American citizen.

Esta noche (viernes, 5 de junio), tuve el privilegio de asistir a una cena de celebración en honor a Rafael, un hombre peruano que, esta misma mañana, tomó un juramento para convertirse en un nuevo ciudadano de los Estados Unidos. Familia y los amigos de Rafael estuvieron presentes en la cena. Y, sólo para añadir una característica interesante, también celebramos el cumpleaños un hombre de la familia.

It has been said that one becomes a citizen of these United States by swearing allegiance to a set of ideas– those in the Constitution.  And underlying that document is a self-evident truth as set forth in our Declaration of Independence: All people are created equal.  Do we live up to these ideas, this self-evident truth?  Sometimes.  And often we don’t.  But those documents–the Declaration, the Constitution, that pesky Bill of Rights– prod us, poke us, push us to do better.  And Rafael thinks these ideas are worth swearing allegiance to.

May all countries, your citizens and ours, live in peace and prosperity.

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2 thoughts on “American citizen.

  1. Mr Williams. It was a pleasure to meet you last night. We’ll definitely keep up with your work on this blog.

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