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Non-citizens care less about America?

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in response to reader comment: -- Dear Jenny Solis

Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Dec 10, 2008 at 13:45

Hello Alice,

Your last sentence seems to infer non-citizens care less about America.

It's been my experience non-citizens, more often than not, care more; appreciate more the freedoms this great country offers.

Perhaps you should venture out beyond your local dog kennel club and surrounding neighborhood; you might find a surprise or two.

I am indeed an American citizen; born here in California. I very often appreciate the company of friends from other countries; Armenian, Indian, Central American, Jordinian, Bangladeshi. These are collectively extremely patriotic; my Armenian friend has not one, not two, but five American flags hanging in, and on, his shop downtown. I've had long discussions with my Jordinian friends over politics; my Indian friend operates the local Italian restaurant, and I've never met a more enterprising, inventive, ambitious person (not to mention, quite an excellent chef as well). I'll never forget the evening my friend from Bangladesh came calling; he was absolutely ecstatic over having attained his American citizenship that day - his wife, children had long since become citizens; however, as an adult male from Bangladesh, he had a few more "hoops" to jump through (a side-bit: he once came calling, and opened with this - "I am now a Protestant Muslim; I protest everything Muslim!").

Am I less than patriotic for having such associations?

Is it wrong to have hours-long discussion, years-long friendship with interesting, admirable, inspirational peoples who have more appreciation for America in their little finger than do many, many Americans?

The cultural vacuum, which has spred like a virus throughout the native-born U.S. population via the "welfare state"; big government; OCD, ADD, PTSD (motivation-replaced-by-medication); union brainwashing; tree-hugging anti-gun pro-liquidation of anything resembling personal responsibility has been, not surprisingly, increasingly, filled with foreigners who are stuptified at our stupidity.

Of course, my foreign friends are much too polite to articulate this; often, when hearing (for example) an Albertson's employee bruised his pinky, ergo received a month off with pay, physical therapy, and then lauched a lawsuit against the store, they do get a somewhat puzzled look on their face.

I consider myself very patriotic; and, I find it frustrating so many AMERICANS take for granted our great freedom, which was payed for by the blood, sweat of our great military veterans. Freedom through military victory; free enterprise; capitalism; personal responsibility are the cornerstones which created the U.S.A.

But then, I imagine you, Alice, voted for Obama. Guess who my friend from Bangladesh voted for?

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