February When we were in junior high school, my friend Rich and I made a map of the school lunch tables according to popularity. This was easy to do, because kids only ate lunch with others of about the same popularity. We graded them from A to E. A tables were full of football players and cheerleaders and so on.
I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.
I stopped caring today because parents refuse to teach their kids right from wrong and blame us when they are caught breaking the law.
Moms hate us in their schools because we frighten them and remind them of the evil that lurks in the world. We always kill innocent people with unjust violence.
We are called bullies for using a Taser during a fight, but are condemned further for not first tasing the guy who pulls a gun on us.
I stopped caring today as no one wants us around, but instantly demands answers, results, arrests, when a crime takes place. To never accept responsibility for ones actions, but to blame everyone else instead of themselves.
To argue that getting stoned should be a right, yet getting a job or an education is a hassle. To steal verus earn. To hate versus help. Yes, I stopped caring today.
But tomorrow, I will put my uniform back on and I will care again.Jun 20, · Feel free to highlight a story or observation that clarifies what being American means to you , on Page A11 of the New York edition with the headline: What Does It Mean to Be American.
The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works, and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t.
The second disadvantage, implicit in what I’ve been saying, is that an elite education inculcates a false sense of self-worth. Getting to an elite college, being at an elite college, and going on from an elite college—all involve numerical rankings: SAT, GPA, GRE. This essay is adapted from the Theodore H.
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Wise Sayings. What is the true meaning of being an American? Millions of people migrate into the United States of American in order to achieve their dream and earn the name of an American. Even people that are already technically Americans try to.
Being in the U.S. without authorization is not a crime, but rather a civil offense for the country's estimated 12 million undocumented residents. What it means to be an American is less about.