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Fri Feb 13, 2015, 12:54 PM

40 years ago today I was sworn in as a US Citizen

My mom met my dad in Germany, he wound up being sent to Vietnam and was shot and died returning home. It took my mom and I a few years to get everything together to come to Tacoma where my dad owned a house. Then as a teenager after taking the citizenship class in the evening at our local high school, I was confident enough to take the test.

I was sworn in 40 years ago today and I remember my mom telling me I had an obligation to always know what was going on in this country and I also remember the Federal Judge who swore us in told us, that we had a responsibility to serve our community in any way could.

It seems to me so many times when I listen to Republicans campaigning and pontificating, that those ideals are lost upon them. What a tragedy for them and for our nation!

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Reply 40 years ago today I was sworn in as a US Citizen (Original post)
gopiscrap Feb 2015 OP
hollysmom Feb 2015 #1
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #5
hollysmom Feb 2015 #10
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #22
oldandhappy Feb 2015 #2
auntAgonist Feb 2015 #3
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #6
auntAgonist Feb 2015 #8
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #9
ND-Dem Feb 2015 #4
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #7
ScreamingMeemie Feb 2015 #11
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #12
ScreamingMeemie Feb 2015 #13
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #17
calimary Feb 2015 #14
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #18
bigwillq Feb 2015 #15
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #19
spanone Feb 2015 #16
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #20
KamaAina Feb 2015 #21
Nye Bevan Feb 2015 #23
yuiyoshida Feb 2015 #24
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #25
yuiyoshida Feb 2015 #26
janlyn Feb 2015 #27
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #28
840high Feb 2015 #29
gopiscrap Feb 2015 #30

Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 12:56 PM

1. happy anniversary, thank you for joining us born here.

thank you for being an informed citizen, so few people value that.

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 01:00 PM

5. Thank you, it surprises me many times

when I talk to folks here and then talk with folks in Europe how much less we are informed not only about other nations, but our own country as well. I made it point to have most dinners at our home (when our kids were being raised) scheduled so that they would span both the local and national news and we would often have discussions about what was going on. BTW I enjoy your posts! Enclosed is a heart!

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 01:48 PM

10. thank you for the heart

I am still struggling with a paypal problem that no one else in the world seems to have and that paypal seems helpless in fixing or I would return the favor. It better be fixed by star buying time.
So many of my friends born elsewhere are so insistent on being informed voters, it is a joy knowing them, as opposed to a born in the US person who called my interest in politics my "hobby"

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 05:34 PM

22. Thanks Hollysmom

I have had problems at times with paypal also...eventually they get it fixed...have a great day!!!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 12:59 PM

2. Happy anniversary.

Glad for you. Glad for us. Congratulations.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 12:59 PM

3. Congratulations! It is tragic isn't it? I became a citizen

in November of 2014 perhaps in 40 years we will have evolved. I won't be around of course but we can hope and work towards that.


aA

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Response to auntAgonist (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 01:08 PM

6. Congratulations to you also!!!

I read some of your posts...I am sorry you have been ill and I am sorry that you have had to endure broken relationships and condemnation. No one needs that...you have my best wishes and healing thoughts. Enclosed is a heart, hope it brightens your day in a small way! Mike C

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 01:14 PM

8. I'm humbled by your kindness! Thank you so much for your words and encouragement.





Thanks for the heart!!!

aA
kesha

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Response to auntAgonist (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 01:18 PM

9. My honor

I have struggled with health issues also and also with the loss or relationships (mine were through death)

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 01:00 PM

4. glad you're here. like the quote, too. i just read up on the person who said it. very interesting.

 

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Response to ND-Dem (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 01:13 PM

7. Thank you. I love that quote. My other two

favorite are: :Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country" JFK on Jan 20, 1961 and other quote is:

"Preach the Gospel always, when necessary, use words" St. Francis Assisi

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 01:56 PM

11. Happy Anniversary...

What resilience you and your mother had. I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Speaking for myself, I think you have done your mother and your father's sacrifice proud. It is always a pleasure to see posts from you.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 02:15 PM

12. Thank you so much, I am honored that you would

say that, I tend to rant sometimes!

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 02:52 PM

13. Me too!

We all have our moments.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 05:21 PM

17. LOL but I have had a few of mine juried out!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 04:40 PM

14. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, gopiscrap!

Your mom was wise, indeed, and a pillar of strength.

I have the same feelings when I listen to the opposing tribe campaigning and pontificating. Those ideals you learned about and embraced - are indeed lost on them. Never mind how they talk. It's what they DO that proves it. And we're all the poorer for it.

All the more reason why we need YOU and many others like you! VERY glad you're here!

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Response to calimary (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 05:22 PM

18. Thank you, you're very kind!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 04:41 PM

15. Happy Sworn In Day!

 

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Response to bigwillq (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 05:23 PM

19. Thank you!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 04:41 PM

16. !!!!!!!!

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Response to spanone (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 05:23 PM

20. Thank you!!!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 05:27 PM

21. So you actually know stuff about 'Murka

 

unlike an astonishingly large proportion of those of us who were born here.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 06:00 PM

23. Good for you, and you have lived up to your mom's wishes (nt)

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 06:02 PM

24. omedetou gozaimasu!

Congratulations to you!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #24)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 06:14 PM

25. Thank you!!!

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #25)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 06:17 PM

26. most welcome

dou itashimashite!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 06:26 PM

27. Congratulations! !

I moved here when I was six years old. My Mum was appalled at how uninformed most americans were about the world outside their borders. And how little was taught in schools. Like your Mom, my Mum said almost the same words.

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Response to janlyn (Reply #27)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 06:47 PM

28. Thank you, I can so relate!

BTW: I will be in England this summer. Enclosed is a heart from one immigrant to another! Mike

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 07:19 PM

29. Congratulations. It's been

 

over 50 years for me - judge told us voting was a priveldge. I never forgot.

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Response to 840high (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 07:20 PM

30. Alright good for you!

where do you emigrate from?

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