Are things perfect? No
I am grateful to God for being born an American with the ability to live free.
Are things perfect? No
I know that many focus on an inconsistent Government, or things that occurred in the past, but what I see after traveling in much of the world is that we are FREE!!!!
2/3 of our world lives in extreme poverty and have NO CHOICE in much of what they do. Their governments offer no rescue of any type (no welfare, special kids programs, stimulus packages, income tax, social security, etc.) It really is crazy when you think about it. A man or woman in much of the world will bathe in the nearest river, live from river bank to river bank, and even in the absence of 1 or more limb in some cases.
I am sure this probably seems to be of exaggeration, but I am not at all. I am sad when I see so many children at night in the cities who’s parents had to leave them on their own, selling their bodies, and begging for enough money to get high to get over the pain and more…
So yes, I know I am free even though I am black and my forefathers/mothers were slaves.
Yes I am free even though there are places that would not serve my family in the south when growing up because of our color.
Yes I am free even though my father was often called “Boy” and could only get jobs as a helper because his knowledge and craft were not recognized.
Yes I free even though there are many things that are not perfect with my country, and or the people running it.
Free to be whatever I want to be because I was taught that because I live in the USA whatever I become has more to do with me that whoever is in power of government.
Free to work and run several major companies and a consultant firm and travel all over the world as a FREE man, not as a black man who is being held back.
Free to know that in my life time much of our world was under a dictatorship where travel, vocation, commerce, and more were limited. Walls have since then come down, elections have been going on, and other countries are getting closer to achieve what I have had all my life in spite of non-perfect race relations.
Free to worship and serve God as I choose knowing that in many countries even today men and woman are executed for such beliefs.
Yes grateful for all of the lives that were sacrificed so that I can enjoy such freedoms
Yes grateful for all the my parents gave up so that my brother’s and I could live out the dream of free people, even though they never were able to enjoy much themselves.
There were 7 boys and we were stair-step children.
For example: I am the same age as my brother Derrick on his birthday in September, and then on November 13, I am the same age as my brother Rob until his birthday in Dec.
Dad and brothers just a few months before we lost our mother who passed away with Alzheimer’s
I am grateful that I didn’t listen to the educational system when I was told that I was slow and was placed into special education. I am so grateful that I was able to go to College in my 30’s and get my undergrad in Biology/Chemistry, and then graduate when I was 40 with a Master’s In Business Administration!
I am grateful that I had the opportunity to serve my country in the United States army and now retired with full benefits.
Grateful to offer my wife and children the best of me without government interference deterring how many children we can have, or even what vocation I would have. I was given the opportunity to live my life as my parents told me was possible.
Now does that sound like someone who is not free and bound by their government?
Understand born in most other countries my life would be valuable but certainly I may have missed much of what the freedom allowed.
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I have posted below more pictures below of this free life that I am able to enjoy because of the price of so many others who have gone before me.