Big 3o anniversary and thoughts on changes over time to 2a and freedoms

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This afternoon, 30 years ago, I looked through the plane window on my right and saw the coast of America for the first time. That was my second birthday, one that I actually remember in vivid details, unlike the first one. Humans remember small changes of higher contrast, rather than bigger changes that happen gradually, and this is why it’s worth to look back where we were to understand what our kids will live in.

We came here as refugees and out of necessity … not to die. Indeed we came very close more than a few times (and still having scars to prove it) but somehow escaped the fate of few of our close friends. So it wasn’t much of a choice. They were different times, nothing like today. No one had it easy. Some of the guys from my ESL club basically had US servicemen fathers, clear threat of death from the commies and still spent decades on the run and in refugees camps (nightmare fuel) trying to get into US, not for financial gain but simply have a place to exist in peace. This was the time when the whole concept of immigrating to another country was difficult at best. A stark contrast.

I can’t say that the whole “experience” was great. In fact it sucked, a lot and on many levels. If you are coming from a shithole, a mere sanitation would be an improvement. The last couple of years in the Soviet paradise we were pretty much to homeless, slept in abandoned buildings and airports, but we knew it wasn’t norm, it wasn’t always like that for us, in fact we were slightly above average before getting caught well into commie persecution machine. At a new and foreign place, it took years to start learning the language, customs, laws, all the shit you take for granted. I started reading at 4, read a lot, not in English, and now I had trouble expressing simple concepts. No internet or communication with outside world, depression, those were small potatoes. The financial assistance was as expected stolen and program admin eventually went to jail, a few decades later on embezzlement charges. The poor families were given paper stubs for free lunches, which was the reason I never ate at school, I also walked two miles to school in any weather on foot, because f*** your handouts, that’s why.

We can talk about the “experience” a lot, but the relevant things I want to touch on, was America 30 years ago, because I do remember it just as it was, like today, always had. We ended up in … Burlington, VT. 30 years ago, it was a shit place, depressing when you are at the bottom. If you think of it as the hippie capital, you are wrong. There was a gun shop off the Main St. and you could legit go in and buy gun and ammo on a whim. The general attitude toward any foreigners wasn’t all that accepting, and I mean people have walked out to me several times and asked to speak English or GTFO … and last time I was simply trying to talk to a Bulgarian friend in a language other than English. Yeah, people were red neck, intolerant and didn’t have reservations to let you know about it. In fact New Hampshire today is weak sauce compared to the most liberal town of Vermont, 30 years ago.

So I went to High School, our Chemistry teacher used to bring guns to school because he was WWII and colonial nut. He left them in the corner of a room between classes, unattended and no locks. I don't mean just muskets, I mean real codified "high capacity assault" rifles with "clips" like a M1 Garand that actually and highly probably killed people. No one gave shit or worried about the gun ploting murders. The only photo I have left from my High School times was me, him and the Garand. When I find it, I post.

There are two extremes for people’s outlook on life. One is that in long term we are all dead, sun goes supernova … the other is people not giving a f*** and just hitting snooze continuously all their life, living in the moment and enjoying their next year, next five years in peace or having their 2a rights not taken by tyrants or illegitimately “elected” POSs. Most of you younger f***ers here won’t get it, no matter how I say it. You will get it when you get older, when you have your first kid. If you are honest with yourself, you can look back to see how your attitude toward life/death and your family changed. Freedom is worth fighting for for your kids and 2a is just a canary in our coal mine under the swamp.



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So what’s the point? I don’t f***ing know, and no, this is not a rant in case you are eager to rate OP shit. I don’t know the point, because I’m just sad to see how over such a short period of time shit has deteriorated so bad on so many fronts. I don’t have any solutions. If you must rate OP, rate it on depression inducing scale.
 

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This afternoon, 30 years ago, I looked through the plane window on my right and saw the coast of America for the first time. That was my second birthday, one that I actually remember in vivid details, unlike the first one. Humans remember small changes of higher contrast, rather than bigger changes that happen gradually, and this is why it’s worth to look back where we were to understand what our kids will live in.

We came here as refugees and out of necessity … not to die. Indeed we came very close more than a few times (and still having scars to prove it) but somehow escaped the fate of few of our close friends. So it wasn’t much of a choice. They were different times, nothing like today. No one had it easy. Some of the guys from my ESL club basically had US servicemen fathers, clear threat of death from the commies and still spent decades on the run and in refugees camps (nightmare fuel) trying to get into US, not for financial gain but simply have a place to exist in peace. This was the time when the whole concept of immigrating to another country was difficult at best. A stark contrast.

