1. The Constitution
This important document is the backbone of the country we all know and is often the subject of great discussion and debate. It’s the supreme law of America. The words “We the People” affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. It safeguards our rights and has influenced the constitutions of other great nations.
Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, and Brett Favre. These names are synonymous with American sportsmanship. From The World Series, to the Super Bowl, to the Stanley Cup, to the Olympics, America’s winning teams have been leading champions in the world of sports for generations, teaching us all about respect and healthy competition.
3. Voting Rights Act of 1965
Although the 14th and 15th Amendments in the Constitution allow all of us the right to vote, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 actually protects those rights for minorities. This important piece of legislation prohibits racial discrimination and was signed into law by President Johnson during the Civil Rights Movement in the ‘60s. It’s considered to be the most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted in the country.
4. The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. It oversees our laws and determines their very meaning. It’s the final interpreter of the Constitution and federal laws, and consists of 9 Supreme Court Justices who were each appointed by the sitting President at the time of their nomination. These Justices have lifelong tenure and are carefully vetted as they are a crucial part of balancing our federal government.
America makes great things. We are one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world, and Silicon Valley is still an international hub of innovation. The U.S. is the birthplace of the airplane, the internet, the microchip, laser, the cellphone, refrigerator, email, microwave, the personal computer, and so much more. Our history of inventions supersedes that of those from any other country. From founding fathers Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to Steve Jobs, Americans have revolutionized the world with science and technological inventions and it still remains the land of innovation.
Although immigration is the topic of heated debate these days, the words engraved on the Statue of Liberty should not be forgotten: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!.” This is meant to be a symbol of hope and freedom for immigrants, welcoming them into our country.
7. Pop Culture
Elvis, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Disneyland and Rock and Roll – these are just a few of the iconic American symbols in Pop Culture that determine our ideas, perspectives, and attitudes towards society. The influence of the freedom of expression we have in this country ripples out into the entire civilized world. When it comes to popular culture, America is at the heart of the global trends that encourage others’ inspiration to create change through the medium of the arts.