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The Concept of Freedom- a book report

Updated on January 29, 2016
the Statue of Liberty
the Statue of Liberty

A Close Look at America is a book which I came across during the weekends. I read it with a sense of curiosity wondering what more could be learned regarding the freedom of America. Upon finishing the book, I found myself pondering on the concepts which it had presented to me. As I dug deeper into the book, I found myself having a new perspective on many controversial topics regarding the American government, one of those being the infamous school shootings. The price the America government paid for freedom is truly admirable. From the start of the War of the Independence to the drafting of the Ten Amendments, the Americans had one belief- the independence of the populace of the nation. From the very start they fought for what they had believed in, and the American government had sacrificed much to keep what their ancestors had fought for-freedom. I was once very concerned with the school shooting in America, thinking if it is possible to simply solve all the problems by banning guns. I had no idea of the Second Amendment at the time being and if I did, I would had cared less, since it is my mantra that laws can be changed for the better. However, what I didn’t realize was that owning weapons was one form of the freedom of the Americans; the freedom to feel safe and to have self protection, as well as resistance to oppression. Eyebrows were raised when people declared that these shootings were a price they were willing to pay for freedom. Why should the right to own arms be this significant? In my own perspective it is more than the right of owning arms but also about obeying the Ten Amendments. The Ten Amendments are created to ensure that the government will remain at service for its people and not the other way around, and it ensures and secures the freedom and liberty of its nation. These amendments are and should be closely followed, because if one of these amendments were to be changed, the balance between the power distribution of the government and its populace may be broken. These amendments are written in a manner that they may not be changed in the future for the peoples sake, and making one little exception to the Second Amendment may lead to more exceptions in the future leading to a catastrophic chain of events.

A Close Look at America is truly an inspirational book which gives the reader clear insight of Americas freedom in many ways. I was and still am trying to grasp the main idea of the Ten Amendments while reading this book as well as the core of the American thought. It is thanks to this book that I’m able to comprehend what freedom truly is. Freedom is too vague a concept for those who haven’t encountered it, and there are also many types of freedom- the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, the freedom of press, etc. They all, however, melt down into one- the freedom of an individual. This freedom ensures and protects the right of the entire populace. Corresponding with this idea is the famous phrase found in the Declaration of Independence “to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The main principle of freedom is simple, one is able to live his or her life the way they want to, as long as the well being or rights of other people or not inferred. To enforce this, laws are created. In one sense laws can be called the boundaries of freedom. One can have freedom as long as it does not interfere with another’s freedom, so in one way the law is not only a boundary of freedom, but rather a “fence”. It closely guards an individual’s freedom yet at the same time preventing that individual from violating another person’s freedom.

The effects of freedom on the American society cannot be ignored. From the smallest tabloid to the election of the American president, the effects of freedom is evident. One thing that may seem the most peculiar to those residing under a communist government is the purpose a democratic government serves. The rift between the concepts between these two governments is colossal. Most who are residing under a democratic government believe that serving the people is the sole purpose which the government performs, while it is vice versa in communist countries. What was the most surprising and perhaps even incomprehensible is the freedom of speech. People are allowed to say what they want, wherever they want, as long it doesn’t contradict the law. Evidence of this is shown through the many demonstrations and protests that happened this year. It is certainly a great privilege to express your thought to whoever may care to listen, even if your ideas contradict the interests of the government. Truly the freedom and the government of America is a marvelous being, its faults and all. Although America is not an utopia, the basic structure of the government ensures the success of it. The Bill of Rights which guards the freedom of the people was referred to as a “miracle document” by George Washington and James Madison, and it certainly earned up to its title.

This is a book report of A Close Look at America written by Linda.


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