Leadership, An Oath, and Citizenship
Currently, this is the oath for citizenship in the
United States taken at a naturalization ceremony.
The Oath of Allegiance
I hereby declare, on oath,
that I absolutely and entirely renounce and
abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign
prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom
or which I have heretofore been a subject or
that I will support and defend the Constitution
and the laws of the United States against all
enemies, foreign and domestic;
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the
that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States
when required by the law; and
that I take this obligation freely, without any
mental reservation or
purpose of evasion,
so help me God.
I would say that most Americans don't have a clue
about what's in the oath of allegiance...I know I
didn't, but then again I have been practicing U.S.
Presidents, State Capitals and such for the past 5
years while Laura, my Colombian wife has been on a
path of Citizenship.
It's all been quite interesting because it has
happened during what most will call a cultural
We did this all ourselves and while it's possible, I
guess I don't recommend it to others. Best thing to
do is find some help, although I will say from the
moment we discussed it, Laura has been a committed
leader in this respect.
So much so, that on the eve of her naturalization,
June 14, just 6 years and 1 week after our first
meeting, I felt compelled to say a few words about
I suppose the biggest challenge for people from
another country is to learn our history and
geography. That's a pretty daunting process in its
own. Yet, what is most difficult is the language,
because the language has all sorts of tacit curves
and turns that in a lot of cases are really
difficult to master.
I know in trying to understand other cultures these
past few years, it's been a mind-boggling process,
which has more than anything, led to my own
turnabout, if what has happened could be called that
Clotaire Rapaille has written a new book on his
ideas of "code" called The Culture Code.
Here's what he writes about America:
"America has always had it's detractors. However,
the number and threat level of these detractors
seems to have ratcheted up in the early years of the
twenty-first century. In a poll by the Pew Research
Center released in June 2005, unfavorable opinions
of America ranged from 29 percent in India to 79
percent in Jordan. The majority of those polled in
most of our ally countries had an unfavorable
opinion of America, including 57 percent in France,
59 percent in Germany, and 59 percent in Spain.
Rapaille goes on to explain why for a variety of
reasons the culture code is different:
The Codes for America from these countries:
- France: Space Travelers
- Germany: John Wayne
- England: Unashamedly Abundant
Codes for each country from each country:
- France: Idea
- Germany: Order
- England: Class
Well, for a lot of reasons, this book is a must
read because it helps us deal with the differences
between each culture.
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For us, Laura becomes a citizen...I don't know
the code for Colombia...I haven't visited since we
got married, even though invitations abound...but
I'm waiting for Uribe to settle things down
first...and he got elected again...so perhaps soon,
the inlaws are anxious to see the "big boy" she
married. Her father has 17 brothers and on her
mother's side there are 5, so for a person with not
much memory for names and faces, it should be an
interesting gambit, for sure.
time to reach my inner circle….
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