I can’t say that the whole “experience” was great. In fact it sucked, a lot and on many levels. If you are coming from a shithole, a mere sanitation would be an improvement. The last couple of years in the Soviet paradise we were pretty much to homeless, slept in abandoned buildings and airports, but we knew it wasn’t norm, it wasn’t always like that for us, in fact we were slightly above average before getting caught well into commie persecution machine. At a new and foreign place, it took years to start learning the language, customs, laws, all the shit you take for granted. I started reading at 4, read a lot, not in English, and now I had trouble expressing simple concepts. No internet or communication with outside world, depression, those were small potatoes. The financial assistance was as expected stolen and program admin eventually went to jail, a few decades later on embezzlement charges. The poor families were given paper stubs for free lunches, which was the reason I never ate at school, I also walked two miles to school in any weather on foot, because f*** your handouts, that’s why.

We can talk about the “experience” a lot, but the relevant things I want to touch on, was America 30 years ago, because I do remember it just as it was, like today, always had. We ended up in … Burlington, VT. 30 years ago, it was a shit place, depressing when you are at the bottom. If you think of it as the hippie capital, you are wrong. There was a gun shop off the Main St. and you could legit go in and buy gun and ammo on a whim. The general attitude toward any foreigners wasn’t all that accepting, and I mean people have walked out to me several times and asked to speak English or GTFO … and last time I was simply trying to talk to a Bulgarian friend in a language other than English. Yeah, people were red neck, intolerant and didn’t have reservations to let you know about it. In fact New Hampshire today is weak sauce compared to the most liberal town of Vermont, 30 years ago.

So I went to High School, our Chemistry teacher used to bring guns to school because he was WWII and colonial nut. He left them in the corner of a room between classes, unattended and no locks. I don't mean just muskets, I mean real codified "high capacity assault" rifles with "clips" like a M1 Garand that actually and highly probably killed people. No one gave shit or worried about the gun ploting murders. The only photo I have left from my High School times was me, him and the Garand. When I find it, I post.

There are two extremes for people’s outlook on life. One is that in long term we are all dead, sun goes supernova … the other is people not giving a f*** and just hitting snooze continuously all their life, living in the moment and enjoying their next year, next five years in peace or having their 2a rights not taken by tyrants or illegitimately “elected” POSs. Most of you younger f***ers here won’t get it, no matter how I say it. You will get it when you get older, when you have your first kid. If you are honest with yourself, you can look back to see how your attitude toward life/death and your family changed. Freedom is worth fighting for for your kids and 2a is just a canary in our coal mine under the swamp.



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So what’s the point? I don’t f***ing know, and no, this is not a rant in case you are eager to rate OP shit. I don’t know the point, because I’m just sad to see how over such a short period of time shit has deteriorated so bad on so many fronts. I don’t have any solutions. If you must rate OP, rate it on depression inducing scale.
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Btw. I had a wonderful conversation with my Lyft driver on my way to miami airport. I asked him what country he’s from. He said Cuba. I said glad you’re here working hard and making money. He said it’s not about the money...it’s about freedom. Then he started talking about Cuban communist history and castros relationships with Stalin. He repeatedly said how much he loves this country and how beautiful our story is. He sounded very educated on the subject, especially how this county is in great danger because of our freedoms and rights we ask to be stripped from us. He couldn’t believe how ignorant Americans were of the history of socialist/communist countries. It was so refreshing to hear him speak. And he got his citizenship 2 weeks ago. Awesome guy and I hope I meet more Patriots like him.
 

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This afternoon, 30 years ago, I looked through the plane window on my right and saw the coast of America for the first time. That was my second birthday, one that I actually remember in vivid details, unlike the first one. Humans remember small changes of higher contrast, rather than bigger changes that happen gradually, and this is why it’s worth to look back where we were to understand what our kids will live in.

We came here as refugees and out of necessity … not to die. Indeed we came very close more than a few times (and still having scars to prove it) but somehow escaped the fate of few of our close friends. So it wasn’t much of a choice. They were different times, nothing like today. No one had it easy. Some of the guys from my ESL club basically had US servicemen fathers, clear threat of death from the commies and still spent decades on the run and in refugees camps (nightmare fuel) trying to get into US, not for financial gain but simply have a place to exist in peace. This was the time when the whole concept of immigrating to another country was difficult at best. A stark contrast.

I can’t say that the whole “experience” was great. In fact it sucked, a lot and on many levels. If you are coming from a shithole, a mere sanitation would be an improvement. The last couple of years in the Soviet paradise we were pretty much to homeless, slept in abandoned buildings and airports, but we knew it wasn’t norm, it wasn’t always like that for us, in fact we were slightly above average before getting caught well into commie persecution machine. At a new and foreign place, it took years to start learning the language, customs, laws, all the shit you take for granted. I started reading at 4, read a lot, not in English, and now I had trouble expressing simple concepts. No internet or communication with outside world, depression, those were small potatoes. The financial assistance was as expected stolen and program admin eventually went to jail, a few decades later on embezzlement charges. The poor families were given paper stubs for free lunches, which was the reason I never ate at school, I also walked two miles to school in any weather on foot, because f*** your handouts, that’s why.

