Americanism Essay

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Kadir page #2Abraham KadirSaulyerAP English 39/12/14What it Means to be an American"It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen" (Aristotle). Patriotism drives a modern civilization; without pride in your state, there is nothing left within the society. An American should have nothing but pride in their state, everything that is done is set to a certain standard: "How does this benefit my society?" Every American has his or her own qualities that individually make him or her a better citizen. You are American if you have the latest smartphone, eat the junkiest of foods, talk with the most westernized vocabulary, watch endless reality TV, call America by its modernized name: 'Murica, etc. A true American is someone who shows nothing but loyalty his state, puts others in front of themselves, and one who strives to be a better citizen than his neighbor. I can say that I believe that I fit well enough in that definition to be portrayed as a true American.To start off, loyalty to your specific state is the strong feeling of support for, in this case, America. It means you show a certain amount of respect for everything you do pertaining to it. "When you're in a gang, you stick up for the other members. If you don't stick up for them, stick together, male like brothers, it isn't a gang anymore" (Hinton, 33). Sticking with your neighbors is the number one philosophy that America is built on. Since the beginning of colonization in the new world, no colony could have survived without the loyalty and support for each other from all of its inhabitants. Many colonies did in fact fail because of the lack of loyalty and discipline, where no one stood together to form a more perfect union. Helping each other during a drought, taking a family in that lost their home, for whatever reason, if you stand together as one you can tackle any sort of obstacle that may challenge you. We see evidence of this in every and any society that flourishes. A level of respect is due to your each other when building such a great nation.Furthermore, America is built on a certain amount of respect for every one of its inhabitants, whether it is toward each other or toward the materials necessary in today's world. Without respect nothing positive can be accomplished in the culture we practice in this modern era. Our lives revolve around it; we show respect to everyone we meet, our boss, our coworkers, our customers, our elders, etc. It is a force of habit to say the simplest phrases such as "yes ma'am, no ma'am". "Some men are friends with the whole world in their hearts, and there are others that hate themselves and spread their hatred around like butter on...

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