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Loyalty Oath

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Submitted by SarahSue (United States), Apr 11, 2009 at 21:31

It would seem that many take delight in misunderstanding the statement Avigdor Lieberman made about an oath of allegiance to the State of Israel. It was clearly meant for all Israelis regardless of religion or country of origin. Whether you were a naturalized Russian immigrant or an Israeli by birth, of the Jewish religion, of the Christian religion, of the islamic religion or an atheist, all would be required to take the same oath.

Yet he is accused even here in the comments of being bad for Israel, a racist, and discriminating against the muslims. He is accused of trying to silence the voices of those that disagree with current or past governments. Why?

I am a fourth generation American Jew. Never, in my family's entire history would we have failed to take a loyalty oath to the great land of America. No matter who was the President at the time, no matter how much we disagreed with the policies being inacted, no matter how much we disliked the man sitting in the Presidential Chair.

Our pledge would have been to God, to the Constitution, to the land, to the people, to our great Armed Forces and to the Office of President. I am loyal to President Obama even though I think he will be the worst president we have ever had, even though I think every decision he is making is the wrong one. Yet if he asked me to put my life in jeopardy for my country, I would do it with no questions asked.

Avigdor Lieberman is asking the people of Israel to pledge the same thing. How does this make him bad? How does this make him a racist? How is this discriminatory?

The fact is, he not guilty of any of the charges against him. The only people that oppose him are the ones that are not loyal to anything or anyone except themselves. They are the one that would destroy Israel in a heart beat. They are the ones that think that loyalty is an outdated concept. They are the one that take all their country has to offer without gratitude or appreciation, without thinking they need to give something back. They are the ones that would bite the hand that feeds them. And they are the ones that need to be deported and sent to a country that will tolerate their sorry asses. The big question is, what country would tolerate such a wretched bunch of malcontents and trouble makers? What country would let them become citizens without taking an oath of loyalty? The answer is not one.

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