Thursday, July 01, 2010

"Touchy Topics" on July 4th

Frank Q&A regarding the meaning of CITIZENSHIP & why to hoist
a flag on July 4th.

1. What does it really mean being a US citizen?
It means you owe your primary allegiance to the USA. That is you
consider the USA as the most important nation to you.

2. Does being a US citizen mean that I have to cut all ties to my
old country and my affection for people in my old country?

NO. The US neither expects, nor desires for, you to behave that way.
People can't turn on or off their emotion like a machine. You can continue
to love and care for people in your old country. However, you are to owe
your first allegiance to the USA.
If a person can turn on and off his/her emotion simply because of a
naturalization ceremony to be a US citizen, the US can NOT count on that
individual as a citizen. Why? Such an individuals may also one day cut the
USA off, after another ceremony.

3. What if I don't want to give my primary allegiance to the US?
Then don't apply to be a US citizen. Is it right to want the advantages of
being a US citizen and yet not live up to the accompanying obligations?

4. Why should I celebrate July 4th?
Let's look at 3 reasons.
1) the blessings of liberty each citizen enjoys,
2) the ample opportunities afforded to all, even though Asian Ams still
don't enjoy equal opportunity at workplaces, and
3) the freedom to criticize the country and be not only tolerated, but
also praised as fulfilling one's patriotic duty to push America to
become a "more perfect union."

5. Why does 80-20 urge its supporters to hoist a flag on July
4th? To be more American than Americans?

NO. Two reasons that you may want to hoist a flag.
1) It's the right thing to do, for the reasons mentioned in 4), and
2) There is also a pragmatic reason. A lot of our compatriots think that
we, Asian Ams, are more loyal to our old countries than to the USA. So
long as they think that way, we'll not be able to achieve our equal
opportunity in workplaces.

Hoisting a flag is complementary to 80-20's usage of group political
clout to induce the political establishment to help us break the glass
ceiling above us.

6. Why should I join 80-20?
Because 80-20 works on problems that each of us as an individual
cannot solve. In addition, 80-20 cuts to the chase, tells it as it is, and is
To join 80-20, please click
. Or send a check to
80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229. $35 for Basic, & $50 for
family (2 votes). Please place your e-address(es) at the back of your check.

Hoist a flag on July 4th and count our blessings of liberty!

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo
Acting Exec. Director (a volunteer), 80-20 PAC, Inc.

* Don't have a flag? Go buy one! It's inexpensive. Let's each do one's
share to the best of our ability. Your children will thank you.