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"We the People..."
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Got this email from the President (and founder) of my workplace:


As a good citizen, I am sure you are aware that today is Citizenship Day. If you are not familiar with this national celebration, Citizenship Day commemorates the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution of the United States and recognizes all who, by birth or by naturalization, have become citizens. Citizenship Day, established to replace Constitution Day and "I Am An American Day," was signed into law by President Harry Truman on February 29, 1952.


Because of our special mission, every day becomes Citizenship Day for all of us at Close Up. We know and teach that civic involvement is a lifelong process, far beyond a once-a-year focus.


On this day, as we prepare for another program year, I want to salute you for your commitment to our shared mission and thank you for being a part of our work.


Definitely one of those "now I know why I work at this madhouse" moments...


Not all defenders of the Constitution are in the US Military. I see the passion and dedication of the people I work with; I read the testimonials from the kids who they've inspired, who've had their lives changed by their week in Washington... Our lives may not be on the line, but we are defending the Constitution. Sorry to toot my own horn, but it feels good to realize that sometimes.


So, I'll just close with my preferred version of the Pledge:


I pledge allegiance to the Constitution
Of the United States of America,
And to the Republic which stands on it-
One Nation, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.


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I thought you worked there for the free drugs and loose wimmenz!

No, that's why I LARP.

::COMMENT DELETED TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT::

(if there are any left...)

So today the cafeteria where I work is having a celebration to celebrate one of their employees obtaining his citizenship. I went down, got lunch and congratulated him.

I've often felt that the conventional Pledge had a "Pied Piper of Hamlin" feel to it: "I'll follow the flag, regardless of where it's going or why."

I try to avoid saying the Pledge - I already have a couple of oaths to "protect and defend the Constitution" in force, so I don't feel too bad about it. It can sometimes make for awkward moments, however.

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