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tries strive to be. And I am proud to be a citizen of such an amazing, sublime country. God has blessed America, and may God continue to do so!

Judge Jeff Shadwick Discusses Freedom and Why He's a Proud American with Aubrey AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? JUDGE JEFF SHADWICK: Freedom is the right and power to act, but really freedom comes with a duty and responsibility to self and others. Freedom must be exercised and fought for by each generation to prevent a loss of freedom and slide into tyranny. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE JEFF SHADWICK: I am proud to be an American because we are the only country, ever, to be founded upon an idea rather than geography or ethnicity. The idea is that all men are created equal; that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All anyone has to do is "buy in" to become an American. You cannot become French, or become Chinese, but you can become American. It is the origin of our country around an idea that makes this so. America is the greatest force for good in history. I am proud of that.

Nikita Harmon Discusses Freedom and Why She's a Proud American with Aubrey AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? NIKITA HARMON: No idea is more fundamental to me as an American and as an individual than freedom. Freedom means the 30

power or right to act, speak, or think freely without governmental hindrance or restraint. It means that you can have your own opinion and that you can share that opinion with other people even if they don’t agree with you. Freedom does not mean the absence of authority or the right to do whatever one pleased—far from it. However, it entails the privileges enumerated in the Bill of Rights— freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and religion. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? NIKITA HARMON: I am proud to be an American because freedom here is a reality unlike many foreign countries. I am proud to be an American because children are free to pursue their dreams, to celebrate their successes and to rise to try again when they fail. I am also proud because Americans have been able to maintain a free society in a time of terrorism and war. As an American, I have the freedom of choice whereas in other countries their people do not have the choices that we have as Americans. American is a nation that believes in opportunity for all. One’s success isn’t always determined by the circumstances of one’s birth. In America, it is determined by each individual with the help of an American society that's committed to everyone succeeding.

Kim Ogg Discusses Freedom and Why She's a Proud American with Aubrey AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? KIM OGG: Freedom is individual and societal independence from oppression. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? KIM OGG: I am proud to be an American because of our individual and societal independence.

ONE AMERICA "Leaders Celebrating Freedom Together Series" in Houston Business Connections Magazine  

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