Let Freedom Reign Through Citizenship:

It is an honor and a privilege to be a citizen of the United States of America. It is to be cherished and appreciated as many who do not have such status would give up just about anything to get it.
On Friday, January 20, 1961, one of the most inspirational presidents of all time was sworn into office. Republican or Democrat, on that day it did not matter. John Fitzgerald Kennedy called upon the citizens of the great nation to celebrate their freedom, as only citizens can celebrate. Many remember his words:
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
President Kennedy helped Americans remember and rejoice in the freedoms which citizenship bring.
The right to "plain ole freedom" is one of the many any freedoms which citizens of the United States enjoy. The list of freedoms enumerated by the founding documents is substantial and includes the following:
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of the Press
  • The Right to Assemble
  • The Right to Petition
  • Additional Rights
It was not the founding fathers who granted all of these freedoms. However, they created a framework in which all "men," who were acknowledged to have been created equal, were enabled to be free. Yet, in US history, all has not been perfect. Americans know a time in the Country's history in which it was divided on a vital issue that was anathema to freedom - slavery. Intrinsically, if slaves were able to be held against their will, both equality and the notion of freedom were compromised. The 13th Amendment, adopted in 1865, abolished slavery in the United States. In 1868, the 14th Amendment made the former slaves citizens. 
African Americans, and those bound by the slave trade were not the only groups in America's history that faced issues to their citizenship.  Though here long before all of us, the American (Native) Indians did not gain citizenship rights until 1924. Because we are a federal government, with states rights, it took until 1948 for Native Americans to be able to vote in all "48" states. Women's studies experts would be right to add that it was not until 1920 that Women gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The quest for a more perfect union has been part of the philosophy of the U.S. set of laws from the time of the passage of the Constitution of the U.S. We are still not perfect but we try to be.
Very few things are perfect and there are issues even today over voting rights and the civil rights of ethnic and racial groups. As those who were once the minority increase in number and those who have had success in bringing their causes forward, there is also what many have called, the tyranny of the minority as vocal minorities on many fronts seek more even more rights while the majority for the most part remains quiet or accedes to many of these demands.  Many expect the once white majority in America to become the minority within the next 20 years.
Surely, it will help American freedom that it was the majority that brought rights t othe minority. As the minority assumes the majority, perhaps we will all beleive we can be treated the same and have nothing that would make one group of citizens "more equal" than any another.
No Virginia, the United States is not perfect, but it certainly tries to be. And, being a citizen of this country is a true blessing as witnessed by the many who seek citizenship. Let freedom reign.


Friday, January 20, 1961. It is Ordinary Citizens' great pleasure to bring you the sounding bell of Freedom, from one of the most special orators to ever hold the office of the presiency of the united States of America. May the words of President John F. Kennedy at his inauguaral address bolster our confidence that America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave, that it is the one place on earth where anybody can become president, that it relies on the goodness of its scitizens for its sustenance. 
May those wishing to be citizens of this great country understand what it takes to be an American and do your best to be one the best way possible.  And, now dear citizens, this is the speech that defines citizenship even to this day. Enjoy:
The speaker from this point onward is newly inaugurated President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom—symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning—signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.
The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.
We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
This much we pledge—and more.
To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.
To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom—and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.
To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required—not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge—to convert our good words into good deeds—in a new alliance for progress—to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas. And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.
To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support—to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective—to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak—and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run.
Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.
But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course—both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind's final war.
So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms—and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.
Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah—to "undo the heavy burdens ... and to let the oppressed go free."
And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.
All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.
Now the trumpet summons us again—not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are—but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"—a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.

Most U.S. Citizens are just plain ole good people and some of the notions in this little article on Discrimination of CItizens do not apply. 

lBeing a Citizen comes with its natural set of obligations for sure.  It also comes with a number or rights also so it's not all bad. In fact, if the country is the U.S.A., it's really pretty good. you don't even have to be a patriot to feel that way. You can be a selfish S.O.B. Selfish SOBs have it best in the U.S.A. but most folks who are not selfish S.O.B.'s would rather you be a patriot. So, before you rule out being a patriot completely, give it a shot.

One of the rights that a Citizen bears is the right to do their own thing as long as they hurt noone else, even non-citizans.  And, so, a Citizen cannot be disriminated against for quite a few reasons.  It's almost like the founding fathers and those to whom they passed the keys wanted all Citizens to be treated equally under the law and by their fellow man, if that were possible.  Because it might not be possible, or probable, that's why it is part of the law.

So, a U.S. Citizen cannot be discriminated against because he is a he or she is a she or for lots of other very good reasons.  He or she cannot be discriminated against because they are Catholic or Jewish or Muslim or Protestant. In fact, US CItizens cannot be discriminated against for reasons of sex and religion at all. Religion and sex are off limits. If you have any thoughts of discrimination in your heart, don't include religion or gender or you may become eligible to be discriminated against as this would make you a criminal, and since criminals are not on the protected list, it would be OK to discriminate against you -- maybe put you in jail.

So, the real thing here is that a Citizen of the US cannot be discriminated against because of race, color, or national origin.  Now, we have predispositions about what that all means.  Some think it just protects Blacks. Others think it just protects Browns. Still others think it protects anybody who is not White. In fact, it protects everybody!

Yes, the fact is, even if you are Irish, as this writer truly is, nobody can disciminate against you because you are indeed from Ireland.  It's the National Origin thing.  Though to me it seems redundant, if you are Irish and you are white, you cannot be discriminated against because of your color.  If that isn't enough, if you are Irish, white, and you find out that your race is Caucasian, again, your have another reason to be protected because this is the U.S. of A. You cannot be discriminated against because of National Origin, Color, Or Race, and of course, I think we mentioned Creed already.   

