Editor’s Note — This is the transcript from Whiteoak Jr./Sr. High School eighth-grader Brianna Hill’s essay that Friday night won first place in the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen competition. It was submitted courtesy of Shirley Wilkin, Hillsboro VFW Post 9094 Auxiliary chair.
What makes America great? People might say politicians or presidents, and they’re not wrong! But it’s more than what meets the eye. It’s the pledge of allegiance, the founding fathers, the U.S. Constitution and though with a lot of other things, it’s the everyday ordinary citizens that make America great.
Many think of what’s happening in present times, but there’s much that happened in the past that made tremendous differences to the country’s society, laws and government. The founding fathers are a big part of the U.S. The freedoms they established, the laws made and the government created. In other countries, practicing your own religion is forbidden but in America, anyone can practice any religion without penalty. In other countries, people have unfair dictatorships, but America’s government is an independent system controlled by the people.
The Pledge of Allegiance states “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Everyone works together as one and makes the country a better place to practice religion, maintain liberty and ensure justice FOR ALL, not just specific groups of people. In other locations, people are judged based on religious differences, racial contrasts and social status. But in the U.S., people practice any religion without punishment. In the U.S., all races can become citizens. In the U.S., it doesn’t matter if you’re poor, rich, popular or not, EVERYONE is treated with some respect, more than any other county.
America is great because of the U.S. Constitution. This constitution contains rights, laws and independence. There are many rights written in the constitution that are not even considered in other parts of the world; for example the First Amendment covers freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition. Another example is the Second Amendment which protects the right to bear arms. The preamble also ensures domestic tranquility, the blessings of liberty, provides the common defense, establishes justice and promotes general welfare for everyone in America.
“America is great because of the founding fathers, the constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance and the people that make up the country. Without these aspects of the United States there would be chaos, no freedoms, no fairness.
“Why do you think this country is great?”