My mother was an immigrant to the United States. She arrived after the end of World War II and found a job within a few weeks of arriving. She already spoke English in addition to her native language but spent her life perfecting it to the point that she could read, write, and speak in either language with profeciency.
With marrying her American solider she met during the war and raising two children, getting her fees together, finding sponsors, and learning the history of the United States, it was quite a few years until she earned her citizenship in America.
I was still in grade school when she was sworn in as a citizen but remember it clearly. The room was crowded with applicants, sponsors, and families with an air of anticipation and gratitude for the event about to unfold. Before my mother became a citizen, she would stand for the American Flag but wouldn’t pledge to the flag which often angered my father. She explained that she couldn’t do that to her homeland, which she still loved, until she was actually a citizen of the United States. At the end of the citizenship ceremony, the entire auditorium of people stood up and pledged their allegiance to the flag including my mother for the first time in her life and with tears in her eyes for officially leaving her homeland behind and the joy at embracing the fact that she was now a citizen of the country where she had been living and working for years already.
I know that this is why I get so frustrated and sad when people don’t always consider the magnitude of foregoing the country of their birth and asking for permanent entry into what I consider the greatest country on earth. The disrespect we are seeing more and more these days is horrific as it comes from people who put labels on events in the history of this country out of context and deride and demean the very land that gives them the right to make such statements even if they are so wrong.
Basically, if you become a citizen for convenience without an ever-growing love that will eventually surpass the care you had for your place of birth, you aren’t grateful enough for what you have been given.
It seems always every week there is something in our lives giving notice that a renewal is due from the entertainment factors to insurance. I just got a renewal notice from AMAC. https://amac.us/ What is AMAC? Association of Mature American Citizens which is a match in benefits and information with AARP – American Association of Retired Citizens. Both claim to be nonpartisan but AARP supports a lot of things of which we might not like to be a part of by way of our renewal payments.
We joined AMAC – Association of Mature American Citizens five years ago and enjoy their magazine and their outlook on the world and politics. Of course, there are the people who stand by whatever AARP represents but since AARP doesn’t take everyone’s view into consideration, you might check out AMAC. The membership fees are very reasonable and they offer scores of discounts and other insurance possibilities. AND, your membership fees will never be put towards political or moral standards that are not in line with your own.
Morality is the very soul of good citizenship.
Arcb. Ireland: American Citizenship (1895)
No better citizen is there, whether in time of peace or war, then the Christian who is midful of his duty; but such a one should be ready to suffer all things, even death itself, rather than abandon the cause of God or of the Church.
Pope Leo XIII: Satientiae Christinae (1890)
Circumstances are but the subject-matter, and not the rule of our conduct, not in any sense the cause of it.
Cardinal Newman: Oxford University Sermons (19th centurY
Donald Trump made a statement that, if he were president, he would restrict any person or group of people he felt were a threat to the United States. Arguments aside on the reasons for his idea, the media is having a Trump bashing day with even the White House coming out and saying Trump should bow out of the race as his views on the subject make him unfit for running and, possibly, being elected president. It has been said that this idea by Trump was unconstitutional.
Seems the people who are coming at Trump for his words might consider a bit of research on the topic before throwing the proverbial stones.
“Morality is the very soul of good citizenship.
(American Citizenship (Chicago, February 22, 1895)