America is the Land of Opportunity
America is the land of opportunity. Anyone in America can grow up to be President, or be a US Congressman or a US senator. All it takes is a little hard work. They playing field is level. There is no reason that any one of the people in this room could not one day be sitting in the halls of Congress, in the Oval Office or on the bench of the US Supreme Court.
As much as we would all like to agree with the statement above I am sorry to say that I disagree with it. After listening to others in class and researching on my own it is clear to say that the average citizen does not meet the same qualifications, has the same background, and education as some of the Congressmen/Senators/Presidents.
Everyone as a US citizen is entitled to become whatever they wish, however I think one of the hardest things to get involved with is the US government. Not only do you have to have an outstanding education but you have to be someone that the citizens of the US feel comfortable listening to and taking directions from. Much of the research shows that many of these politicians attended Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and other top colleges in the US. This isn't saying that it is not possible for any person to receive this education but how many people do you know that get into these schools. Also many of the politicians have a family background of there parents, grandparents, or even great grandparents being in office or serving a role as a govt. official.
If you look back in time you will see the majority of Senators and Congressmen are middle aged white males, and there has yet to be a black or female president. Many ask the question why this is so, I believe that the typical image of the successful person in the US is a white male with a high education and a great family background. I'm sure there are plenty of females and other individuals from certain races that would be perfectly f