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AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP OATH

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 22, 2011

If you have been following my columns, you know I consider citizenship to be an important responsibility which shouldn’t be taken for granted. I make an effort to stay abreast of current events and what is going on in our government. I have voted in every national election since I was eligible to do so in 1972. This is why I become rather disturbed when people do not vote, nor care about what is going on in their country, particularly young people who I consider a generation of naive sheep in the offing. It’s a sad state of affairs when immigrants know more about what is going on in this country than native born citizens.

In the 2008 presidential elections, only 56.8% of the American populace voted, which is a pitiful figure when you compare it to other democracies like Australia, India, and the Scandinavian countries. Surprisingly, this was the highest voting percentage in the United States since 1968 (60.8%). The highest in recent history was in 1960 (63.1%) for the Kennedy/Nixon election.

Since 1778, immigrants coming to this country have had to pass a test and take an oath swearing their allegiance to the United States. The current oath is as follows:

“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.”

Not surprisingly, immigrants coming through this program tend to appreciate this country and are more loyal than native born Americans. Another cause for this could be because there is less emphasis on teaching American government and history in the schools than in years past. In other words, the importance of being a citizen has not been impressed upon them.

So, as a proposal, how about administering a modified version of the immigration oath to all native born Americans on January 1st? Parents could give it to their children, thereby turning it into a family tradition; civic organizations and local governments could administer it in public group settings, or perhaps some other venue. Maybe even the media could get involved and administer it over the airwaves or Internet. It should be administered in some solemn way with a right hand raised and the left hand placed on either a copy of the U.S. Constitution or perhaps a holy book such as a Bible, Torah, or Koran.

All that is necessary is to simply modify the first sentence of the Immigration Oath; to wit:

AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP OATH

“I hereby declare, on oath, 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.”

Ideally, this should be followed by voter registration for those who haven’t done so.

This oath is certainly not the same as the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, this is instead a reaffirmation of our commitment to our country and would help promote citizenship and voting. Maybe this is something that should be given routinely as opposed to just one time; to remind people of their allegiance to this country. I cannot help but believe this simple gesture would have nothing but beneficial effects.

I can dream can’t I?

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M. Bryce & Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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One Response to “AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP OATH”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A J.U. of Cincinnati, Ohio wrote…

    “Good article, Tim. I agree that we should appreciate and take more seriously our responsibilties as citizens (although, I know you and I would disagree as to what some of those responsibities are). Your oath is a good one, as long as it’s voluntary and private. These type of oaths, however, can be subject to abuse, and generally make me extremely uneasy (I don’t mean the content, I mean the process if not kept private).”

    A C.M. of Alexandria, Virginia wrote…

    “I don’t know about this Tim. I have been through it twice. My first wife was Chinese my current wife is Russian. Both took the oath. My current wife, has kept her old Russian passport, and citizenship. She still votes in Russian elections (She thinks Putin is a scumbag, BTW).

    I am 1000% opposed to mandatory voter registration, and even more opposed to forcing citizens to vote (Australia requires all citizens to vote). If a person is not informed, and chooses to voluntarily disenfranchise themselves, they have in effect signed over their power of attorney to the rest of the voters. And I am 1000% opposed to the draft, and any form of mandatory service. The volunteer force has worked since 1971, and continues to work. I just completed 8 years in Iraq and Afghanistan, the volunteers did an excellent job. Draftees could not have done better.”

    An M.K. of New York wrote…

    “I quite agree, Sir, and lament the intellectual sloth and Civil ignorance of many Americans; however, we can only hope and be thankful that such people have a poor voting turnout. No, Sir; this is a Free Country, already being destroyed by yet another Law, Rule, or Regulation. It is the personal responsibility of every American to be informed; and the responsibility of Parents to instill American Values in their Children. Is it a wonder that many of us concern over the damage that Secularism, Hollywood, and Leftists are doing to our Society? There are far too many hands in the stealing of my Liberty as it is. Keep Government out of it.”

    An H.S. of Las Vegas, Nevada wrote…

    “I love this idea. I am sharing it with those I know. I suppose the current administration would have the ‘so help me God part’ removed.”

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