And so the fundamental transformation of America continues as President Barack Obama has envisioned it. We have been made vulnerable not only to foreign enemies, but he has now officially opened the door for domestic enemies as well.
I remember taking my oath of office as a commissioned Army officer on July 31, 1982. It was a doggone proud day. An even greater day was when my wife Angela, a native-born Jamaican, took her oath of citizenship to America back in Kansas in the early days of our marriage.
But now the whole notion of citizenship and loyalty is fundamentally changing.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday said it will no longer require incoming U.S. citizens to pledge that they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States” or “perform noncombatant service” in the Armed Forces as part of the naturalization process. Those lines are in the Oath of Allegiance that people recite as they become U.S. citizens.
But USCIS said people “may” be able to exclude those phrases for reasons related to religion or if they have a conscientious objection. USCIS said people with certain religious training or with a “deeply held moral or ethical code” may not have to say the phrases as they are naturalized. The agency said people don’t have to belong to a specific church or religion to use this exemption, and may attest to U.S. officials administering the oath that they have these beliefs.”
Here is the current oath of naturalization:
“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.”
So I just have to ask, what religious reason would anyone have for not including those words — or perhaps the question is, which religion?
One of the great war heroes in American history was U.S. Army Sergeant Alvin York, from World War I. Sergeant York, from the great “volunteer state” of Tennessee was a recent convert to Christianity and had a conscientious objection to fighting in a war. But when his country and duty called, when his brothers in arms needed him, York answered the call.
The Sergeant York story was played beautifully by Gary Cooper in the epic film of the same name. So I think we’re not talking about the Judeo-Christian faith heritage.
We recently reported here about a young Sikh who wants to earn a U.S. Army commission but retain his head dress — so perhaps that rules the Sikhs out as far as faiths who would object.
So what religion would have an issue with bearing arms on behalf of the United States? And noncombatant service? That has nothing to do with being a conscientious objector — I deployed a born again Christian in our unit to Desert Shield/Storm and he helped out the cooks and medics. That was his noncombatant role.
And what “certain religious training” or “deeply held moral or ethical code” precludes a naturalized U.S. citizen from doing the aforementioned duties and responsibilities of citizenship and defending our homeland?
You see, just as we reported with General Wesley Clark’s comments about internment camps, these words as presented by the Obama administration are vague and nebulous — seemingly purposefully so.
But the real question has to be asked, why? What is so different from last year, or even last month, that these phrases have to be made “optional?” Let’s put it out there, does this have anything to do with those who embrace Sharia Law? Those who embrace a belief system that is antithetical to allegiance to America and its defense?
Plenty of you out there are going to scream, but if you find yourself unable to take part in the defense of America, either as a combatant or noncombatant, chances are you shouldn’t be an American. Why? Because if there’s nothing about this country you would honor, serve, sacrifice for, or preserve — chances are you shouldn’t be on the team. And you certainly shouldn’t be sucking down the resources of others so you could live here with no responsibility.
Patriotism is not what Obama believes — surrendering more and more of your individually-earned resources and freedoms. Patriotism is exactly what SGT Alvin York displayed, the ability to go above and beyond one’s self for a greater cause of liberty and freedom — the fundamental principles of this Constitutional Republic. That is the legacy handed down from the Minutemen of Lexington and Concord, and of Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth. I know, liberal progressives would prefer we revised our history, and folks probably have no clue who ol’ Molly was anyway. Maybe Betsy Ross would spur your memory?
I will not sit back and allow America to become as infested as Europe has with a growing welfare society that drains resources while the members speak out against the very system and government that is supporting their “religious training and beliefs.”
We should demand USCIS does not implement this command. They have stated it would take “feedback” on this policy change through August 4, 2015. Then let them hear our voices. And if the Obama administration goes forward with this, yet another blatant disregard of our American way of life, then Congress should cut funding to the USCIS for conduct of naturalization ceremonies.
Let Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and Jeh Johnson pay for this themselves. And it should be on public record for the American people for every single person who “opts” not to include these phrases in their oath. It should negate forever their ability to receive government-funded benefits.
Simply put, if you come here to America, be willing to put your shoulder to the plow to protect this Republic. If not, then why are you here?