At the first of the year Miss Schoonmaker asked us if we thought America was a success or not. This got me thinking what are we going to learn that will make us think our country isnít a success? Well throughout the year I learned things that made me believe America is not a success. Things that made me not believe in America were how we go against things we pledge. Like the Constitution and how we treated blacks in the Civil Rights era. Another example is the "American dream". The Dream was all centered primarily around money. Has it not been said that money is the root of all evil? Do we really believe in a country thatís dream is evil?

I believe the thought of the "American dream" brought us into civil war. The North and the South both had their views on what the "American dream" was. The Northern States wanted the American dream achieved for the whole country to be industrial, anti-slavery, and very federalist. Upon these institutions they planned to make the U.S. a superior nation in the world. The South wanted to achieve the same ultimate goal for the U.S. but with agricultural, pro- slavery, and states sovereignty institutions. These are the differences between both sides in achieving the American Dream. In order to resolve the conflict of interests, North and South had to go to war to prove superiority thus proving which side is the city upon the hill" in which the losing side would follow. The "American dream" later made us build the suburbs like Levittown where the country was trying to make us all the same. We had the same house just different colors than everyone else. This all brought up the issue of conformity. America was trying to live up to an ideal that was not securing the blessings of liberty.

In the best document ever written the opening clause is a big fat lie. It says we will "...establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity..." Justice was not shown in many cases where a white person had killed a black person and everyone knew the white person was guilty, but to not suffer from criticizing the all white jury pled guilty. This was the case in the Emmit Till trial. Emmit spoke to a white lady and later that night the white ladiesí husband and friend kidnaped Emmit and beat him with a baseball bat. Later Emmit was found in a river. Everyone knew what had happened to Emmit and who had killed him but the white persons who killed him got off. They later confessed killing Emmit Till and nothing was done. How is Justice ensured when we canít even get a fair trial? In the dictionary it says that "a judge should have a sense of justice." In no way was the United states living up to the ideal of establishing justice. How is the Nation " insuring domestic tranquillity" in the case of Elian Gonzalez? Is breaking into a house in the middle of the night with weapons drawn to take a eight year old boy insuring national calmness? We have a picture of a man with a machine gun in Eliansí face. The Nation woke up to the news in a uproar. Demonstrators marched for weeks out side of Eliansí House. If we were trying to keep the nation calm why would we do something like this? That is not the way to build up our reputation. If we are trying to be the "city on a hill" to all other countries why do something like this? That is not insuring calmness in the Nation.

Our nation has failed on the subject of diversity. The word diversity is closely related to discrimination. Both mean or have something to do with people of different race, religion, or sex. It has been said the more diverse a thing is, the more strength it possess. Than why did America have such a problem with blacks? The south especially discriminated the blacks and wouldnít even go to the same schools as the blacks, drink from the same drinking fountains, etc.