What is it to be an American?

I have enjoyed freedom for so long I take it for granted. Before I was able to vote, I had to served in the military. I learned the difference between duty and rights giving by our constitution. This country was built on duty, not freedoms. The freedoms followed after the duty was done. Those duties are responsibilities that we have to this country. Yes, over the years, our freedoms have grown in this country. But our responsibilities have remained the same. Each citizen must perform their responsibilities to this country on an on-going basis. I don’t like taxes, but our government would soon go out of business if we didn’t. Service in the military is another responsibility. People have come from all over the world to have our rights and responsibilities. This is still the best place in the world to raise your family and earn a decent living. We are a nation of laws that has afforded its citizens freedoms that we all cherish. I have the right to freedom of speech, of peaceful assembly, of religion, of the press and to petition the government for redress of grievances. These rights were given to me by the people of this country, who lived and died by its laws. And I am grateful that I live in this country, America.
Crain Blanchard.

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