We can talk about the “experience” a lot, but the relevant things I want to touch on, was America 30 years ago, because I do remember it just as it was, like today, always had. We ended up in … Burlington, VT. 30 years ago, it was a shit place, depressing when you are at the bottom. If you think of it as the hippie capital, you are wrong. There was a gun shop off the Main St. and you could legit go in and buy gun and ammo on a whim. The general attitude toward any foreigners wasn’t all that accepting, and I mean people have walked out to me several times and asked to speak English or GTFO … and last time I was simply trying to talk to a Bulgarian friend in a language other than English. Yeah, people were red neck, intolerant and didn’t have reservations to let you know about it. In fact New Hampshire today is weak sauce compared to the most liberal town of Vermont, 30 years ago.

So I went to High School, our Chemistry teacher used to bring guns to school because he was WWII and colonial nut. He left them in the corner of a room between classes, unattended and no locks. I don't mean just muskets, I mean real codified "high capacity assault" rifles with "clips" like a M1 Garand that actually and highly probably killed people. No one gave shit or worried about the gun ploting murders. The only photo I have left from my High School times was me, him and the Garand. When I find it, I post.

There are two extremes for people’s outlook on life. One is that in long term we are all dead, sun goes supernova … the other is people not giving a f*** and just hitting snooze continuously all their life, living in the moment and enjoying their next year, next five years in peace or having their 2a rights not taken by tyrants or illegitimately “elected” POSs. Most of you younger f***ers here won’t get it, no matter how I say it. You will get it when you get older, when you have your first kid. If you are honest with yourself, you can look back to see how your attitude toward life/death and your family changed. Freedom is worth fighting for for your kids and 2a is just a canary in our coal mine under the swamp.



PS

So what’s the point? I don’t f***ing know, and no, this is not a rant in case you are eager to rate OP shit. I don’t know the point, because I’m just sad to see how over such a short period of time shit has deteriorated so bad on so many fronts. I don’t have any solutions. If you must rate OP, rate it on depression inducing scale.
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I celebrated 20yrs in this country just last year and it brought back a lot of memories and had me doing some deep soul-searching. Most native-born Americans don't seem to realize how good they have it. I still remember thinking that a 20yo Japanese car was a huge luxury. I remember American jeans automatically making you the coolest kid in school. I remember waiting in line at the grocery store and bringing your own scale to make sure you weren't being ripped off. I remember getting pulled over for running a red light on the highway (hint: there are no traffic lights on highways), my dad "paying the fine on the spot" and asking what would've happened if he had chosen to argue - cop just shrugged and said that he would've found drugs and guns in the car and taken us all in. I remember the rampant antisemitism in school; my passport (which could be demanded by any beat cop at any time) that had "Jew" stamped in it; how my grandfather never got promoted because of it. I still have photos of my relatives that the commies murdered. And now I live in a place where a big concern is what model of iPhone you want to get. Everyone should take a few minutes to consider what they have in life and appreciate it.
 

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This post is one of the reasons why I still kind of want to have my own Mosin. To own something from ww2 is still on my bucket list.

If you want to see the extent of American culture on the world then travel to another country. The influence that this one country has on the world culture is simply amazing. Yet here we are today ready to pee it all away and for what? So certain words in the english language can mean literally anything? So we can rip ourselves apart because of perceived slights?

I was fortunate enough to be born here, but I'm glad you're here. You make this a better place.
 

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People from all over the world come here in search of a better, prosperous and free way of life.
It's the ones that come here just for the free stuff that tarnish what others have endured and sacrificed to be the best they can as a new American citizen.

I sorry to hear how rough it was as a new person here in America.
I remember hearing stories when my grandparents arrived here and how much my father wanted everyone to speak English and adapt more to the American ways.

You are what makes this county so great. The risk it all or nothing spirit in order to better your lives.

My family in Italy can't get over why we have our flags on everything over here.
My mom told them unless you live or are from here, you would never understand!

Stand up, never back down from who you are and remember. In America, we were all once an immigrant!

Welcome home!
 
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The family I work for has a SIL who is straight from Italy but he and his family have been doing business over here for many years. He went thru the process like many others to become a US Citizen.

I drove him to "Thongus" Arena in Lowell for his swearing in and the amount of people there representing the world was amazing but what impressed me the most is that everyone there did it right. They worked hard in studying, spent the time and money to become 100% legal. It was actually an honor for me to watch them all and I still have his pictures.
 
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