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Lee Greenwood a song writer describes the emotion involved in Americanself-perception in a song by saying Im proud to be an American Forat least I know Im free Freedom is the founding pillar of the Americanself-perception Self-perception is the culmination of how one views oneselfOther aspects which make up American self-perception are wealth power andthe pursuance of happiness Self-perceptions whether confined to the individualor confined to an entire country usually leave out negative aspects suchas hypocrisy When dealing with the perception of a country the true imageof a society comes from self or internal perceptions combined with theexternal perceptions from other countriesThe foundation of American self-perception is freedom Freedom of speechand movement are virtual institutions in the United States Such freedomsof speech and movement are outlined in the United States Constitution Americansbelieve the constitution sketches the American Dream which is having afamily money and the freedom to pursue happiness Every American will standby the line derived from the Constitution All men are created equal Inactuality the constitution outlined the freedom for rich white landownersto achieve unchecked power and wealth At the time of the framing of theconstitution blacks were slaves thus all men were NOT created equal Womenwere equally excluded from the constitution as suffrage wasnt evena consideration at the time The only class groups which the AmericanConstitution outlined freedom for were wealthy European immigrants fleeingtheir own land for such reasons as taxes After such movements as Suffrageand Civil Rights all Americans were granted individual rights of freedomthus approaching equalityThe American self-perception of living a life of virtual complete freedomparallels the American stand on its belief of democracy Americansfeel that a democratic government is the only possible administration whichcan be deemed acceptable in todays world system Such a deep rootedbelief in democracy instills a fear and dislike of any other form of governmentLook at American policies towards the Soviet Union after the second worldwar The American enemy image of the Soviets was that of a
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