American Citizenship is the greatest earthly honor bestowed upon an individual. What Citizenship means determines the future of our Country. As Americans we must hold true to the ideals that all candidates for Citizenship come to this Country in good faith to assimilate and contribute to our society. With that assimilation they shall be treated with equality and respect. Once earned, citizenship bestows a privilege paid for with the blood of our forefathers, and there can be no divide in allegiance to our Country. History is clear that great societies are not defined by race, color or gender but by unity of purpose and ideal’s based on morality, liberty and purpose.
In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt “The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight; that he shall not be a mere passenger, but shall do his share in the work that each generation of us finds ready to hand; and, furthermore, that in doing his work he shall show, not only the capacity for sturdy self-help, but also self-respecting regard for the rights of others. “
American citizenship engenders an obligation to pass the torch of American exceptionalism to the next generation in a form better than they received. Being a great Citizen means living a life uniquely yours’s but with the uniquely American purpose of improving and building upon the exceptional nature of the American experience.
America is a nation of immigrants whom became Citizens. That citizenship is the bond that blends diverse colors, creeds and nationalities into one common nation. It is essential for our country to be diverse in mind, but unified with respect to national identity. Without preserving that which we have in common history shows the nation will perish. Without the United States and American Exceptionalism the world will no longer have a place to immigrate to, and our children will be deprived of what we were so graciously given.