Authored by: Jana Bennun
I have this feeling that something very wrong is going on in this country. See, I don’t worry about my European home country – people there are used to living without freedoms; they don’t speak up, they don’t demand anything, they allow government to govern their life. Under the former Soviet Union they also trusted their doctors injecting vaccines in their children .
Even as a very young teenager I knew that my country was not the country of the “free and brave” people. I learned about USA back then through soviet propaganda. Them badmouthing the USA , I started to admire it, the USA had everything I dreamed of; freedom of speech, freedom of bearing arms, and all the opportunities in the world. I saw USA as a country of strong people, brave people and I dreamed of being an American. While my girlfriends had portraits of pop singers on their bedroom walls, I had on mine an American flag .( big mistake, I got in trouble for this)
My girlfriends in high school talked only about boys and their only aspirations were to become wives and mothers as soon as possible… I dreamed of escaping to USA And live my life as a free person. No wonder, my family was always persecuted under communism , our apartment was bugged and we were prohibited to hold any religious meetings. I remember my mother being questioned by the police once because the neighbor saw too many shoes in front of our door . So she called police, just in case there may be some kind of religious meeting in our apartment. (In Eastern Europe it is a custom to remove your shoes before entering a home)
At last, after finishing nursing school and working in a local hospital for few months..an exciting opportunity came my way. I was able to go to the USA! I came alone at first, with only twenty dollars in my pocket and no English. My nursing degree was not honored in the US, so I had to resort to cleaning houses for a living. I did not mind, I was willing to do anything just to be in USA.
I lost sleep rather choosing to study the English language by nights and worked a lot during the day. Sometimes I cleaned three big houses a day and at the end of the day I vomited from severe exhaustion. But still, I was so happy because I was in the USA – my dream had come true!
My father called me one day and asked me to come home. He did not like me cleaning houses, after all I was highly educated – at that time my nursing education was an honorable position in my country. Plus, before coming to US I had applied to the prestigious Charles University to study medicine. I had completed my entrance exams before leaving East Europe. When my dad called me that day, he had a pretty exciting news for me … I was accepted to the University to become a medical doctor! Yet I told my father. ..” I am sorry, I can’t leave America. I rather clean houses here but at least I am a free person” and I informed my dad about my huge plans: How one day I will enter an American University and live a happy life as an American. I even told him I will bring him and my mom to the United States,
and that I did….
… there is so much more I could write…
So why do I tell you all this?
BECAUSE I SEE THAT AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT AWAKE.
because your freedoms are trampled upon and You and I are about to loose all of our rights. Yes I say our rights because I too am now and American citizen and have been for 20 years.
If we don’t do something now, the results will be horrific.
I came to this country as a very very young woman, on my own, with no language, no family, no help and no money. I came for freedom and opportunities. On the day I became a citizen here I was very proud of it. I knew that WHAT YOU HAD as American people is unique. You had a constitution. You had freedom!
Please don’t give this up. Speak up. Watch for Trump and don’t let your love for him blind you. He is only a man and he is making severe mistakes.
Please guard your freedom.