America…The Land of the “Free” The United States of America is well known to be the place for freedom. Living in America all your life you wouldn’t have anything positive to say about our government as a whole. We are living in The Land of the “Free” where we as people are not really free. We are not free as individuals to make mistakes and learn from them. They take away our constitutional right to vote after a felony conviction. We are not free to openly express our freedom of religion. Instead we are ostracized and limitations are still set even in our beliefs and values. We are also limited to decisions that we make within our personal lives through holy matrimony. I didn’t know that with freedom came restrictions. Almost every state in the United States bans prisoner’s right to vote. There are fourteen states that bar criminal offenders from voting even after they have completed their sentencing. There are 3.9 million adults of all races that are disenfranchised and the majorities are not in prison but are on probation or parole and have completed their sentence. Any felony can trigger a disenfranchisement. A first time drug offender can plead guilty to a petty drug charge and lose his right to vote for the rest of his life. Just because people make mistakes doesn’t give the government permission to make them political outcast because past mistakes they have made. There are only four states that permit inmates to vote and those states are Maine, Massachusetts, Utah, and Vermont. Ex-offenders can seek gubernational pardon to restore their voting rights but few have info or the resources needed to do so. America is a place with people of many different cultures, values, and beliefs that are expressed in various ways. Our freedom of religion is a constitutional right of the first amendment. This law prohibits the federal government from respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise of that religion. Although there are laws set to treat us equal we still experience inequality. For example, Polygamy is a religion that honors marriage with multiple partners. The Federal Marriage Amendment limits marriage in the United States to unions of one man and one woman preventing polygamy. Freedom of religion is also associated with separation of church and state, which the Court hasn’t always interpreted the constitutional principle as meaning absolute separation of the government from all things religious. We soon realize that our government contradicts itself in many different ways and it becomes confusing. While discussing how our freedom of religion is taken from us we talked about the Federal Marriage Amendment which set limits in our religion and personal life. In the United States, civil marriage is governed by state law and each state is free to set the conditions for a valid marriage but…
Michael Kelly English comp 1
5/13/15 Final Paper
In this English compensation class I really enjoyed two specific poems that I will be discussing here. My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke and also Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden. These two poems really stuck out while reading because I can relate to both poems in the same but also in different ways. I think both poems are similar but My Papa’s Waltz has a different identity than Those Winter Sundays.
Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden…
The War on Nouns
However our country came to declare wars on broad undefined concepts without real solutions is a mystery to me, but no matter which one you come up with (terrorism, drugs, poverty) we’ve massively failed to find the success our military largely enjoys in our real physical wars. My guess would be that the government, new and media use “war” because it’s something the rest of the world perceives that we’re good at, seeing that we’ve…
When I was growing up I was one of those children who was wise beyond their years. Not in the sense that I was some extraordinary genius, but because I was robbed of my childhood. I was “too young” to understand what was going on around me, so no one explained much; truth is, I understood everything. Because of that I had to grow up fast... too fast if you ask me. You see in my family there was problems, tons of them and the biggest one of them…
Dr. Sally Emmons
19 November, 2013
The Fiery Future
“When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.”
− John M. Richardson, Jr.
This quote is something one can see throughout Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. There are multiple characters that fit these descriptions but three main characters that fit it perfectly. Beatty the fire house captain lets it happen, Montag makes it…
25 February 2015
Imagine you’re on a boat and you are traveling across the blue water reflecting the sky like glass, and then suddenly you come across some trash floating in the water. Of course you do not pay much mind to it, but then as you continue to travel on the water more and more garbage is appearing and suddenly you realize that you are amongst tons of trash. The once beautiful water you were on is now infested with garbage of all sorts, ruining…
The program that is stated in the article seems to be helpful. It obviously has had results that accomplished the goal of furthering students’ education, at least at South High Community School. In only two years the program increased the amount of kids who passed the AP test by twenty percent. Of course, this can also be contributed to the amount of kids who joined the program once it was open to everyone. However, it can also be argued that this success is because of the incentives given to the…
June 23, 2014
Violent Video Games Cause Aggression
There are many people around the world that allow their children to play violent video games and play games that has violent things on them. I feel that young children should not be allowed to play video games that have violent things in them. Violent games can make young kids look at things in the world differently. There are thousands of games now days that show things that could drive a child to possibly…
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English Comp I
7 April 2015
“Jake and Brett”
In the novel The Sun Also Rises, the narrator Jake Barnes and his lover Lady Brett Ashley are two very interesting characters. The two lovers find themselves in turmoil like in the lost generation as Gertrude Stein stated. Jake and Brett are both two characters in the novel whose relationship just gets more complicated throughout the story. They are two misunderstood people in the lost generation who cling to another for support.