Thank God!

United States
June 22, 2007 7:55am CST
Have you ever thanked God for the fortunate circumstances of your birth? You don't think you were born lucky? Well, if you are reading this, you were not born as unlucky as this fellow: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article2682332.ece Imagine being born to parents of political prisoners in North Korea while they are still in prison. Imagine growing up in that prison and not even being considered a citizen in the country of your birth. You see, the regime has a punish for 3 generations policy towards political dissentients. Further imagine not having any knowledge of the outside world except by word of mouth until you manage to escape as an adult. This is the true story of an individual to whom all of this happened. Yet, to those who say he is a hero, he tells them that he is not, but that he has known true heroes. They are still in North Korean prisons. So, should the UN have another conference about this sort of thing or should something actually be done? Does anyone else agree with me that the stifling of dissent is merely the first steps in the journey that leads to such camps?
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
22 Jun 07
A lot of American's don't realize how much freedom we have and take our rights and lives for granted. Too many people complain about our government and leaders, when they really don't have a lot to complain about. North Korea is a fine example of liberalism at it's worst. All the UN is really good for is conferences...when have they ever really done anything of substance, at least recently? The UN has turned into nothing more than a social club where the countries can gather and vote on sanctions that mean nothing. Not only does the stifling of dessent lead to camps like these...so does the levying of silly laws that intrude on personal freedom for the good of the many such as anti-smoking legislation and similar things.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
Yes, you are right. Americans will lose their rights and freedoms one little thing at a time if they are not careful.
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@MntlWard (880)
• United States
24 Jun 07
sndcain, you do realize that the US is a member of the UN, right? ;-)
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
26 Jun 07
That is an amazing story. We do tend to take our freedoms for granted or try to push our so-called rights to a new level! Another story for another day! We are indeed lucky. You said another conference? Has there been one before? I have never heard of this stuff. I sometimes live a very sheltered life, though I've been trying to read more about world happenings. Your last statement is true...when our freedom of speech is curtailed, or the option to be a whistle-blower, then many things can be pushed under the rug and ignored. As irritated as we sometimes get over the abuse of our free speech, it is better to have it than to not have it.
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• United States
26 Jun 07
As to the UN conference, I was just in general pointing out the futility of UN conferences. Every despot since WWII has been condemed by the UN. None of them have lost power as a result. The UN mostly exists to provide jobs for the relatives of diplomates assigned there.
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@MntlWard (880)
• United States
23 Jun 07
I definitely agree with you about the dangers of curbing free speech. That's why the current administration has worried me so.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
Even a lot of conservatives are upset with the current administration concerning the curbing of free speech.
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@MntlWard (880)
• United States
24 Jun 07
I've been really surprised about how much support the Bush administration has gotten from conservative groups with their suppression of free speech and other privacy issues going on. I had thought conservatives were traditionally *opposed* to big government.
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• United States
26 Jun 07
Well, Bush does not have as many conservatives fooled now as he once did.
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