Saturday, December 14, 2013

The American Dream: A Letter

We interrupt Stephanie's regular blog posting schedule to give you a letter from the writing archives. To my knowledge, this letter was never published in U.S.A. Today, and no small wonder. My fifteen-year-old self needed some serious writing and persuasive help. 
Despite all that, the letter was opened again a year later setting me on fire with an idea. My current work in progress and a book that has become very special to me, The American Dream, is largely based on the ideas of this letter. 

So take a peek into my past....and into my future, if you dare. 

The 13th of February, 2012
Dear U.S.A. Today,
I am not writing this letter to tell you how immoral abortion is, or lecture you on the fact that abortion kills children. Many Americans have already heard this argument and are still stone-hearted in their opinions regarding the subject. Instead, in this letter I will be discussing dreams.
You cannot deny that dreams are what America is supposed to be about. Ellis Island was abundant with immigrants who came here because they wanted their life dreams to be fulfilled. Today, we see phrases such as “Follow the American dream” or “Live your dream” written boldly across billboards or blinking furiously on florescent signs. In fact, can you deny that Disney World is labeled “The place where dreams come true”?
What about you? Can you remember sitting in a highschool classroom staring blankly at the wipe-off board and thinking about what you were going to do with your life? Thinking about your own personal dreams? Maybe as a teenager the only dream you had was for that cute boyfriend of yours to ask you to marry him. But whatever the case may be, the reality is that you had dreams. Now here is my question for you: Are you willing to let other people live their American dream?
I know that many of you believe that the children who are aborted are merely fetus’s, not actual human beings. But who can deny that if left in the womb as a healthy baby, these “fetus’s” will one day turn into humans? We see that happen every day as new children are brought into this world, and it has happened since the beginning of time. There is absolutely no denying it.
Every “fetus” that has been killed would have otherwise turned into a child, who would have grown into a young adult and one day that young adult would have had dreams of their own. Every time a child is aborted, those dreams are lost forever. This fact is not deniable.  
So, America, I want to ask you: are you killing dreams?  

Sincerely,

Stephanie Kehr (15)

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