Bootstrap Americanism

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“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out.” Quoted from former President of the United States Ronald Reagan talking about hard work. In modern day America, there are so many ideologies thrown around, one that is very important to this country is “Bootstrap” Americanism. The core concept of “Bootstrap” Americanism, well noted by Reagan, is how strong values and hard work can get a person wherever he wants in today’s America. It was the basis of how this country got off its feet and into a superpower. “Bootstrap” Americanism is “going out of style” in today’s America, but it still should be what people use to get their lives going forward. “Bootstrap” Americanism embodies the core values of Americans, conservatism, self-reliance, and the American Dream. It has helped shape us into the country we are today and also shapes us into the country we will be tomorrow.
Conservatism is the opposite of liberalism and is one of the most popular political ideologies. It uses past examples of success to plan for the future. To most ideologists that obviously aren’t conservative, it is not the desired ideology
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A lot of conservatives believe in it, so I want to define conservatism to help better understand their beliefs. A big part of “Bootstrap” Americanism is self- reliance, I wish to get a better understanding of how they relate to each other. The last thing I want to touch on is the “American Dream,” many people don’t understand it and how they interpret it. These things would help Americans better understand “Bootstrap” Americanism and what they think of it. It is important to America and has helped us become the country we are today, will shape us into the country we will be

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