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Battle Hymn of the Republic: The Glory of U.S. Citizenship

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“To promise to protect enemies both foreign and domestic.” Those words jumped out at me while attending a naturalization ceremony my son-in-law was participating in to complete his long road to becoming a United States Citizen. The event featured representatives of over 50 countries, each one standing proudly to proclaim the new United States Citizenship. It was refreshing to see people from all over the globe seeking so proudly membership into the very valuable club of citizenship that many who were so fortunate to have been born in the America take for granted. Because many of those countries represented at this ceremony are living under the oppressive rule of tyrants in one form or another and it takes courage to just apply for citizenship, let alone go through the long process of actually obtaining it. For my son-in-law, it was an 8 year journey that culminated into a packed room at St. Dominic School in Delhi. In that room there wasn’t any discussion of political persuasion, racism, gender equality, there was just unification that people of many backgrounds were gathered, from every conceivable place to seek admission to a banner of freedom protected by The United States Constitution.
A choir of young people from that school came in and sung a number of patriotic songs including my favorite, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a song that has been my favorite since I was 3 years old and they sung it in my church. I play the song often from my garage sound system while I shoot basketball in my driveway on hot summer days. It is the song of America and was quite fitting for this epic event.

As that song played and I listened to all the petitioners declare their American allegiance I wondered who the domestic enemies were by definition that these people were swearing to protect. The first thought to my mind was Barack Obama himself, who behaves as an enemy of America in his constant attacks against the U.S. Constitution specifically the signing of the NDAA Act on New Year’s Day and his constant desire to bypass congress with executive orders. American citizenship doesn’t seem to mean much to the president, probably because he lost his citizenship, not by his doing but his mothers when she left with Barack Obama’s stepfather back to Indonesia while the boy was still very young and not able to fend for himself. Obama applied to American colleges under foreign status and it looks as though Obama has attempted to lawyer himself to cover up that fact that he is an illegal president according to the provisions of the Constitution. Obama is proof that once the rules are bent once, as he has done to justify his presidential eligibility, then the rules will be bent again and again. For the Barack Obama types who function in our government, they are domestic enemies because they do not respect the Constitution as shown in their actions, because they seek to manipulate the obvious in favor of the gray areas. There is no question that Barack has managed to walk the gray area enough to prove he was a citizen born in Hawaii, but he doesn’t do such a good job of explaining his foreign status when returning to the United States to study. So he became a lawyer like the many other looters and thieves in public service and sought to manipulate the law to suit his personal agenda, which is that of a radical community organizer who seeks to uproot all the foundations America stands upon.

But he’s not the only one. I would extend the domestic enemy umbrella to include virtually all lawyers and lobbyists who seek to make a living off the tax payer instead of contributing to the ideals of the Republic. At this ceremony I found it disturbing that Senator Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown sent letters to the applicants as though their office carried some kind of weight in authority. The letters read as though both senators were noble kings of some province in Ohio instead of workers of the people’s business, just mere representatives in a Republic known as America. Brown is a constitutional revisionist himself who seeks to expand government at alarming rates, which is a very un-American idea. Virtually every petitioner for citizenship present was fleeing countries riddled with such ideas, so bringing those failed concepts to America could easily be viewed as an enemy to the American way of life. And Rob Portman, whom I liked quite a bit until he signed the recent NDAA Act without any justification wrote a letter that on the surface appeared patriotic, but the lawyer in him could not hide the contempt that is apparent in his profession. I have known Rob for a long time. He may have forgotten by now but I was the guy who videotaped the great debate at WLW when Portman ran for his seat in a special election to capture the Republican seat back in 1993. I also hung out with Portman at Longworth Hall when he was currying favor for the Ross Perot crowd in what was being called The Reform Party back then, where I spoke. Rob helped me and a friend get onto the roof of Longworth Hall and drape a huge American flag from the top that nearly hit the bottom of that tall building and brought traffic on I-75 to a near standstill as motorists slowed down to see. Portman sent me the first order for a t-shirt I designed called “Take an Axe to our Tax” in 1996, which made me feel there, was hope that after three years in government, Rob was still on the right side of things. Rob Portman is a guy I liked a lot, so you can imagine how it pains me to declare him a domestic enemy, because he voted in favor of the NDAA Act. The most dangerous enemies are those we like, those who draw our smiles, and leave us thinking they are good people, while behind our backs, they plot against us. Those are the worst domestic enemies.

