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Richard Wilson, already a great American


A Column by the Editor
web posted July 14, 2008
COLUMN – My wife I were honored to attend the celebration of Richard Wilson becoming a citizen of the United States of America on Saturday. Watching and listening to Richard speak on what it means to him to finally be an American was heartfelt and moving. Almost everyone, at some point during his speech, reached up to wipe tears from their eyes. It was then that it dawned on me that those who seek for years to legally become an American citizen have a better grasp of what it means than some of those who are born into the privilege.

Too often “American born” means that one takes the freedoms they have for granted, mainly because they have never been denied their freedoms. Moreover because they never had to do anything to receive freedom other than being born, save those who serve to protect our country by serving in the military.

No, hearing the words from one who truly understands why being an American is so special was a great lesson to all. Many are glad to be an American, Richard Wilson cherishes it, yearned for it, and spent years making his dream- the American Dream- a reality.

I am not saying that only a new citizen understands what it is to be an American, but I am saying that Richard has a far better grasp of the situation than most we see in our society. I can honestly say that Richard Wilson made me proud that he is a fellow citizen of these United States of America.

My first words of advice to Richard - go register to vote. The United States, South Carolina, and Edgefield County needs you.





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