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"34 Glorious,American Years that Iíve lived in America"
alarming news ^ | Karol

Posted on 07/23/2012 5:33:43 PM PDT by djone

Every year on July 20th, I celebrate the day my mother and I arrived in America. In 1977, the year I was born and the year my father, his mother, his aunt and many other Jews left the Soviet Union (my mother and I left in 1978), the Soviet propaganda machine began circulating a rumor. It went, roughly: life in America is so terrible that the old people eat cat food. This was…perplexing. People didn’t quite get it: they have food specifically made for cats in America? What a country!

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TOPICS: History; Society
KEYWORDS: anniversary; immigration
A lot of things about America remained beyond their comprehension.

A week after my father arrived in New York, he and a friend were walking around Manhattan in pure wonder. They got to midtown and stood in front of Bloomingdale’s watching well-dressed people come in and out. They discussed it amongst themselves that they would obviously have to show evidence that they had money, or proof of income, or some other paperwork to get inside. Surely this store for the wealthy wouldn’t just let them in. They watched and watched but didn’t see people getting stopped. They walked slowly through the doors and found no one gave them a second look.

There’s a feeling in America today that there isn’t equality until any of us can walk into Bloomingdale’s and buy whatever we want. The two men standing there in 1977 weren’t thinking that it was unfair they couldn’t wear the same clothes as the beautiful people around them, they were just grateful for the opportunity to try. They had left a place where that opportunity simply didn’t exist. You were born poor and you would die poor–everyone would. You could gain influence in your life and that might get you small victories–instead of being assigned to practice your profession in Siberia you might get lucky and get sent to a capital city. Perhaps you, your wife, your child, your parents and other relatives could have your own apartment, one you wouldn’t have to share with another family. Those were your wins.

It’s hard for Americans, even the ones who see America’s greatness and love this country for it, to understand the lack of opportunity that my family left. As Communism retreats into the rear-view mirror of history it’s easy to gloss over the everyday ways that Communism is meant to crush the individual and make everyone equal–equally poor, equally scared, equally hopeless.

If you’ve always lived in a country where companies make food specifically for cats then you’ve known an abundance that my family couldn’t even begin to imagine while they waited to be free. They wanted to say and do whatever they wanted, to live freely, to be allowed to earn as much money as they could, to keep their family safe from murderous ideologies and monster rulers. They just wanted the chance. Success isn’t guaranteed to anyone, and they knew this, but only if you come from a land of opportunity do you ever imagine that it’s even possible.

This year marks 34 years that I’ve lived in America. Even in the toughest times, in its darkest days, the times where we all might feel pessimistic about our collective future, we’re all so blessed to be here. On each July 20th I remember exactly how blessed.

1 posted on 07/23/2012 5:33:47 PM PDT by djone
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To: djone

Happy Anniversary, djone! I am glad you’re here!!


2 posted on 07/23/2012 5:42:34 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: djone
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3 posted on 07/23/2012 5:47:32 PM PDT by BreezyDog (PLAN A: A Peaceful Restoration of the Republic.....PLAN B: A Restoration of the Republic)
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To: djone

My ship docked at Hoboken, NJ exactly on December 25, 1956.

I was one scared, lonely and homesick 20-year old.

I now shudder to think if had not made that glorious and fateful decision to cross the Atlantic.


4 posted on 07/23/2012 6:02:07 PM PDT by 353FMG
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In 1976 Viktor Belenko, a Soviet fighter pilot, defected to Japan in a Mig 25. He was subsequently taken to the U.S. In the book “MIG Pilot” he tells of the wonder and amazement of seeing everyday going’s on in America. His visit to a suburban Washington shopping center was much the same as djone writes about her father in front of Bloomingdale’s. The supermarket was Viktor’s Bloomingdale’s. He couldn’t believe the selection of products, particularly fresh meet that was, imagine this, “wrapped in plastic so that the customer could it for freshness and quality”. Lastly he commented on the fact that there was no odor of spoiled and rotten food.

It’s a great read and one that I think is germaine today.


5 posted on 07/23/2012 6:19:22 PM PDT by technically right
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life in America is so terrible that the old people eat cat food.

Maybe the Soviets got that propaganda from the democrat party. They have said basically the same thing. I always knew there were many similarities between communism and the democrat party.

6 posted on 07/23/2012 6:48:47 PM PDT by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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Happy anniversary....this touched me so much. I forget, sometimes, I really do. Thank you for reminding me and for loving this country like you do.


7 posted on 07/23/2012 7:02:49 PM PDT by mpackard (Read my Lip-Stick)
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Delightful! So glad you are here and see America for the wonderful place it is, too many of our own citizens don’t feel that way.


8 posted on 07/23/2012 7:12:03 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: 353FMG

So glad you made the trip!


9 posted on 07/23/2012 7:13:50 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: djone

This is hilarious.

My wife is from China. Her aunt, who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution, was told “Americans hate their leaders, they throw eggs and tomatoes at them.”

At the time she thought - America must be far better than China if they have extra food (especially eggs!) to throw. I wish someone was throwing eggs at me!


10 posted on 07/23/2012 7:23:47 PM PDT by PGR88
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China is now rising and they own the U.S.

What do we have in the U.S. now , just debt. The U.S. is living on debt and wealth built up in the past, past glories. We are in decline. Politicians let China produce everything and now China owns U.s. politicians.


11 posted on 07/23/2012 7:29:28 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: technically right

I read that book. I guess for anyone like Belenko coming from a third-world country like the old Soviet Union to America must have like stepping into Oz.


12 posted on 07/23/2012 7:49:28 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: technically right

Back in the early 1990s there was an exchange student from Russia at our school. My daughter took her to Walmart and her eyes got big as saucers! She could not believe all we had in the US.


13 posted on 07/23/2012 9:38:25 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: djone

Thank you for sharing. We should all celebrate our blessings! Whether we came by boat, met the boat; whether the arrival was through Ellis Island, San Francisco or GalVESton....we ALL have much to appreciate.


14 posted on 07/24/2012 7:04:36 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: djone

THank you for a great read and for this pogniant reminded of what a great country we live in and how blessed we American’s are.

Your story should be read by everyone to remind all about what we have and why we should fight tooth and nail to keep this country just as it is so more people like your family have the opportunity to come here and experience their own “Bloomingdale’s moment”.


15 posted on 07/24/2012 7:16:44 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Ditter

Thanks, so am I.


16 posted on 07/24/2012 8:21:24 AM PDT by 353FMG
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