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Seth Caserta: What is “patriotism”?

4 Sep

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Seth Caserta is an aspiring columnist and a 17-year-old senior at Covenant School

September 4, 2019


 

If I were to choose a word that illustrates the importance of our flag – I would choose patriotism.

So, what exactly is patriotism? It is defined in the dictionary as “Devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country.”  In other words, it’s the love of your country. Patriotism is the foundation on which our nation is built, the glue holding us together as a nation united.

It took patriotism to build this country, to fight for its right for existence and liberty and separate from the British dictatorship. It took loyalty, devotion, and bravery, for the veterans to defend our great Nation against Germany in World War 2 and in Vietnam.

The Love for one’s country is like gas in a car, it fuels it and helps it go and progress. We, as one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, are responsible for our future and what becomes of our nation.

Matthew 3:25 states that “If a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand.” If we, the American people, do not put forth what is best for our country, instead of our own political views, how can we progress?

Politics have escalated so much into what Republicans and Democrats believe is best that the question of “where does patriotism come into play” rises. It’s like a rivalry between 2 siblings, one trying to outdo the other by whatever means necessary.  

 Patriotism is the desire to help one’s country in times of need, “to make it great”, in simpler terms. It took one man to come forth, against the odds, to lead this country toward a brighter future. His name is Donald J Trump. 

Some may disagree with the president’s political views but they cannot deny that he has helped our economy grow more in 3 and a half years, than Obama did in his entire presidency! But if we focus on the mistakes our president makes, rather than the successes, where is Patriotism?

It is the job of We the People to stand beside our president and honor him, even if we don’t agree with him entirely. If we don’t, then pray for him rather than falsely accusing him of something just to impeach him.

So, once more, the question of “what is patriotism” comes into play. George Washington fighting the British for our right to be a nation, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, in attempt to unite the North and south, Veterans sacrificing everything to protect their country, a president persisting to make America great against the odds of both parties.

That is Patriotism. 

 

Seth Caserta: Criminals behind bars should not be allowed to vote.

1 May

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Seth Caserta will be a 17-year-old senior in the upcoming year at Covenant Christian School. 

May 1, 2019


 

Today, in the United States of America, we live as a free nation, under God, with Liberty and Justice for all.

Since the 1900s, the rights for African Americans, and many other non-white citizens were and are debated, however some in the Democrat Party want to give prisoners the right to vote as well.

Democrats, even when Franklin D Roosevelt was still president, were a selfish party, and now trying to give prisoners the right to vote just to get more votes for the Presidential Election.

Prisoners should not be given the right to vote, for this reason: If they are convicted of robbing a bank, do you think that they would vote for the country’s benefit? Of course not! The Democrats as you know hate Trump, and are now trying to give Prisoners voting rights, so Trump won’t get re-elected.

Democrats hate Trump more than they love their country.

If a prisoner is convicted of murder, do you think that he should be given voting rights? No! Of course, not! Bernie Sanders seems to think so, however he’s wrong. A criminal should never get the right to vote while they are still a prisoner. Even if we live in a free country, that doesn’t give the Democrats the right to abuse that freedom just because they hate Trump. Even if a prisoner only robbed a bank, they still shouldn’t be given the right to vote.

A prison is meant for a punishment. If a parent’s kid were to kill a dog, would that parent let the kid have pizza for dinner? No! That’s why you shouldn’t give prisoners voting rights. Or if your dog were to destroy your furniture, would you give the dog a treat? No!

Giving someone the right to vote is giving them the privilege to have a say so for the election. This isn’t right for a Presidential Election or any other Election. When a Person commits a crime, they lose that right and should have to work hard to be allowed back into society. During the 1900’s Martin Luther King stood for African Americans to have the right to vote. What do you think he’d say to giving prisoners voting rights? He’d say that’s stupid.

The right to vote is not something you can just hand out – it’s a privilege and not just another thing the Democrats can hand out to get more votes. That privilege is what your grandfathers fought for in World War II. It’s what George Washington fought for in the Revolutionary War. It’s what Abraham Lincoln fought for, as president, until he was murdered.

Our freedom is something the Vietnam Veterans fought for, so we as a nation could continue to have the right to vote, to have a say so, and to have that privilege. Our Right to vote is why we celebrate the 4th of July, because we have that say so. So, let us, as a Nation, defend that right to vote we were blessed with by God, and let us celebrate everyday as our Independence Day.

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