To The Daily Sun,
Last Thursday there was a ceremony in Manchester where a group of immigrants became Americans. Now this may not seem much to most of you, but one of these people is a friend of mine. He was telling me about the things he had to go through to get to this point. I knew all of this because I went through this 35 years ago with my first wife, who was French. I was thinking about all the bureaucratic machinations that he had to go through. Some were easy and some not so. Then I thought the most difficult decision he had to make was to take the first step. To consciously make the decision to pack your bags, leave the country of you birth, the life you had there, all in search of a better life in America.
I was in the military for a while and I was stationed in Europe a couple of times. Fortunately for me I was not a barracks rat, I traveled extensively throughout Europe while I was there, both as a single guy and later as a married man. I met some wonderful people and saw some amazing things, none of which I would trade for all the gold on Wall Street. What I saw first hand was the freedoms that we as Americans have as compared to the rest of the world.
My new American friend and I have talked about this many, many times. We are in agreement that the average American does not have the slightest idea what real freedoms Americans actually have. The tragedy in France is a perfect example. More that a 120 people were massacred by eight radical Islamic terrorist thugs. France's answer was to declare martial law and suspend certain rights for the average French citizen. We fought a revolution 240 years ago over this same issue, the British army forcing their way into colonial homes.
We had over 3,000 people massacred during 9/11 by another group of radical Islamic thugs and the U.S. did not declare martial law and suspend any rights. Reagan was right! We live in a shinning city on a hill and this is the reason people from all over the world come here seeking freedom.
So to my friend, congratulations — American!
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