond that America represents opportunity. Many come to America for a new start and a new way of life and have the mindset that everything is possible with hard work and determination. You might even hear people say that America represents justice. You may laugh, but this was another founding principle. The United States should stand against any and all who are constricting the rights of any man. The point is that there are many answers to what America represents, but the one answer that you most likely won’t hear is that America represents torture. Although, in 2008 this was a prominent opinion of a good majority of America. The political cartoon “Government Regulation,” by Pat Bagley calls to attention not only the issue of torture in America, but it also shows the reactions and opinions of people at the time. In order to best analyze Bagley’s message, it is necessary to have a further understanding of the events that preceded this cartoon. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, the United States of America was tragically attacked by members of al- Qaeda. Nineteen radicals associated with the Islamic extremist group hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against planned targets in the United States. Of the
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