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In appreciation of freedomPosted Friday, December 28, 2007, at 9:51 AM
Be thankful we don't live in a country such as Pakistan where opposition leaders are murdered.
I'd hate to think what America would be like if those opposing leaders weren't tolerated and heard. And I'm unsure how much America needs to keep supporting Pakistan beyond the point necessary to protect ourselves.
Presidential candidates here are at a risk, but nowhere to the extent as in Pakistan. The vast majority of Americans have enough sense to make their points at the polls, accept the outcomes and attempt hoped-for changes without violence.
Honestly, I wonder if we Americans really appreciate our freedom.
Imagine if, for example, we had to endure checkpoints and possible robbery or murder just to travel to, say, Tullahoma.
Imagine if suicide bombers routinely attacked Wal-Mart or local restaurants.
Imagine if you couldn't read this blog or anyone else's opinion except those approved by the government (something I suspect more than a few Americans, unfortunately, would agree with).
We're fortunate to live in the United States.
And let's hope those who have arrived from other countries appreciate, or can learn to appreciate, the freedom they have in America. Even non-citizens are more free here than citizens of many countries.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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