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We could learn a lesson from immigrants

By Walt Partin | Published Saturday, November 17, 2012

I just watched a moving segment on the Today Show this morning. They had 30 people that were being sworn in as new citizens of the United States. They were from countries all over the world; some were in U. S. military uniforms. There were young and old, men and women. They took the oath of citizenship with their right hands raised while waving a small American flag with their left. There were some tears after the ceremony while Lee Greenwood sang “God Bless the U.S.A.”

None of them were griping about who just got elected president; they were just happy to become citizens of a country where there are elections. They are a stark contrast to those who want to secede from this great country just because they didn’t like the outcome of a free election.

I am pleased this time, but I have been unhappy with election outcomes before. Maybe we all need to find one of these new citizens and engage in a conversation about freedom. All of us natural born, party-oriented citizens have been so close to the trees for so long that we have forgotten what the forest looks like. We could learn a lesson from these folks.

Walt Partin
Chico

2 Responses to “We could learn a lesson from immigrants”

  1. robert cox says:

    That’s a good idea, Walt! Let’s talk to some immigrants that came here to find freedom about freedom! See WHY they came here and escaped their country. And then we can talk to the ones that escape their country and come here then try to make this country like the one they just escaped from! I’m with you on this one! Let’s start the dialog!

    Oh, let’s also ask the democratic party why they won’t enforce immigration laws……

  2. Walt Partin says:

    Mr. Cox, my points weren’t that complicated. I’m sure you could find them if you try a little harder. (hint, freedom to vote, nation over party)

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