Speech for Naturalization Ceremony – Albuquerque, NM

Heather WilsonRemarks by The Honorable Heather Wilson
Former Member of Congress
Naturalization Ceremony
Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
March 5, 2010

It’s such a pleasure to be with you to celebrate this wonderful day in your lives. Let me be one of the first to welcome you as America’s newest citizens. Many Americans take this gift of citizenship for granted. Many of us are here because our forefathers, at some point, made the choice you just made.

We didn’t have to pass a test, or know the Constitution, or demonstrate that we can speak English. You’ve made a choice. You waited. You worked hard. You studied. And now, as someone told me at a previous nationalization ceremony, you get to have a second birthday: the day you became an American. And from now on, when someone asks you your nationality, you can smile and say those wonderful words, “I’m an American.”

Over 230 years ago, a sparsely populated collection of colonies on the edge of a vast continent embarked on an experiment in self-government that was not expected to succeed. Men and some women who had a great deal to lose pledged everything they had – their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor – to secure liberty and prove that a people could govern themselves. Many of those men who signed the declaration of independence did lose their lives, and their fortunes, and their families to secure our liberty. But none of them – not one – ever turned their back on their pledge. They never lost their honor.

These founding Americans were some of the first to let go of their past in order to build a new future. You are some of the most recent.
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Whose Side Is President Bush On?

George W. Bush I abhor Clinton-bashers and Bush-bashers alike. Bill Clinton neither did everything right nor everything wrong. Geroge Bush has not done everything right or everything wrong.

The prevailing attitude in partisan politics is that “my guy” can do anything and I will defend him but “your guy” is always wrong no matter what he does. This is just nonsense. People should learn to actually think and not just follow the crowd blindly. Shouldn’t we hold all politicians to the same high standard regardless of whether they are in our preferred party or not?

My friend from StumbleUpon, Right-Rice, pointed out this story to me.

Why is President Bush siding with drug smugglers in this border patrol issue? Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila plans to sue the USA for $5,000,000. He claims that while illegally transporting 743 pounds of marijuana into the States, the Border Patrol violated his civil rights. What they really did was try to arrest him. When Aldrete-Davila fled, there may have been an exchange of gunfire. Some suggest that the real error is that the agents did not report the incident properly.

Border issues are a nightmare. We need a clear policy that we enforce. Let’s quit passing laws, not enforcing them and then claiming we have a new “law” based on our practice. That is shoddy government.

In the meantime, when our police force try to arrest someone from another country with almost half a ton of illegal drugs, let’s throw them a party rather than throw the book at them. Come on President Bush, get this one right.