Why becoming an American is a special privledge

Editor's note: This is the first of two parts. The finally will be published Jan. 4.

Apparently, because of the tumult of the 2016 election, quite a few local residents asked me recently, why did I, and my wife decided to choose to settle in the United States and become American citizens, after our 1954 escape from Communist Czechoslovakia.

After all, before coming to the U. S. in 1958, we lived for extended periods of time in Sweden, Switzerland, France and Great Britain. As refugees from a communist country, we could have asked for asylum and eventually become citizens.

All those countries had a democratic systems of governance, were free and prosperous....