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This is What Freedom Looks Like

Posted Sunday, June 13, 2010, at 9:56 AM

I was sure glad to hear that young Abby Sunderland was rescued in the Indian Ocean. The American teen was attempting to become the youngest woman to sail around the world - solo.

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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-- Posted by orville on Fri, Jun 18, 2010, at 12:26 PM

Sorry Guill,I don't read.I can of course but don't.Don't take the time.You see I work every day and enjoy it.I my spend a couple of minutes reading the paper or these blogs.Plus I'm proud to be a country hick as you call it.Have not read a book since I left school at 16 back in 76...I own my home and every thing I have and owe no one..So please do not call me a CON-BOT..THX..

-- Posted by orville on Fri, Jun 18, 2010, at 11:38 AM

Mr.Loud,to live in today's world you have to be.Just wish more people would get that old common sense,common courtesy and respect for others back.And no books are going to teach that...

-- Posted by orville on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 8:14 PM


-- Posted by orville on Wed, Jun 16, 2010, at 5:22 PM

Entertain yourselves.Larry,Moe and Curly...lol

-- Posted by orville on Wed, Jun 16, 2010, at 12:04 PM

Please, no sweet heart crap you don't know me!

-- Posted by orville on Tue, Jun 15, 2010, at 9:25 AM

I know Mr.Loud.Just seeing how stirred up you can get...LOL...

-- Posted by orville on Tue, Jun 15, 2010, at 3:54 AM

I agree, Sam,but if we the American people keep letting the Government go the way it's going this will be taken away from us too! Not just today's government, most before and after this one....Has anyone ever notice that there are no American flags behind Obama when he gives a speeches..:(

-- Posted by orville on Mon, Jun 14, 2010, at 8:49 AM

I personally loved the story of Abby Sunderland and was hoping that she would make the trek around the world. Unfortunately the weather had different plans.

With the situation with Geraldo, it sounds to me like Geraldo (possibly going back to his days when he had his own talk show) was trying to make a story where there was none.

I agree, Sam, Abby is what freedom looks like.

-- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Sun, Jun 13, 2010, at 7:12 PM

That failed experience probably taught Abby Sunderland more about herself than thirty 'normal' years of acceptable Social behavior. Even though not 'alone,' I learned much about 'Self' where you know that if something goes dreadfully wrong, only God can save you, and whether or not we be worth the saving.

Thanks for the article Sam. I agree, Geraldo, does play the emotional strings, for his followers.

Indian Ocean: The most beautiful sun-rises, and settings, I have ever seen, especially when 'Glassy Smooth.' Yeee-Haaa!!!

-- Posted by Navyblue on Sun, Jun 13, 2010, at 5:18 PM

You wrote some days ago about Audie Murphy. How old was he when defending his country? 16? 17? We most certainly need to accept and nurture that part of us that wants to climb mountains and cross oceans. I actually marvel at this kid.

-- Posted by Leo.Pold on Sun, Jun 13, 2010, at 1:00 PM

Inspiring Sam, absolutely inspiring!

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Jun 13, 2010, at 12:27 PM

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