For my son-in-law I know the domestic enemies he will be fighting are those of ideas. Recently, he anticipated that many family and friends from his home country of England would join him in the states, but they have all but bailed on him. After trying life in America under green cards, they are seeking the socialism of England over the freedom of America. It’s hard, especially among the youth to explain why they can’t have 6 weeks of vacations while working at a McDonald’s, and why they must learn to drive a car when they are used to riding a train. Socialism under the Labour Party in England appeared to be a benefit to all, but it has made an entire generation weak, and barely able to lift a fork to their mouths to feed themselves. When young people don’t even have the ambition to drive a car, they certainly won’t have the ambition to self-govern, which is the plan of those big government advocates, to make people addicted to their drug of socialism. My son-in-law has lost many loved ones because of socialism, in his quest for freedom. That socialism in England is the same socialism that Obama and his clan of education thugs and union lackeys are trying to bring to the United States. That’s why Cincinnati has a street car, and why the Obama administration wants fuel to be over $4 per gallon, and want smart meters on our homes to regulate our power output to support green initiatives. It’s why the government is pushing electric cars onto the Detroit Auto Show even though nobody wants them, and why the media is covering up the serious fire risk of the Chevy Volt, as those cars are catching fire due to battery cool down problems.

All those manipulators of a free lifestyle are domestic enemies, and are certainly under the classification spoke about at this ceremony as people to watch out for and fight if need be. A domestic enemy is not necessarily the terrorist who is trying to gather bomb making material to blow something up, or the would-be-assassin who is trying to obtain a gun to make a kill.Equally dangerous is the lifestyle reformer who professes to rob America of its Constitution through legal manipulation, who seeks to make gay marriage a priority over a balanced budget, who seeks to put so many people on the government feed nipple that they will always have the vote of the weak in a society mind numb and lax under socialism instead of thriving under capitalism that only is limited in the work one wishes to put forth.

I saw in that room a collected group of people who were happy to become citizens for all the right reasons and political motivations. To my mind they are more American five minutes into obtaining their certificates, than the politician who thieves off the tax dollar with the aim of a Florida condo and a yearly cruise from work they’ve provided of no value but a gradual erosion of The Constitution.
After the ceremony my family took my son-in-law to the Hofbrauhaus in Newport which is his favorite restaurant in the city of Cincinnati. There we drank the giant liter steins of Dunkel beer made behind the bar and ate a lot of food. I read the Constitution that was given to him along with the letters from the senators mentioned. As I looked it over I noted that Senator Bill Sietz was there, my nemesis on the Issue 2 referendum mentioned frequently here as one of those turn coats who chose big labor over the principles of small government. Sietz was one of those politicians who cried for change under Governor Strickland then when change came under Governor Kasich he left the governor hanging on a vine. After all Sietz was a labor lawyer and unions are a lot of his income. So he chose his livelihood over the preservation of Ohio and his network in labor.

The event in itself was a grand one. It was truly refreshing to see such joy on the faces of new American citizens. The relief these people must feel immediately after is something long-term citizens can’t fathom. As my son-in-law said, “I can travel now without my green card.” That one small notion made the beer taste just a bit better for him and the hundreds of others present that day. But for the politicians who hung themselves to the process like the looters they are, they gave the event a feeling of a married couple who truly despise each other but maintain an image of the happy family. The husband and wife put on a good face when they appear in public. But out of the public eye, they have an open marriage—the wife has many lovers all over town and out-of-town, and the husband does too spending most of his free time not reading about philosophy and history, but of new sexual partners on Craig’s List who might meet him somewhere for some new sexual adventure. That is our government, Obama, Sietz, Brown, lobbyists, attorneys, prostitutes, power addicts, officials of degraded character who have sold out the value of the Constitution for the ability to have value they do not maintain because they are lazy and weak of mind.

I would replace them all in government with the people who just obtained their citizenship on Friday the 13th 2012 in less than a second if given the opportunity, and the Republic of the United States would fare far better than its present course because it is this group of people who worked hard to get a citizenship that is coveted all over the world as excessively valuable, who appreciate it. Because it is this United States Citizenship that gives an individual the right to their own property, and the right to pursue freedom without being ordained by any political party, religious idea, or tyrant of heredity. America is all about the Battle Hymn of the Republic because the fight will march on, and domestic enemies to the Constitution will be met, and at the same time threats from foreign enemies will be confronted to preserve the value of a citizenship sworn to at St. Dominic School in Delhi under the idea and pursuit of freedom.

Meet my son-in-law and what he intends to do as he answers the battle call of an American citizen at this link:

http://abundanttruth.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/bravery-and-the-heros-call-to-adventure/

The battle before us this time does not involve a war across the sea, or the spilling of blood anywhere on earth.  The battle we are fighting for now is to restore the idea of America after many years of abuse by greedy, unsophisticated, caretakers.  And to those who wish to maintain such a quandary in American culture, fear that song.  Because it’s coming for you!  The looters, thieves, and feel good police have hijacked it for too long, and it’s time to restore it to its rightful place in our popular culture.  For it is the idea of American culture that should be spread throughout the world as evidence by the gathering of those who seek refuge under the citizenship of being an American and why such a thing has so much value.  It is that value that we protect now through first art and literature and if those things fail, then with the gun.  But we will have that value.  YOU CAN TRUST THAT DEAR READER!  So wipe away that tear that is running down your face from hearing those songs, clean your gun so that it is ready, and in the meantime spread the word.     

