I love this country. My water bottle and laptop are both covered in American flag stickers, I have an American flag in my room, and my house it the only one on our street that fly’s a flag 365 days a year. The American flag is, in fact, just a flag, but what that flag represents is so much more. The American flag is freedom, if you don’t agree with me id like to ask you what flag are those fighting for freedom in Hong Kong flying (ABCNews, 2019)?
Our country’s history has some blemishes. No one on either side of the political aisle denies that even today, injustices and wrongdoings are running rampant across all 50 states. However, evil America may seem at times what country doesn’t have blemishes past and present? What country is perfect? The answer is none. The reality is, countries are full of people; they are led by people, and people are far from perfect. The constitution of this country is a document of freedom the preamble of the constitution says;
We the people of these United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The phrase I would like to focus on is “…Secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity…” what is liberty? Liberty is “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.” Liberty, to me, is freedom from government control. The government cannot tell you what to do, the government cannot tell you what to think, and the government cannot tell you what to say.
The government serves a vital role in any country, but not all governments are created equal, and not all governments believe in liberty. I am proud to say my government does. The next time someone criticizes this country’s flag for all its faults id like to ask them what country would you rather be in? If I were a betting man, I would bet that the country they pick has a few more blemishes of their own and isn’t entirely as free.