PP 2017: Ella Johnson 3rd

Ella Johnson

What would our life be like if we didn’t have the freedom of education, the freedom of speech, and the freedom of religion? I don’t really know, because like most Americans, I have lived my whole life in the United States of America and take these basic freedoms for granted. I have no idea what it is like to not have these freedoms that we have had the privilege to live our lives by. America’s gift to my generation, to me, includes the freedom of education, speech, and religion.

Every day I have the right to attend school. “You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get a degree. Because that’s one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment.” said Michelle Obama. (Brainy Quotes) In other countries some kids don’t get to go to school. They don’t get the chance to learn how to read or write. In America every person gets that right. We get to go to school to become educated and pursue any job we choose.

The first amendment of the United States Constitution granted us the freedom of speech in 1791. This freedom is the most important to me because if we didn’t have free speech then we wouldn’t be able to say what we wanted. We couldn’t stand up for what we believe to be right. We couldn’t speak our minds, we couldn’t even say our opinion. In some countries you can be punished or even killed for stating your opinion.

Another part of the first amendment grants us freedom of religion. Muhammad Ali said, “I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.” (Brainy Quotes) As Americans we can believe in Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, or any religion. We can even believe in no religion at all and still be Americans.

Even though our United States Constitution was written in 1787 these rights still hold true today because of our veterans. Our veterans have fought in many wars and made many sacrifices every day to protect our country and protect our rights. It is hard to think about our country without these rights. I am proud to live in this country and thankful for the gift of these freedoms.

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