Oath of allegiance

I attended the swearing in ceremony for 1400 new United States citizens this morning two of whom were Brits that have been family friends for 6 years. 100 countries were represented by the individuals taking an oath of loyalty to the United States of America. It was a truly powerful event for my wife and I (all five kids were present as well, but being aged 8 to 8 months, they probably weren't equally moved). Sure we salute the flag and say the pledge of allegiance on a weekly basis at Awana club meetings, but the oath of allegiance conveys the responsibility of citizenry in addition to the ideals of our society communicated in the pledge of allegiance:

"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."

As people born into citizenship, we have taken much for granted and might consider a military draft an incovenience. I remember feeling impetulant about registering with the Selective Service when I turned 18. Immigrants are faced directly with the bi-directional nature of American citizenship. My wife expressed concern over how many new citizens there were. My response was that these legal immigrants are the ideal people with which to swell the ranks of America; hard working, law abiding and hopefully sincere in their oaths.

Comments:

John, are you sure that "impetulant" is a word?

Posted by PatrickG on March 29, 2005 at 09:18 AM PST #

You're right! Looks like myslef and others have made the word up. In doing a thesarus check it would appear that we are combining several words together: petulant, impudent and insolent.

Posted by JohnHoffmann on March 30, 2005 at 01:35 AM PST #

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Posted by John Hoffmann on April 04, 2005 at 01:26 AM PDT #

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