What is a law? What is America? What is being an American mean? These questions have been asked for centuries but there is no genuine definition instead there is a term of what it means to qualify as an American. But how can that be if we are all different variations from across the globe just born, raised and or migrated to this land. This so called “American Dream” that has been profoundly sought out throughout history. And even when America was fighting against itself, it makes you wonder if any individual is equal to anyone else? Or is it just the terms of a law that makes us qualified?
According to Dictionary.com these three definitions summarize the term law. The first definition of the term being expressed today is “the principles and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision.” In other words there are limits, papers, backgrounds, cultures, and appearances that have to addressed first before even being considered to move on. The majority of an indifference is not always accepted. Why is it not always accepted? Well that is another question that even I cannot answer because there are multiple explanations that no one can quiet comprehend because the answer is usually some sort of idiotic outcome that leaves an individual wondering why he or she cannot be accepted.
The second definition to the term law is “any written or positive rule or collection of rules prescribed under the authority of the state or nation, as by the people in its constitution.” Take note on the keywords positive and by the people. Now to me by the people, should include those that live in the country whom have helped to mold America’s society, social structure, community, culture and so on. But when it comes to actually letting those same people into a country that is supposed to be “the land of the free and the home of the brave” we cannot allow all of it to be free and brave because what is there left to desire and fear? Why should the underlining be so aggressive and important? In the definition is says “positive rule,” I do not see much positivity being shown.
As for the final definition for the term law it says “the controlling influence of such rules; the condition of society brought about by their observance.” Ever wonder as to how laws come about? Well it is a simple explanation and that is observation. Observation is based on what is happening in today’s society. Focusing on religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sex and all other forms of identification. In America we have Amendments also known as the Bill of Rights that the country has to follow in order to abide by the standards (laws) given. The first Amendment covers the basics “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.” These five simple forms of expressions are not to be questioned but everyone is either curious or ignorant. These set of rules bring control but sometimes with the wrong type of influence.
John Winthrop once wrote in his piece titled A Model of Christian Charity, says “There is likewise a double law by which we are regulated in our conversation one towards another in both the former respects: the law of nature and the law of grace, or the moral law or the law of the Gospel, to omit the rule of justice as not properly belonging to this purpose otherwise than it may fall into consideration in some particular cases.” In conclusion there is a double standard when it comes to being an American; either you fit the criteria to the letter or you “qualify.” There should not be an undertone of what an American should or should not be because none of us are truly American we come from every other part of the world and we are melted together into an extremely big pot.