People are often viewed by what country they identify with, where they were born, their ancestors, or where they immigrated from. However, there are few countries that have attained a reputation so large in such a short period than the United States of America. There are a plethora of reasons for this reputation, as people moved from Europe in many cases to escape the Monarchies, they became fiercely independent, and outspoken. The words of the men who penned their names to documents which began the separation of this nation from Britain are eloquent and inspiring. When I read these passages, I am moved emotionally and feel a pride inside of me that motivates me to be a better American.
The framers and founders of this country were for the most part middle aged, they were educated merchants and farmers. These men worked the land and understood economics, they wanted to create their own destiny, and assure the freedoms of this society which had in such a short time become a culture separate from Britain. They were also wordsmiths, eloquent, concise, and poetic their ideas became words which we can today relate to and govern our Nation.
Based in free enterprise our Nation grew exponentially, expanding quickly into a country gaining its reputation as an equal to its former European masters, gaining respect from not only Britain, but France, Spain, and Portugal. The young upstart who can hold their own, this reputation has not seemed to fade at all in over 200 years.
Another cornerstone of this country is the acceptance of differences in people, with that said I do not feel that a country should adapt its laws or current way of life to accommodate immigration. The immigrant should adapt and accept the country they have chosen to live in or move to a country that is better suited to their political, moral, and ethical lifestyle. If not for colorful immigration we would not be the melting pot of ethnicities which we are, so many cultures have contributed to the eclectic fabric of my country. We have grown as a culture and a country because of the Americanized cultural moments of our immigrants, the blending of traditions into our society.
We are strong because of our diversity, but being and embracing that we are all Americans is the binding which makes us so strong. Taking the words of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and understanding them, letting them empower us this is the true strength of our country, it is a thought, an idea, it is ever evolving.