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Living in the U.S.
Is Better Than....

If you don't like living in the United States, then there is either something wrong with you, or you haven't been keeping up with the news from overseas.

For instance, we don't have rebels shooting fully loaded passenger airplanes out of the air with guided missiles, like what happened this week in Eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people.

And we don't have our geographical neighbors lobbing mortar shells and missiles over the border at us, like what's happening in Israel and Gaza. Or using donkeys with bombs strapped to them.

And we sure don't have insurgents creating a new state between parts of Syria and Iraq using suicide bombs and heavy arms firepower.

Moreover, we're not the murder capital of the world, causing mothers to send their children to the United States for protection, as they are in Honduras.

We've never had a fully loaded passenger plane disappear to God only knows where, without leaving so much as a trace, referring to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with 239 souls on board.

Human rights abuses in China and other communist-controlled countries are horrific.

And there are several countries where you cannot speak your mind, lest you get hauled away to prison, or worse.

Sure, we have our killers and our perverts, and our periodic campus shootings.

But where on earth could you find a more idyllic life than here in the United States.

Thanks to our forefathers' foresight, we enjoy certain freedoms not guaranteed in the rest of the world.

As singer Lee Greenwood wrote in his song, "God Bless the USA," -- "I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free." I echo Greenwood's sentiments.

And frankly, I wouldn't like to live anywhere else, than here in the good 'ole USA.

And there you have it, short and sweet.

That's in my opinion.

Michael C. Quinn