America, “A city upon a hill”
The United States of America is considered the “a city upon a hill” because of it contribution to human kind in the fields of democracy and freedom, technology, generosity, medicine, economy and entertainment.
In the area of democracy, America is regarded a beacon of democracy. It’s true that the idea of free government is Greece, but America perfected the ideal of democracy and has in many ways promoted it around the world.
According to the Council on Foreign relations, the United States uses several channels to promote democracy around the world. Such channels include the use of United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL); and Millennium Challenge Corporation, which is tasked with providing funds to nations that meet certain democratic standards. The desire to receive financial assistance from America forces many countries to adhere to some basic democratic ideals.
As far as freedom is concerned, Americans are free to choose what god they worship, express their ideas without fear of being persecuted, live anywhere, send their children to school of their choice, to mention but a few. The Bills of Rights protect American from police, and the government.
For instance, First Amendment states “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”, Cornel Law School. Women in America in practical terms have the same rights as men. Despite the dark history of slavery, American freedom still stands of head among shoulders.
Technological advancement in the modern time has been done mostly by Americans. For example, Computer History Museum credits Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense, for laying the groundwork for what become the ARPANET and, much later, the Internet.
Although German inventor, Paul Nipkow discovered scanning disk which lead to experiment that lead to transmission of images, the discovery of television was done by an American, Farnsworth, who transmitted the first television picture electronically. Campel et al (2007).
Americans continue to dominate the technological inventions even today as evidenced by the creation of search engines Google, social networks like, Facebook, MySpace, to mention but a few. It’s this industrious spirit that explains why America has the biggest and the most technologically advanced economy worth $ 14.26 billion, as cited in CIA Facts Book 2009.
Culturally, America is the country with people from all over the world living together in harmony. The remarkable, unique and culturally diverse qualities of the United States of America serve as an example to countries around the world on how to live in diversity.
Raymond L. Cohn, Illinois State University describes America as a land of immigrant, adding that almost every American descended from someone who arrived from another country. It is a dream for many people around the world to come and live in the United States and some risk everything in order to come to this great country.