Citizenship: Do Americans understand it?

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Naturalization of new citizens on June 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Citizenship seems to be misunderstood by many within America. Since around 2007, there are those in Congress who define citizenship differently than in past generations. So, what is citizenship and does it matter? Within American politics today this question is being asked by members of Congress, special interest groups, and the mainstream news media. In the post-Obama nation it seems as if there’s little to no distinction between citizen and illegal immigrant.

This started out to be a single post about the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship. But as I began to prepare this entry, I realized understanding it means to be a citizen cannot be summarized in one post. This will be the first of a series of posts discussing citizenship.

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Political climate is based on national ignorance

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It has been over a year since my last entry on this blog. For the past few months, I have struggled about the direction and the topics I should discuss. One of the things causing problems is our own ignorance of the philosophies behind the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The ignorance has created a hostile political climate nationwide. We’ve entered an era of hyper-partisanship where people are being denied service based on political ideology.1

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Capitalism – a defense

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U.S. Coins and Paper Money

Capitalism. By many, it is seen as a great evil. For the last four years, I have seen an increase in the number of students who self-identify as socialists. This semester is no exception. Although the summer semester is only in the first week of courses, I’ve already been asked how I can support capitalism. This is not a new question and is one that I answer at least three times during the average semester. And each time I am asked, I not only defend capitalism but explain why it works. I also explain why capitalism is the only economic principle where true personal liberty is protected and thrives.

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