Monday, January 25, 2010

Being An American Citizen Essay

To be an American citizen, to me, is not only to follow the law but also to help the society in any way possible, to be proud of their citizenship and to help anyone in need.
One of the most important documents to consider in being an American citizen is the bill of rights. This document shows the American people what their rights are and also protects them. The Bill of Rights gives the American Citizens freedom of speech, freedom to bear arms and many more. One of the most important rights that it gives the American Citizens is: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. I believe this is the most important right because it provides privacy for any American citizen. For me, privacy is one of the biggest gifts I could have gotten from the Bill of Rights.
A character in history who I believed has embodied these values is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was one of America’s greatest presidents. He showed care and compassion to everyone in the states, including the slaves. Although some people did not like what President Lincoln did for America while he was alive, he provided leadership that was extremely important during that period of time.
I have put these believes to use by working in an orphanage in Peru and helping the children who have nothing. I have also participated in many charities that help the homeless and the people less fortunate. I obey the laws and protect my rights especially when writing for the school newspaper. Being an American Citizen is something I am defiantly proud of and hopefully, I represent America well.