Written for the Patriot's Pen Competition.

America has several reasons it is a great country. The America I believe in has many freedoms most other countries don't have. Even though this country has several issues to be resolved, America provides opportunities for people that can't be found anywhere else in the world.

The freedom of speech is something that not everyone has. In the United States, you are allowed to say almost anything you want. The press, including magazines and newspapers, can publish any news that comes to them. People are also able to speak about the government and their opinions about it, whether good or bad. Clearly, the freedom of speech is important to most everyone around the world.

People appreciate the freedom to talk about and believe in their religion. The freedom of religion is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. If people choose to talk to others about their beliefs, they usually are not ridiculed and discriminated. They are also not banned from talking about their religion, should they want to. You are also allowed to believe in whatever religion you would like, no matter what other people say. As you can see, the freedom of religion is something that people want and enjoy having.

Students in the United States are entitled to a free education until they reach the age of 18, or under special circumstances, age 21. The compulsory schooling ensures that our population is able to read and write, as well as knowing math skills. Here in America, the government pays for your education. If you are educated properly, you are able to find a job that will allow you to provide for yourself and for your family. You are also given this free education from the time you are born until you are 17 or 18 years old. Although not everyone in the world is allowed this privilege, in America, free education can lead to success in many ways.

Like every country or kingdom that has ever, the United States has problems and issues that need to be solved; however, we have rights that can only be found here in America. These freedoms are things that most countries don't possess. All in all, these qualities make the America I believe in a great country to me.