United States Political Culture

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This was the party slogan for the political culture in George Orwell’s novel, 1984; a stark, depressing world where “Big Brother” is watching you at all times. The political culture of the Untied States, thankfully, is a much more democratic and freeing environment. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...” is what we live by, not “Freedom is slavery.” The political culture of the United States is made up of two main concepts: liberty and equality. These will be discussed in this paper. United States; a country founded by people pursuing religious freedom from the monarchist world of Europe, however it would still be years before they had the opportunity to fight for their economic and political freedom as well. It wasn’t until after the war for independence that the fathers of this country had a chance to give us the liberties we have to today, in the constitution of the United States. Liberty is the principal that individuals should be free to act and think as they choose. In other words, it is freedom from “government interference”. As stated by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. In layman terms, the citizens of the United States will not have their religion, speech or press dictated to them; everyone has the right to practice whatever religion they choose, protest injustices without retribution, and can speak and write without the fear of punishment. In America today liberty is a big debate, as a melting pot country and the sperateration of church and state. The immigration laws that have been put in place in the last few years have taken the liberties away from aliens in this country. The other side of...
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