I get it. I am protected three ways to Sunday, and I am even protected if I go to church on Saturday. We are actually protected in many more ways. I am glad I am protected because I am white and Irish but the laws were not necessarily intended for me.   

Now, if there is something wrong with the above mix, like, let's say I am really Venezualan and I am white and Caucasian, or I am African and white and Caucasian, or if I am English, -- OK we don't have to go there. unlike getting three of a kind on the slot, in America, if it were possible to have less than three of the above for any reason, when the wheels at Mohegan Sun stop spinning, the laws of the US against discrimination say that you still win. Actually, in this case, I still win. One token is enough to win.  

The big point here is that there have been times in the history of this wonderful country, my fav, by the way, that people have been hurt because they have been black, white, brown or yellow.  This is discrimination and our nation now forbids it.  It's gotten it right recently!  Thankfully so. In fact, even if you are a legal non-citizen, you cannot be discriminated against for any of these reasons at all and that too is another aspect of our American Heritage.  Most would argue that White probably should not be on the list but the fact is, I would rather see Purple and Orange and Green added than to take White off.  Who knows what tomorrow shall bring in a fully non-discriminated (by law) country. Though white and black are non-colors (technically just shades) I think if one is on the list so also should the other be.  So, since I  vote for white being on the list, though unaffected by the shade black, I vote that the shade black also be on the list.

If you have other issues besides race, color, or national origin, like perhaps you are, say, here illegally, your lack-of citizenship still does not eliminate you from protection from discrimination for any of the above reasons. 

However, you can be discriminated against because of that "illegal" part.  So, be careful! You can be put in the hoosegow for not being a legal entity in the US. And, may I suggest that the US, myself included respect the Visa, the Green Card, and all the ways that a non-citizen (more than a visitor) may choose to be in the U.S. for an extended period of time. 

Now, don't get me wrong. I love being a visitor in other countries. I want their laws, that may be similar to our anti-discrimination laws, to apply to me. I want the people in other countries to like me as I surely mean no harm by my visit.  But, if I chose to stay longer than they have granted me, I would expect that they may not look too favorably on my decision.

Same for you if you are not a citizen and decide to stay too long or you come here without an invitation.


Be Tuned-in and Keep a Wary Eye on Elected Officals!

Don't be told what you can do and cannot do! Know what you can and cannot do right from the start as a good citizen. Do not depend on politicians for your success in life

In some citcles if you have an opinion, you know what you can do with that!.  Be careful because even Woody's Fireplace on the Ole Larksville Highway does not even have the right tool to make that all painless.  Your opinion counts in America. Your service counts. We all need to thank our fellow ordinary citizens who have served this country in the Military / Armed Forces. Without them, Vladimir Putin or Fidel Castro would be determining what you were eating for breakfast tomorrow.  You can do lots. Hooting and yelling may be appropriate but you don't have to permit the branding iron to be placed on your flesh?  You are nobody's property and your voice is owned by only you and you can let your thoughts be known right here!

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Patriotism is OK for Ordinary Citizens

Proud Americans understand the symbols of patriotism that help preserve the story of this nation’s past and the symbols themselves help build appreciation for the rights people enjoy as citizens of the United States. There is nothing wrong about being American and loving your God. Do not let anybody tell you differently.  

What are a few important symbols of patriotism for our country? We should have reverence for them in their historical significance to our freedom.  

  • Statue of Liberty
  • American Flag
  • Capitol Building
  • White House
  • Pentagon
  • Soldiers of the various Armed Forces
  • Freedom Trail in Boston
  • The Liberty Bell in PA
  • The Alamo in San Antonio
  • Many more...

What are a few National Holidays for heroes of this Country. We should know them all. Among others there are:


  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • The Fourth Of July
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Labor Day


The right to vote is a precious American act and a sign of fredom for which many have died.

One of the greatest gifts given for American Citizens and the American Dream is that ordinary citizens, not just the eleite and the priviliged can make a choice by voting.

An election is a time when people make a choice of their representatives in this democracy by voting. To vote means to make a choice known. In an election each person votes once and quite simply the choice that receives the most votes wins. There is this notion of the Electoral College so that one particular state cannot dominate elections but basically, it is a one voice, one vote system, and it is important that it be kept fair.

Ordinary citizens make very good citizens. We learned long ago in grade school about good citizenship and what it takes to be a good citizen. Here are some simple things that we all can do to be good and perhaps even better citizens:

  • Be a member of various community and church groups
  • Work with others to make local, state and national communities better places to live.
  • Be a coach of a team -- little league, soccer etc.
  • Be a band parent
  • Understand the state of affairs in government
  • Read a Good Book!
  • Don't be hoodwinked by smiling politicians
  • Do what is right
  • etc.

Remember you, as an ordinary citizen, do make a difference.


Is the Media Really Orwell's Ministry of Truth? 

We have grown to accept that the whose who in our current culture, our political, civic and corporate leaders tend to be economical with the truth more often than we would hope to believe. However, many ordinary citizens, like you and me, depending on which side is spewing the venom, passively accept their vile as truth. Just as the media is biased for sure, those of us with passion on certain issues are not pure on this either as we cling to the words of those who think like us and dismiss the words of those who do not.

Elitists in the media and the bureaucracy who claim the right to know what's best for us, every day pour forth a deluge of abuse and character assassination arguments to keep We the People in our place.  John Edwards, whether you like him or not, is the poster boy for media abuse.  The press did not want an Edwards presidency.  Hey, the guy is a trial lawyer and ostensibly one of the best in the country.  He made his money suing corporations.  The Media is corporate controlled.  John Edwards had no shot at the presidency. The media had a big bullseye on him.  

Was the Media truthful about Edwards?