The growing intrusion of government into ordinary people’s lives under President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party is a stark reminder to immigrants who escaped totalitarian governments seeking freedom in America, according to authors Cory Emberson and Rick Lindstrom.
They tell the story of these immigrants — their lives under communism, their escape to freedom and their fears for America — in their book, “Pursuing Liberty: America Through The Eyes Of The Newly Free.”
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Emberson described the experience she had with an immigrant from the former USSR about a month before the 2008 election in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. It was this encounter that inspired her to write the book.
“I was on hold to speak with Brian Sussman on his KSFO evening show, and the gentleman before me was an immigrant from the former U.S.S.R., and he was pretty much terrified about what he thought was going to happen as the election cycle moved forward and if Obama was elected,” Emberson says.
“And he told Brian that Obama was not a liberal and not even a moderate as he sometimes reported to be, but that the policies he supported and the things he was saying were reminiscent of what he experienced under communism in the U.S.S.R.
“And he said if he was elected there was a very real chance that the United States too would fall down the path of socialism.”
The immigrant then went on to ask where he would have to go if the United States became like the old Soviet Union because there would not be anywhere else to go.
Lindstrom joined Emberson on the project due to his concern that today’s kids lack perspective on America’s heritage of freedoms and liberty, which “people have fought and bled, and died for.”
“Liberty is just one of those things that has to be protected,” Lindstrom says. “It always has to be thought about and closely guarded, and I see a whole generation of kids coming along that have absolutely no appreciation of their American birthright.”
The average Soviet citizen by contrast lacked basic rights Americans take for granted such as being able to choose where they lived or where they worked.
“They were pretty much unable to do anything that we are able to do by birthright in the United States,” Emberson says.
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