Reactions on Reflections of a New U.S. Citizen

“We live in a country where most people know more about the Simpsons than the Constitution and at a time when some regard dissent as the nemesis, rather than the essence, of democracy.”  That is a quote from Reflections of a New U.S. Citizen, which I chose as my article because it really got me thinking.  The writer just became a U.S. citizen and is so excited.  She s00n finds out, however that her definition of a citizen is different than the definition of the people who are actually approving her citizenship.  Her point is that our attitude about our “citizenship” in our country is very different than the attitude that our founding fathers had when they were building America.  We, as Americans, take liberty and the right to dissent for granted.  I think she’s right.  Thinking even on my own knowledge of our government and how things work, I know I come up shorter than I ought to.  I am one of those people, I sadly admit, that do know more about the Simpsons than I do the constitution.  The piece could very well change someone’s mind about their attitude toward being a citizen.  After reading it, I want to know more about my country and have a passion like the author’s.  This piece might make people annoyed as well, although I don’t see anger as a big reaction to it.  I really loved reading Reflections of a New U.S. Citizen, and I do recommend everyone read it.  It is a great piece to cause people to think.

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  1. garthb March 24, 2010

    I feel that the constitution is not what it was meant to be. It’s no longer about the people and their rights, it’s about who owns what, and whoever has the most makes the rules.

  2. bigmeplus1 March 24, 2010

    Yeah i bet i am sadly on who knows more about the simpsons 🙁

  3. brbrazer March 24, 2010

    True, the definition for citizienship from evas home country of germany probly is different from the U.S.

  4. dedavi22 March 24, 2010

    I agree, we should value disent. Without it we would never progress as a society

  5. amfalkow March 24, 2010

    ha i did the same passage and i feel that its kind of sad that our country seems to be ingoring what er stand for, i agree i did feel like i should know more about my country.

  6. Josh March 26, 2010

    Most people take things for granted


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