English 1A Ticket Number 13505
15 March 2010
America: The Beacon of Hope to the World
Today, America is uniquely home to and formed by a myriad of people groups, religions and resulting practices. America has become more than just a nation; America is alive because it is a living culture, a resolute beacon of hope that has attracted opportunistic immigrants who flock here to live out the “American dream”, from the four corners of the earth. As long as Americans publicly express the value and appreciation they give to freedom, they will continue to be a magnet to immigrants who look for new beginnings.
From the early years of its formation as a sovereignty to the twenty-first century, prominent Americans have consistently radiated the message that freedom and hope are not only very possible in this vast land, but actually worth dying for. Case in point is one of the Founding Fathers’ historic speech, which ended with the unforgettable words: “Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” (Henry) This statement clearly indicates the value of freedom: Life itself. Other American politicians have made similar declarations that welcome immigrants to America and that this country needs them. These types of statements encourage foreigners to leave their countries and venture new possibilities in America. For instance, at the 1998 commencement address at Portland State University, President Bill Clinton voiced support for immigrants, when he said:
More than any other nation on Earth, America has constantly drawn strength and spirit from wave after wave of immigrants. In each generation, they have proved to be the most restless, the most adventurous, the most innovative, [and] the most industrious of people. Bearing different memories, honoring different heritages, they have strengthened our economy, enriched our culture, [and] renewed our promise of freedom and opportunity for...