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  1. Thank you. Friday 13th January 2012 was a very special day for me, and marked a turning point in my life. I wrote about my citizenship ceremony in my blog for today; titled ‘Becoming American’ I hope you enjoy it. Here is the link http://abundanttruth.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/becoming-american/

    uberverumi

    January 15, 2012 at 12:38 am

  2. Congratulations! What a fine young man. A very proud moment for your family:)

    NLKM

    January 15, 2012 at 2:10 am

  3. I couldn’t agree more that there is still something special and precious about being an “American” citizen, in spite of all that our government and their private-sector cohorts have done to erode that identity, however, they must know it too and they aren’t finished yet…as if NDAA wasn’t enough, have you read about HR 3166, the Enemy Expatriation Act, under which (if passed), the gov’t could strip us of our citizenship for being merely declared “hostile” to the United States? I wonder if this bill is merely a backup to NDAA in case it does not survive a legal challenge, or if there is something “they” want to be able to do to domestic ‘hostiles’ that goes so far beyond even NDAA, that they would have to strip their targets of all Constitutional protections in order to achieve their goals. Dark days ahead, my friends. Anyone have any less depressing explanations for this pending legislation?

    jessica koebel

    January 15, 2012 at 3:58 am

  4. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am so happy for you!

    I didn’t want to hijack this thread but Jessica gave the perfect segway into this topic. Sorry about the copy/paste but this is short and to the point. I read a ton and kept this. All wrapped into a couple of paragraphs including a link for the bill.
    Anonymous is correct. Try to reach as many people as possible and write and call your statesmen. Unfortunately, those statesmen unless you live in Ky or UT..signed NDAA.
    I was skiing all day yesterday and in the lodge I made a point to meet people. We sat around and eventually got to politics, which seems to flow seamlessly these days. All knew some about NDAA but only 2 knew of this bill. I now carry print outs of all kinds of things and leave them in my car. Smart meters, NDAA, SOPA, so I gave them copies of the bill and some good information about it.
    I kept thinking…they only know about NDAA because it passed. Just like me. I had little heads up. Now I sleep with one eye open.
    I fear this will also pass…only then again to have everyone in a tizzy. It’s obvious local groups won’t touch this much. Not enough. oathkeepers.org They’re all over it as is Alex jones if you can tolerate him. He’s fantastic but grating for me.
    What’s really shocking is Fox. They won’t report on any of it. Murdoch must be getting heat. Who knows. i don’t even turn on the news except for markets which I have to watch because of work. They are inconsequential.
    We met briefly in Springboro at a meeting last summer. maybe we can get together again and talk soon…while we’re both still citizens and free from the internment camps. (There’s a statement I never thought I’d write)

    Cydvicious

    Vicious

    January 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

      • Thanks, these clowns actually think the laws they pass are worth the paper they are printed on. At this point it’s almost a joke, the audacity these goof balls display is as pretentious as an only child in a home where the parents don’t let the little one out of the house. The child grows up thinking they are all there ever was, but it’s only relative to their environment. The lawyers involved in these political dealings think their version of the law is all there is, that the money that pours into their pockets is justification for treason. They think a bunch of written rules on a piece of paper with latin foundations can somehow contain us? LOL That it can protect them?

        They are sadly mistaken and will be learning how big the world really is outside of their legal profession, and their politics. And how little they really know.

        overmanwarrior

        January 15, 2012 at 11:19 am

      • Goof balls is a loose but somewhat accurate term. What they are doing is sinister to be sure. You can’t say they didn’t read the bills on these. There’s not much to them. In the book “They thought they were free” depicts much of our society today. Fascinating read.

        Excerpt:

        “What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.

        “This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.

        End~

        last night I watched Stewart Rhodes with Alex. (New) About 45 minutes. He stated in the last frame that if you don’t have the kahonnas or the stomach (paraphrasing), then grab a beer and stand down. The patriots and oath keepers of this country will do the battle.
        We all need to be sure we don’t know a soul who would grab that beer. It’s our duty and responsibility to not passify these situations and help those navigate through who are not so wise to their evils. I believe as Jessica does that dark days are ahead and this will be no cake walk, but we come out on the other end stronger than ever. Getting there will be brutal if they so chose to continue down this road.

        Call and write and tell everyone you meet. No one will care if your wrong. Everyone will remember if you were right.
        Then we can say with an honest heart and clean conscience someday when asked what we did to save our beloved republic?
        “All we could.”

        Vicious

        January 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      • Good quote. Thanks, and there is no question that we are right at this point. Sadly.

        overmanwarrior

        January 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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