American Identity Five traits all great Americans Possess


To be innovative is to think differently. Being innovative is always a good trait to have because it allows good ideas to emerge. One of the most innovative presidents we've ever had in the United States is Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR was innovative because of the New Deal that got the US out of the Great Depression with the New Deal. A character from the Bible who possesses this trait is Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was an innovative person because he introduced this radical idea of being saved by believing in him.

Outspoken / Not Scared of Opposition

What this means is to stand up for what you believe in to be right. For most Americans, I just perfectly described Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK was outspoken on the issue of racism in most of 20th century America. He was so progressive in his cause, that he ended up losing his life over it. A biblical character that was outspoken was Moses. Moses stood up to Pharaoh and demanded that he let his people (the Israelites) out of slavery.

King was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting the treatment of African Americans.


To be fair is to take a stand against an injustice. A great representative of fair Americans is Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln ultimately ended legal slavery in the United States of America. A fair biblical character is Samson. Samson was a supernaturally strong man who was strong because of his hair. He was sent by God to deliver Israel from Philistine. Samson's wife and father-in-law were killed by the Philistines, had his hair cut by the Philistines, and was blinded by the Philistines. And on top of all that, the Philistines ruled Israel with an iron fist. One day Samson was brought to the royal temple to entertain an audience of Philistines. He prayed that God give him strength one last time to get revenge on them for all that they had done against him and his nation. His prayer was granted and he destroyed the temple in a great act of self-sacrifice.


A sense of gratitude is essential to being a good American because a citizen always has to remember how privileged they are to live here. After reading that, there should be one man that comes to everyone's mind: John McCain. John McCain is a current Republican Senator from Arizona, former Presidential Candidate, and former prisoner of war. Senator John McCain fought in the Vietnam War and was captured and held in North Vietnam for five and a half years as a prisoner of war. He was forced to labor all day and was tortured when he didn't comply. He still limps today as a result of the way he was treated in camps. When you want to find a grateful character of the Bible, David is the obvious choice. David trusted God his entire life and when he became involved with Bathsheba, he immediately begged for forgiveness from God.

The future senator being greeted by President Nixon upon his return to the United States.

Desire for Unity

A desire for unity is important because we all have to settle disputes in a civil, peaceful, otherwise nothing gets accomplished. A desire for unity is fundamental in this concept, and without it everyone would be in a state of constant conflict and anger. I think a great American who has a strong desire for unity is former President Jimmy Carter. During his presidency an infamous incident took place in Iran in the year 1979. This incident is known as the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis. The crisis began on November 4, 1979 when a group of Iranian students took over the United States's embassy in Tehran and seized 66 Americans hostage. President Carter didn't sleep for days at a time negotiating with the Iran's Shah on the release of the 52 hostages (14 were sent home due to illness and other factors) and after 444 days on January 21, 1981, the hostages were finally released hours after Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States. On the biblical flip side, a character that strongly desired unity was Abraham. Abraham's desire for unity is especially significant because of his two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. They would go on to start the biggest religious rivalry of all time, but Abraham still loved his sons as well as each and everyone of his descendants, no matter how numerous.

Hostages finally land in America after being held hostage in Iran for 444 days, moments before meeting President Carter.

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