Wednesday, March 14, 2018

To be an "American" 'Under God"

Your New Bosses, ah, "Fellow Citizens."

The Citizenship Test:

Here are some lowlights from the test booklet to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.  It has two sections – civic and historical.  It asks about Martin Luther King, Susan B. Anthony and various Native American tribes and also mentions slavery.  But it also asks these questions:

  1. What is the economic system in the United States?  Answers:  ‘Capitalist economy’ or ‘market economy.’ 
    Making it clear.

  1. What are two major political parties in the United States?  Answer:  ‘Democratic and Republican.’ 
    Making it clear.

  1. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?  Answers include ‘the right to bear arms.’ 
    Pure and simple, no militia, no state qualifiers on the right to bear arms.  No mention that this interpretation is based on subsequent court decisions.

  1. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?  Answers include ‘be loyal to the United States,’ ‘defend the Constitution and laws of the United States’ and ‘serve in the U.S. military, if asked.’ 
    A lot of us are in trouble.

  1. There is no ‘mother of our country,’ only a ‘father.’  Washington!  Happy International Women’s Day!
  2. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.  Answers include ‘states’ rights.’ 
    Which was the Confederate rationale…

  1. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?  Answers include ‘serve on a jury’ and ‘vote in a federal election.’ 
    You can be cited for contempt of court by refusing to serve on a jury, but at least half the population would be in trouble if they prosecuted people for not voting.

  1. It also asks about how many wars the U.S. was involved in in the 19th Century and the 20th Century.  Answers are ‘4’ wars and ‘6’ wars respectively. 
    Some wars are not mentioned, including Afghanistan.  Preparing you for the 21st century, where we may go to 8 wars…! 
    Anyway, good luck!
    Red Frog
    March 14, 2018

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