By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

4th of July Weekend Salute

A salute to the only country I know of that, as soon as you arrive by boat or by airplane or by whatever route taken, you are just as American as anyone else, as long as you want to be, regardless of your funny name or accent. In fact, we could say--if anything--that no one better captures the American spirit than the new immigrant ready to embrace all that freedom offers, even if some others, whose ancestors may have been here since Plymouth Rock or 1776, have grown jaded and, in some cases, even shamefully and embarrassingly degenerate. Thank goodness that we are replenished continually by new, more honorable stock. Maybe, that's the secret to our success.

"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."

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That's all it takes.