The United States of America...

@flpoolbum (2462)
United States
March 7, 2016 3:05pm CST
For hundreds of years, people have come to the United States of America for the opportunities and freedoms that are available here. As U.S. citizens, you are free to live, raise your family, work and worship where you choose. You can lawfully express your opinions here free from fear of oppression, imprisonment, deportation or death. While enjoying all of the freedoms that this country has to offer, don't expect others to give up their freedom to fly the U.S. flag, wear patriotic clothing or hang religious symbols on our churches, among other things because it offends you. You can't have all the freedoms that you enjoy yet expect others to sacrifice their freedom because you are uncomfortable with it. You need to get over it and enjoy what you have and became a U.S. Citizen and vow your allegiance to our great country. If you can't, then perhaps the United States of America isn't the right place for you.
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@troyburns (1436)
• New Zealand
7 Mar 16
@flpoolbum - Similar sentiments are being voiced in many countries these days. The current waves of immigration are asking hard questions of us all about freedom and cultural integrity. It may not be possible to enjoy one without giving up a little of the other.
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@mythociate (14978)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
6 Apr 17
Reminds me of a quote from Ben Franklyn: "He who would give up his Liberty to gain a little Safety is deserving of neither!"
@flpoolbum (2462)
• United States
9 Apr 17
@mythociate ~That Benjamin FRANKLIN quote doesn't apply to my discussion, I am not asking anyone to give up their safety. The quote applies to things like the American Federal Government allowing surveillance of American citizens in the name of our security. That is a violation of our civil liberties. I would imagine that if Ben Franklin were alive today, he would be appalled at the way the Trump Administration treats the Press, banning journalists from the White House. I'm giessing that he would also be enraged by Trump & Congressional Republicans recently passed law allowing our Internet browsing privacy to be overturned, which allows our internet search histories be sold to anyone. That is truly surrendering our privacy for the sake of Corporate GREED!
@flpoolbum (2462)
• United States
9 Apr 17
@Troyburns ~I'm not sure exactly what you are talking about. If you are referring to Trump's Immigrant Bans, those were throw out by the courts. His bans are UNCONSTITUTIONAL! I'm sure that if challenged, the reversal of our right to privacy on the Internet would also be deemed unconstitutional. Now, more than ever, Americans must stand up and fight for the rights and freedoms that are slowly being taken away. However, this was not the topic of my discussion.
@mythociate (14978)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
6 Apr 17
The argument is that 'they who express their contrary beliefs' are thereby inflicting them upon people who don't believe- or who have no belief (for or against)-in that regard. One who doesn't have a belief in that regard is likely to agree (as they usually have no reason to disagree) and thus 'enlists the new believer in a thought-army in battle against the non-believer'---if you see something that you believe against but -that you could imagine others being convinced-of, it makes you feel like people are ganging-up on you---discomforting. Or Something Like That. Or Not.
@flpoolbum (2462)
• United States
9 Apr 17
@mythociate ~People can not come into this country and enjoy the freedoms that living here offers and object to other people enjoying the same right. That hypocritical! The ideal of America is for the same freedoms to be enjoyed all, not just a select few.
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@mythociate (14978)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
9 Apr 17
@flpoolbum But what if your "belief" is that there are "a select few" who enjoy more freedom, 'a select few' that includes (or included or will include) you and your family or ethnicity? Shouldn't that 'belief' be just as "protected" as the 'belief' that "all mankind are created equal?"