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What does being an American mean to you?

This was the title of an essay and I though it would be a good question to ask here...


Asked by IhartU at 3:44 PM on Sep. 5, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • WOW @#2^^

    To me being an American is about pride & shame and having the freedom & opportunity to learn from them both and do better for our future.

    Pride: in what our forefathers (&mother's) accomplished in coming here in the first place; in their struggle for survival; for freedom; for Liberty and the right, no the responsibility, to be the captain's of their own destiny and to hand that mantle down thru the generations to us to continue to protect and carry forward.

    Shame: in the atrocities we committed in Conquering this land; for the genocide; for the tricks & lies; for those amongst our past who felt it was their god-given right to own another human or to decide when a "lesser" human lived or died or suffered or prospered.

    Being an American also means having the responsibility to take an active role in what happens around you; locally, state, or federally. Men & Women died so you could have a voice - USE IT!

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 4:21 PM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • For me,it means living in the greatest country on Earth. Being able to worship,or not worship as we please,without fear of repercussion or death. It means we,as women can voice our opinions, vote as we please, hold office,and do what we can to help make the world a better place for ourselves, our children,and the people we will never meet. It means that anyone, regardless of race, creed, religion or national origin can become President, and make history in the process. It means when a terrible tragedy strikes, we pull together,as only Americans can and do. Going the distance to help someone who will probably never get the chance to say "thank you", and not caring whether we hear that or not. It means we are free to love, care about,and spend our lives with the person of our choice,not who we have been "pledged" to, and we are free to make a living in the way we want,and to pursue education to better ourselves.

    Answer by stvmen88 at 3:51 PM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • Being born in the United States.

    That's about it!

    Answer by caitxrawks at 3:53 PM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • Being free to travel for baseball, ice cream, lemon aid, hot dogs, and a good ole NASCAR race. Being free to......whatever you want. The key is we are free to do those things. After 9-11 there was a man interviewed. He was from China. American flags were everywhere. He said he was confused by this and wanted to know if the government required the flying of flags? They were told when to fly their flags. He didn't understand the freedom to spontaneously fly a flag when we want. We can put it on our cars, use the colors for a shirt, paint it on the road for all to see. WE are free - for at least a little while longer.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 11:43 PM on Sep. 5, 2009