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Why do they call the united states a land of freedom and opportunity?

I have heard it said that the United States are supposed to be a place where all people live equally under one flag, but looking back at what they have done i can hardly convince myself that that is the case.
black slaves (don't you dare deny this or justify this).
Segregation centres for Japanese citizens in world war II.
Reservations and the instances of cheating the first nations.

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The things you mention are in the past, and were repeated in numerous countries in numerous situations. But we improve. We try (though sometimes fail) to treat everyone equally. We do a better job of it than many countries around the world. Our examples of what we try to do has been the source of government change in other countries. You can read in history how many countries based their newly democratic constitutions on the U.S. constitution. The United States as a long way to go toward a truly democratic society, and we DO backslide from time to time, but I DO believe we are in the front runners in building a democratic world.

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so true
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Well said, DeepDark. Your comparison to alternative forms of government is apt. I quoted Thomas Jefferson in my answer, and the following quote is from that same 1816 letter which supports you comment:
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...show me where the people have done half the mischief in these forty years [since the nation was founded], that a single despot would have done in a single year; or show half the riots and rebellions, the crimes and the punishments, which have taken place in any single nation, under kingly government, during the same period.
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We aren't perfect, and we may not even be the best, but we have a government that affords us the potential to be the best -- whatever "best" means.
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Third parties maybe have slaves, but legally we do NOT have slaves.
Segregation is un-preventable
They agreed to the terms, how are they being cheated?

--[[Your points are invalid.

Oh, and I dared. >:)

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If you get people drunk, put a gun to their head, kill their people, and then ask them to sign a paper they can barely read, in a language they only recently learned, with foreign terms that make no sense; well, you can get people to agree to a lot of things.
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DID we really? No, I don't think so.
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Yeah, you kinda did.
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not really...
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Are you kidding? The natives could of easily killed columbus before they left back to Europe, don't give me that bull.
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@Reputed: Your arguments are making less and less coherent sense.
Please explain how the natives actions towards Columbus relate to the colonization era treatment of the Native Americans.
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1. Columbus landed 2. Claimed all of the land for europe. 3. Natives allowed them
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How does this is any way excuse our treatment of them?
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Your history is a little off, we farely traded the natives money for land.
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Columbus found haiti. saw sugar canes. took some. left. never came back.
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New york, for example, was 'sold' for 24 trinkets to a dutchman. the dutchman misled the natives into believing that a) the land was to be shared
b)the 'trinkets' were a formality or a gift.
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So you admit they weren't forced to? Thought so.
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i admit that they were misled by a bunch of lying, ethnocentric, holier-than-thou colonists.
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We make a few (really big) mistakes. But look at where we are now. The "Slaves" are free, the segregated are having coffee with the rest of us. And the reservations... well, someday, we'll overcome that as well.

My point is that we used to be a nation of hope and opportunity for different groups at different times. Maybe we aren't perfect.. but we did some good when we could.

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Slavery existed since the dawn of civilization, way before the USA. The segregation of the Japanese was a protective measure due to unruly mobs.
No nation is perfect.

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Rationalising doesn't make it better.
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Who says it makes it better? If course the US is bound to have problems with racial inequality we're the only first world country which has massively diverse population. It's foolish to think any other country would do any better under our circumstances.
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Well shella, are you perfect? Then what the hell are you doing here?
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In the early days of the second world war, a general of the us army once said something to the effect of this:
"the very fact that the japanese population has not yet made any action that could be considered treasonous is the most compelling proof that such an action will take place." I hardly believe that they had trouble controlling unruly mobs.
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"We're the only first world country which has a massively diverse population." That is why we are the land of freedom and opportunity.
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See Canada; the population is equally diverse.
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US is as self-deluded as any other people. Pick and choose what they want to be known as to the world. Still, more free than most nations on Earth.

