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When I was in fourth grade a Jewish man visited my school to talk about his experiences during the Holocaust However his account of his time spent in the consecration camps was not what made my eyes to tear up that day He related that when he was a young boy he and his friends thought that in America money grew on trees He said that growing up in Czechoslovakia he always dreamed of coming to America and living the American dream I could see the tears well up in his eyes and could hear the tremble in his voice when he began to tell us how lucky we were to be born in the USA because it is the best country in the world This was the first time when I realized how enormously blessed I am to be an American I am so privileged to have never experienced the agony of persecution the danger of combat the loneliness of imprisonment or the pangs of starvation Torture has never been something I worried about I have a good house and have plenty to eat I can go to church without worrying about getting arrested or harassed Im attending college majoring in professional writing and editing while millions of people cant even read I own a computer something that I view as a necessity while countless others have never used or even seen one Things that I view as rights and essentials such as freedom of speech or access to clean water are inaccessible luxuries to much of the world However I feel that these things shouldnt have to be luxuries We should be more open with our immigration so that we can share our amber waves of grain with the starving our public education system with the illiterate and our health care with the sick Everyone should be able attend church meeting without fear of persecution and go to bed at night without
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