Pursuing Liberty: America Through The Eyes of the Newly Free

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During his first inaugural speech as California’s governor on January 5, 1967, Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation from extinction.”

Although these prophetic words weren’t exactly noteworthy at the time, his clarity and foresight haunt us today as we consider America’s last four decades. Gone is the universal pride most Americans felt about their unique legacy so prevalent in the early 1960s, now given way to a bitterly divided country whose citizens seem more interested in mutual political combat than focusing on our shared American exceptionalism.

Sometimes it takes a different perspective to bring matters into sharp focus. A perspective from those who have confronted despotism and tyranny first hand, escaped it, and lived to tell the tale. Pursuing Liberty is a chronicle of those experiences, reminding us of the value of liberty, and the ongoing need to defend it at all costs.

Through first-person narratives from our newest naturalized Americans, Pursuing Liberty showcases the courage needed to leave one’s ancestral home to find the unique freedoms only found in America, and the rare insights of those who gave up everything in their own quests for liberty.

Pursuing Liberty was written for all Americans. Whether you’re young or old, left, right, or center, Pursuing Liberty opens our eyes again to our unique American experience that far too many of us now accept without any thought or appreciation of its origin.

As Ronald Reagan said of freedom in that very same inaugural speech, “It’s not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”


Cindy Nguyen – Vietnam

I was fortunate that my parents remembered what it was like before the Communists took over – they knew the other side of the story. A lot of parents from Saigon served the South and they understood the difference. But the kids from the North have been fed communist propaganda for generations. The Communists make sure that you’re immersed in that water. There is no other way. The longer you stay with them, the more you think like them. They do that because they closed off every kind of information when I lived there. It really was an Iron Curtain. No information in, no information out. I’m sure a lot of Americans don’t know what’s going on back there.

I display the South Vietnam flag online. Over there, if you display that flag, you go to jail. If you wear the old South Vietnamese uniform walking in public, you go to jail. There’s no freedom at all.

If we wanted to leave our city to visit my grandma, or go to another province, we had to get a permit to travel. Once we got to our destination, we were required to register with local authorities in order to stay there, even for a couple of days. There’s no guidance for when we needed a permit, no idea what trips required them. It’s just up to the local police, and they just try to get money from you. You want a permit? You give them some money, and you’re fine. It’s just corruption from top to bottom, everywhere, for everything.

All gatherings, even a birthday party or a family reunion, must be pre-approved with a permit. In America, you don’t think of a birthday party as representing the freedom to assemble. We have a few generations of Americans who have never wanted for anything, and never had their freedom threatened. I hope they don’t take it for granted.

There’s just no motivation with Marxism. Nobody wants to excel, because they know they wouldn’t get anywhere. It’s the same thing that these people on the Left keep talking about, how great it is to spread the wealth. Who’s going to make the wealth to spread it? Nobody’s interested in making wealth for everyone else. They know wealth wouldn’t trickle down since it already flows into the pockets of the corrupted government.

When I see Americans talking about redistributing wealth… those people, they are living on clouds. They just don’t get it. They’ve lost their common sense. Everybody’s going to end up equally miserable.

To this day, many Vietnamese lawyers, writers, and reporters are still in jail for telling the truth or publicly expressing their opposition to the government. Americans, appreciate and protect your true freedom!

What People Are Saying
About Pursuing Liberty

Brian Sussman's second interview with Cory Emberson on April 26 on KSFO 560 (at 8:05 a.m.)

Read Chris Davis' column about Pursuing Liberty on Elective Decisions

Brian Sussman interviews Cory Emberson on KSFO 560 (at the 7:35 a.m. mark)

Amanda Hughes' column on Examiner.com

About the Authors

Cory Emberson has written extensively in the aviation field. She is also a professional editor and proofreader, and has worked with many authors in the preparation of their own books. Pursuing Liberty: America Through the Eyes of the Newly Free is her first book.

A native of Connecticut, the Constitution State, she was a professional radio broadcaster and news correspondent in the Hartford Metro area in the late 1970s. Cory holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University.

Cory has been a repeat guest on KSFO in San Francisco, and she and Rick have spoken to varied groups on the issues of American exceptionalism, immigration, and tyranny.

Pursuing Liberty grew from her personal passion for the preservation of liberty in the United States, a conviction shared by many people, Americans by birth and Americans by choice. This conviction was nurtured from each side of the American experience. Her maternal grandfather arrived in the United States from Vilnius, Poland, via Ellis Island, in the late 1800s, and one of her paternal ancestors was Arthur Hewitt Middleton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.


Rick Lindstrom has been writing professionally since the 1980s. He co-authored two computer books, and worked as a technical writer in the early 1980s for a major national telecommunications company. He has also written an eclectic mix of video scripts for both broadcast and industrial use. Lindstrom's business experience includes multiple technical and management positions in the electronic service industry, and he was also the principal in several high-tech start-ups from 1979 through 1988.

A California native, Lindstrom holds an Associates Degree in Communications from Merritt College in Oakland.

He has written extensively in the aviation field, and is the founder and CEO of the First Light Companies, specializing in aviation-related multimedia and experimental aviation support services.

A self-confessed “freedom junkie,” Lindstrom’s focus has recently shifted to the plight of the average American citizen. Concerned with the overwhelming growth and influence of state and federal governments just in his lifetime, he recently has undertaken non-aviation, liberty-related projects such as Pursuing Liberty.