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What American Patriotism Is
Josiah Woltersdorf - 8th Grade
Listed May 21, 2007

What is American Patriotism? Look around you . . . The freedoms, rights, laws, and amendments that are shared by everyone are the backbone of America. Not just a certain race or culture. They’re not just freedoms. They are the backbone of America. I am a patriot because of the rights we possess, the history of this great nation, and the determination to serve.

Our rights give us our integrity, and strength; the breaking rope of our country’s unity is held together by almost nothing except the rights our founding fathers set to keep this country from destruction. When our rights are gone, say good-bye to your life, knowing that even as fast as the twin towers fell, our very freedom will be no more. The only difference is that you’ll never have it back. The history of our foundation as a country is a story to give these rights meaning.

History is one of the greatest topics concerning patriotism. Think about Abe Lincoln, George Washington, and the founding fathers. What was the first amendment? It was the reason the puritans sailed over from England; because they wanted freedom to believe in Christianity the way they wanted to believe in it. The history of America makes this nation stronger, and history never changes. We should keep up this, and set the course for the future with real American values and determination.

The determination to serve is in many things we do. When a country needs us, we step in and help them up. We step up for our own states as in Hurricane Katrina; but also for many countries, as with the tsunami in Asia in 2004. We serve others as long as they need to and are willing to be served. This is my country and we will serve.

Our rights are spelled out because of our history, and history is made today because of our willingness to give. We aren’t shy or evil, and we are the country whose name will be in high honor if we are courteous and treat all with equality, sheltering the needy, and remembering our great foundation as a country.

This is my country, and this is why I am a United States of America Patriot.

Josiah Woltersdorf
8th Grade
Copyright 2007

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