American Civic Values Essay 1

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Today’s society reinforces American civic values by allowing individuals to have the right to succeed or fail as well as the right to live freely and be left alone. Although community may want to pitch in and help when they see fellow community members struggling, government does not have any obligation or right too interfere or aid. Although the reinforcement of American civic values is still prevalent, civic values are also undermined on many levels. Beliefs on certain issues as well as likes and dislikes have caused society to become separated to the point where community almost does not exist any more. The creation of certain groups like anti-homosexual or anti-abortion groups essentially take away from an individual’s right to be left alone by pressuring these individuals to change and conform to the groups beliefs. American political and civil culture benefit from civic values by ensuring there are no double standards for individuals with more money or prestige also that the treatment of everyone equal and that no one person is better than the next. Although civic values give everyone the right to live freely and without judgment society does not always adhere to that right. If a homosexual lives in a community of anti-homosexual supporters the homosexual will have to live in fear of retaliation for living his or her life freely and without judgment. Because the community does not agree with the individual’s choices or adhere to civic values, they penalize the homosexual for his or her sexuality by essentially taking away that individual’s right and freedom to live and be left alone.
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