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This is What Freedom Looks LikePosted Sunday, June 13, 2010, at 9:56 AM
On Fox News, Bill O'Reilley and Geraldo Rivera were talking regarding Abby Sunderland and her family. Geraldo was clearly upset and repeated several times that he believed that the heroic teenager was a "victim of child abuse."
I don't think Geraldo knows what Freedom looks like.
Geraldo contends on his own program that Abby is somehow a "victim" of her mean ole dad, and means to show evidence that young Abby was bullied into making a trip she did not want.
I have read entries in her blog, and heard Abby's interviews, this young and spirited adventurer was not bullied into anything. This is a unique family. Abby's brother had sailed around the world.
But what I found interesting in Geraldo's attack on Abby's father was this statement. "This is a weird family. The father homes schools seven kids..."
His true bias and objection comes out. Folks like Geraldo get irritated when people don't live within their prescribed box.
Who died and appointed Geraldo Rivera the lord god of raising kids?
I am impressed by the spirit of this family. I don't care if the Dad turns out to be a hard***, this family shows some independent thought, life and action.
This kind of spirit needs to be celebrated and encouraged.
If this young woman is old enough to go decide, with or without pressure from others, to terminate the life of her baby, she is damn well old enough to try and sail around the world. And the case of her adventure, she did have the support and help of her family.
This is what freedom looks like.
If you take Geraldo's point further, can you say that parents who let their teenage boys and girls participate in motocross races are engaging in child abuse. You can suffer serious injury and death in motocross even with all the safety gear.
To all of you, young and old, let no one put you in a box. Challenge life and thereby challenge yourself.
Is it not better to be free for a short time, than a slave for a long time?
The future is what YOU make it. None of us need Geraldo Rivera looking over our shoulders to make sure we perform within his prison.
What Abby Sunderland and her family have clearly demonstrated is the best of the human spirit, the willingness to dare, to risk all to accomplish something wonderful.
God Bless you Abby Sunderland. I hope you get another shot at your dream.
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