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Citizenship – unspoken words

David posted on citizenship and voting below. I thought about his concerns, and realized that in all the discussions about immigration, citizenship, amnesty, costs, higher taxes, voting, and pressures on green country both here in and in Britain, there are two words I never hear.

Those are the two words in the Book of Common Prayer's marriage vow – “to love and cherish”. Though citizens of Britain and America don’t use those words, I feel sure that most of them love and cherish their respective countries. And while they understand that immigrants are coming to Britain or America for many different reasons, and largely for economic ones, they hope that they, too, will love and cherish their country and their fellow citizens.

Some do. Some sacrifice their lives for them. At Virginia Tech, 76-year-old Professor Liviu Librescu rushed to hold his classroom door against the gunman. He was killed. His students escaped.

To come to a new country and refuse to learn the language, to insist on government assistance and health care and voting rights while caring nothing about the traditions and concerns of fellow citizens – how is that loving?

Citizens of Britain who once welcomed newcomers now feel overwhelmed by the numbers of people who are coming. It is hard to cherish your guests when a thousand have unexpectedly arrived and they don’t seem to care a fig about you.

Nor, apparently, does the government, whose actions speak volumes.

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