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Opinion: Thankful for What Can Happen Only in America

Nov 23, 2010 – 10:26 AM
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Alan Colmes

Alan Colmes Contributor

(Nov. 23) -- We have so much to be thankful for in America, so count me among the grateful.

I'm thankful to live in a country where you can call the president an American-hating, Kenyan-born Muslim Marxist and not in any way have to worry about the government infringing on your right to do so. You can compare the president, or anyone else, benign as they may be, to Adolf Hitler, and still live a happy life with no knock on your door at 3 a.m. by a man with a badge and a uniform.

You can become a U.S. senator even though you oppose a civil rights law that bars discrimination based on race, color or creed, as long as you downplay that belief long enough to get you elected. You can even be the elected leader of one of the branches of government and swear that your only goal is to get the leader of another branch of government out of office, regardless of what's best for the country, even after you've taken an oath to "faithfully discharge the duties" of your office.

You can use whatever media you have at your disposal to scare old people into believing that their dates of death will be determined by government panels and that giving people health care coverage will result in martial law. You can use your media platform, if you are lucky enough to have one, to tell people they'd better stock up on canned goods because Armageddon is coming.

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You can run for any office in the land, even vice president of the United States, with very little experience or understanding of policy. And if that doesn't work, you can fail upward, quit a job people elected you to do, and be rewarded with millions of dollars for attacking the people who did get elected to run the country.

If you're in the right family, you can become famous for getting pregnant out of wedlock and, even without talent, make the finals of a major television talent show, even when the judges don't like you. All you need is a famous mother whose fans call in to keep you on the show.

Yes, America is a great country, for which I am thankful. The phrase "only in America" has never been so true. Our watchwords are liberty and freedom. If there is any doubt about how free we are, what is written here should dispel that immediately.
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