"On Being An American"

Throughout history and especially, in recent times, a declaration of nationalist sentiment has often been confused with true patriotism. While more often than not this nationalist sentiment is used as a political manuver to manipulate public opinion, this should not be considered, fundamentally what being an American indicates. The principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are ultimately, put into written form, what constitutes basic human rights. These rights are desired universally, but can be granted in America and when they are not, it is considered the right of the people to obtain them. Being an American does not imply a sense of superiority, rather it should be considered a deep privilege. A privilege because one is allowed to change and to make changes, for better or worse. The greatest principle that the United States was built on, was in recogninzing that it is made up of individuals, not merely parts of the State.