How Beautiful Is America? Essay

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The book America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great was written by a political writer by the name of Ben Carson. This book is not Ben Carson’s first rodeo; he has four bestsellers and a famous neurosurgeon. Carson does a fantastic job of tapping into this great country’s history and speaking of the good, but also the bad about it. Ben Carson’s book serves its purpose of being very informative to the reader. It provides the reader with knowledge from the country’s past mistakes such as topics on past wars, our government, and morals through religious views to help us strive for a better future.
Ben Carson’s childhood was not always the best. Having grown up in big cities like Boston and Detroit, he had to deal with racism at its highest point. This period of history is what Carson refers to as “the dark periods in America’s history” (Carson 12). Carson goes from his life experience with racism to America’s fight for freedom from Great Britain. He even wrote about some of the early American heroes. Thomas Paine was famous for publishing a fifty-page pamphlet called Common Sense. His pamphlet was so popular and true that Thomas Jefferson even used a portion of it in the Declaration of Independence. Before their fight for independence, the Americans rebelled against Great Britain’s Stamp Act by throwing barrels of tea into the Boston Harbor. Carson discusses some similarities between The Boston Tea Party of 1773 and what a Boston Tea Party today would be like. He also discusses situations involving the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the bailout of several financial agencies, and the healthcare reforms now. Small things lead to bigger and bigger conflicts such as the Boston Tea Party, the Vietnam War, and most recently, Iraq. The point here is that it is very difficult to determine our nation's morality based on its military conflicts (Carson 104). One can legitimately ask, is any conflict, whether it be fighting or war, moral (Carson 104)?
Although the founding fathers thought of many things, they did not realize the facet of human nature that makes people strive for power and influence would result in it becoming very difficult for them to give up their seat in the House of Representatives or Senate once they had it (Carson 34). He uses that illustration to explain that the best types of governments are the ones that allow the people to govern themselves. For example, Carson uses Biblical reference from Leviticus 25:10 to show that the Ancient Israeli government believed all men should be free, just as the founding fathers of our nation had echoed that belief (Carson 29). Thomas Jefferson says that we should raise our voices and vote for what is best for our needs. James Madison once said, “A republic is a government which derives all its power directly or indirectly from the great body of the people and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period” (Carson 31). The...

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