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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? DIANE PEIRSON: I'm proud to be American because, while America has a shorter history than most, it is one of the richest, most diverse and colorful histories in the world. I could not imagine my youth in other countries. We traveled a lot and I went to many schools, I played with many different kids. I had it all, I had nothing and my family wouldn't have been able to do that anywhere else. I have the opportunity to give my time to my community now because of it.

Ramona Franklin Discusses Freedom and Why She's a Proud American with Aubrey AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? RAMONA FRANKLIN: Freedom reminds me of a beautifully handcrafted quilt. Each patch in the quilt symbolizes the uniqueness of one being permitted to live the way a person chooses to live without unlawful restraints. One patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom stands for one to live in the United States with the opportunity to lawfully speak his or her mind without being censored. Another patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the right of religion. The third patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom allows a woman the right to make decisions for her own body. The fourth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom allows a law abiding citizen to live anywhere they desire to live. The fifth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the ability to receive an education. The sixth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the ability for one to think as one wants without constraints. The last patch that is 32

crafted in the quilt of freedom is the right of choice. Freedom symbolizes the complete handcrafted quilt that has all of its unique and beautiful patches woven together. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? RAMONA FRANKLIN: I am proud to be an American because of the rights we are all afforded. As an American I have the right to vote and the right of religion. I do not take my right of religion for granted. So many other people in other countries do not have the right to worship their appointed gods. Here in America, I have the right to worship my God who provides for me and my family daily without any interference. I am proud to be an American because I am able to pursue my dreams, goals, desires and ambitions without restraints. I am proud to be an American because I am proud and honored to have the opportunity to be a Judicial Candidate for Harris County Criminal Court at Law # 5.

Phillip Webb Discusses Freedom and Why He's a Proud American with Aubrey AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? PHILLIP WEBB: Freedom means being able to have my own opinion and being able to voice that opinion. Freedom means being able to worship God openly. Freedom means being able to openly support and elect local, state and national leaders. Freedom means to be able to disagree with those leaders. Freedom means being able to own my own home or land and having the right to protect my home and land from trespassers who intend to seize or steal my property or harm my family. We also have the right and freedom to gain knowledge and education. James Madison, the father of our Constitution and the 4th President of the United States once said, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.“ Knowledge is freedom. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American?

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