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I live in the united states I can't justify as to why my country says land of freedom and opportunity when we a country born out of racism and hatred for those from of the different ethically background

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I'm a Mexican that lives in the United States. The reason they call it that is that if you work hard there are very few limits to what you can accomplish. If you work hard enough you can have the best quality of life possible.

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awsomely said pablo
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Every country has ugly skeletons in their closets, not just America. As far as us being land of the free, that is in the eye of the beholder, some think our rights our diminishing, some think not, but regardless millions of immigrants come to this country for a reason, some swim through shark infested water to get here, and they are happy to be here.

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In the Preamble to our Constitution, the Founding Fathers wisely said that they were not creating what they thought was a perfect union (nation). They said the Constitution was being established "in order to form a more perfect union". They knew they did not have all the answers then, much less for 200 years later, but this was better that what they had been subjected to before. They saw that societies constantly evolve, and they felt they had provided a framework which would accommodate such evolution, because it spelled out how to make changes as changes are needed without the need to resort to war as had been the norm.

Here is a quote from Thomas Jefferson, one of the framers of the Constitution:
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But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.
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Our system of government isn't perfect, but the intent to be "more perfect" is always there even when we fall short.

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Excellent answer CalTex.
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Nicely done cal!
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Lets see, you bring up slavery which has been practiced time without end by nations around the world. Did we have it? Yes, and we got rid of it. By the way, we didn't sell our people into slavery which is what a lot of countries have done, including African tribes who sold their people to be slaves.
Japanese internment camps... Yes we had them and hindsight has proven them wrong but in the hysteria of a world war, governments did what they deemed necessary to protect their citizens. By the way, the US apologized and paid reparations. Does it make what we did right? No, but we had the cojones to admit we were wrong.
Reservations... Every conqueror does as they please with the conquered, that's how it worked when our "native Americans" displaced the previous people and that's how the US dealt with the ones they conquered. Reservations and atrocities practiced were unjust but again, we admitted our wrong and have been going to great lengths to make things better.
Please name me another country that willingly admits their errors and spends tons trying to make things right/better.
If you are looking for a country that has never made a mistake, you will be searching forever.
Can I assume you are making these judgements from stop your mount of perfection?

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As wrong as the Japanese internment camps were, and as wrong at it was that many Japanese citizens lost their land and possessions as a result, the only thing that can be said in defense was that had they not been removed, there is no telling what misery the inevitable vigilante justice would have been heaped upon them had they remained in the hornets' nest that was the American public during the war. They were already a target before the war just because they didn't "look" American. There was just no way the situation was not going to go badly for the Japanese at that time. Hopefully we have learned something from that sad chapter in our history.
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True cal, my German born grandmother was subjected to some of that hysteria.
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We have made mistakes, but slavery was not invented by the US. It has always existed. Many people don't realize, that the US purchased 15 million slaves from European slave traders, who originally bought many of them from competing African tribes. It was big business for many different factions. gangs , drug cartels, mafia still exploit and murder their own people to this very day. it's on going. all for profit.

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The us spends billions to stop this behavior, we have learned from our past mistakes.
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to the United States, a billion dollars is hardly a trifling amount.
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I don't expect it's a triffle anywhere these days.
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When I talk to people who come here to visit who came from communist countries they realize that in ways we are not free however we are more free then other countries so they decide to stay. So many people all over the world young and old have given up their life to have freedom. There are many groups formed to combat people being mistreated so that they can have freedom. As long as we continue to be the home of the brave we will continue to be the land of the free. (we will always stand up against terrorist who try to take that from us cause freedom is the best) In fact were so free that I would block you but Im allowing you to speek freely.

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No country is flawless. The point is we got past those distortions. I like what Boo said.

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Because we are. Hardly anywhere else on earth can you arrive poor and become rich.

I challenge you to name a country that doesn't have some skeleton in their closet or darkness in their past

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We did that to the Japanese in wwII bc we didnt know if they were spys bc we had found spys and that is why Pearl Harbor was planed perfectly.

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there were no spies found. stop believing every ounce of crock you find online.
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