This, I Believe

Thomas - White Lake, Michigan
Entered on June 7, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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In a world of conflict, competition, and human struggle, in a world of disagreement, and diversity, I believe in the United States of America. There are many times throughout history when the ideas of the natural rights of man have been abused, tarnished, and abolished, but the United States as a country has fought tirelessly for the crying hope of freedom for humanity.

The United States is bashed, put down, and ridiculed for it’s “ostentatious living,” it’s bigger is better attitude, and it’s involvement in many global affairs, but the United States is still the land of opportunity, a place of refuge for the weary immigrants of the world, and a place where any one, and I mean any one, can live the American dream.

The potential for the individual to succeed in the United States is not a coincidence to the United States position as a world super power. With free people, a nose to challenge crimes against humanity, and a sense of national pride, numbers cannot even begin to explain the pride I have for my country. China could surpass the United States as an economic power-house, but there is not a set of data that can account for freedom.

With affairs in the Middle East, appearances in Asia, and consistent involvement in the two World Wars, the United States has been labeled as war- hungry and cocky, pushing its way into “other countries’ business.” I feel as if the United States’ involvement in the rest of the world is under appreciated and attacked in an extremely infantile manner. The fathers, soldiers, and patriots of the United States have not only risked their lives for the freedom of our citizens, but they have fought passionately and whole heartedly for the freedom and rights of people across the world. What would Europe be like today without The United States help in World War One and World War Two? How many more innocent people would have been murdered and massacred by Saddam Hussein or the Vietcong?

Many people think the world hates the United States, or that the country is headed down a terrible path. Why would we have an astronomical number of immigrants still flowing through the borders of this country if there was not a benefit to the freedoms our people are granted? I believe that The United States grants every one the ability to pursue happiness, stands close to the ideals of a free country, and does not try to harm but tries to affect the world in ways that allow the individual to be expressed under a unified and secure state. We wake up every day of our lives, blessed, capable, and without fear of the government ruining, controlling, or taking away the lives of the people around us.

The United States are not perfect, but I stand by the decisions of my country’s leaders, and I am proud to be an American citizen. There is no better place in the world then the United States of America, the land of free and the home of the brave. I believe in the integrity of my country.