Being American means being free. Being free means we choose who represents us, we have a voice, and if we use it, we can be heard. This freedom is part of the foundation of the United States, it’s why we can choose to believe in what we believe in, and why we can all share our own opinions, whether we agree or disagree with each other. It states in the Bill of Rights that we have the freedom of religion, assembly, press, petition, and speech (Madison). Without these rights, there wouldn’t be equality, there wouldn’t be diversity, there wouldn’t be uniqueness. This is what makes America so special. The fact that, even if so many people disagree with each other, we are still unrestricted to feel comfortable with what we believe in. But are we still really the free country we came along to be? There will always be something to contradict our beliefs, but even with the contradictions, there are many ways people are still free in America.

Equality is apart of what makes America free. With recent events, people have been using their voices. If we have the right, why not use it?  People have been using their voices to change gun policies, to gain with who they want to love, to make change with equality in genders, and so much more. America is a free country, but the people within it are still trying to find ways to use that freedom to feel equal, to feel open to be who they want to be, to feel unobstructed to love who the want, and to feel safe from danger. This is the equality that we say we have, but don’t. The changes are coming as people are starting to express their views and beliefs because they are realizing the independence that they have.

In conclusion, I believe freedom is a core value of America that everyone in the United States lives by. This is the reason why there may be disagreements in discussions, because we are free to disagree, and why we are free to try to make changes in our country, we have the right, and why we can be the independent people thanks to the freedom. If you are in America, you are free.


Works cited

Eckstein, Yael. “The Value of Freedom.” The Huffington Post,, 7 Oct. 2014,

U.S. Constitution. Art./Amend.

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Sloane Herrera
October 23, 2018 2:04 pm

I agree with many of the arguments you put in your writing. One argument I found particularly interesting was how you briefly brought up gun policies; and how you also talked a lot about the diversity of our country.

October 10, 2018 2:50 pm

I agree with you that America was based of the idea of freedom, and there is no doubt that freedom plays a huge role in the foundation of America, however I think that to answer your question we have to look at how the policies in the constitution are being applied in the country today. Although the country is based on freedom, many of the policies we believe give us freedom are executed in ways that restrict our freedom, which, like you said, creates a lot of debate.

October 10, 2018 2:49 pm

Thank you for your input Bella. I found your take on this issue to be very well-rounded and complete. I agree that the foundation of America is based on freedom. Would you say that freedom is something that is currently achievable for all?

October 10, 2018 2:48 pm

I also think that people should be free to say what they want. I think that freedom of speech is one of the most important American values. It is important for people to share their thoughts on politics and issues.

October 10, 2018 2:18 pm

Hi Bella,
I agree that diversity is what makes America unique, and that people are free to disagree. I think it’s great that people are standing up for what they believe in, but why do you think more people have been using their voices now then a few years ago? Overall, I really liked your point of how freedom is part of American belief.

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