Strangers Who Become Friends | The Real John McClane Strangers Who Become Friends – The Real John McClane

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 22:21

I have been told something positive, or good, about the United States by my immigrant friends on a repeated basis – and it’s this: that the United States is one of the best countries of the world in which to do business. Why? Because, in spite of what you or I, Americans born in this land, might think about the corruption in this country, most immigrants have the perspective of finding this country much easier to do business in, than say, the lands of their respective nativities.

The immigrants that I’ve talked to tell me, that surprisingly enough, the United States is LESS corrupt than other lands around the world. My immigrant friends acknowledge that our country does indeed have corruption, BUT that the corruption is not as prevalent, nor as ironclad…

Having said the above, about the desirable perception of America from those that have yearned for and entered its’ shores, it is understandable why the U.S. has historically enjoyed the intrinsic advantages of the ‘fresh blood’, fresh mindsets, and fresh creativity of immigrant people for generations.

An example – who was the driving force behind Apple? Steven Jobs. Steve’s last name was Jobs because he was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, who raised him. Question: who was Steve Jobs biological father? A SYRIAN immigrant to the United States by the name of Abdulfattah “John” Jandali.

What if Mr. Jandali had not been allowed to enter our country as a student? Mr. Jobs would never have been born, and we would be stuck with Hewlett Packard and Dell PC’s… Over the course of the past 30-plus years, how much has Apple (and Pixar) added to the GDP of the United States?

THE AMERICAN VERSION of Exodus 22:21 – We ALL need to remember that unless we’re Native American, ALL OF US migrated here from somewhere else – so, we need to demonstrate graciousness towards those who want to responsibly enjoy the freedoms that we take for granted…

As I’ve often said about America, as long we have more people desiring to live in this country to the point of risking their lives to enter our country,  America will remain one of the greatest nations on the face of this earth. If we ever come to a day when more people are leaving than coming, then our country will be in a perilous state of decline…


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