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How I Passed My U.S. Citizenship Test: By Keeping the Right Answers to Myself

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Posted on Feb 23, 2011

By Dafna Linzer, ProPublica

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Many of the test questions, organized under topics such as “system of government,” “geography” and “American history” are correct and informative. Since I’m a reporter, one tugged at my heart.

Question 55 asks: What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? Among the correct answers: “write to a newspaper.”

At my interview, I was asked questions on presidential succession, the Cabinet, Senate terms and the Supreme Court. I was asked to name a branch of government. (I went with the executive.)

I was asked Question 8: What did the Declaration of Independence do?

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Heeding my lawyer’s advice, I went with the official answer: “declared our independence.”

I answered six consecutive questions correctly and moved on to the language section of the exam. Native English speakers are not exempt from this section and I was asked to read aloud the following sentence: “Columbus Day is in October.”

I was then asked to write a sentence in English. Remarkably, it was the same sentence: “Columbus Day is in October.”

Next, I reaffirmed answers I had given on my citizenship application

Was I a member of the Communist Party? Was I member of a totalitarian party? Am I a terrorist? Although I was born in 1970, I was asked: Between March 23, 1933, and May 8, 1945, did I work for or associate in any way with the Nazi government of Germany? Had I worked at a concentration camp?

The officer who interviewed me, Sandy Saint Louis, had to ask me the questions. But she didn’t even look up or wait for my responses. She checked off “No” after each one.

She did pay attention when she asked whether I was a habitual drunkard, a polygamist, a drug-smuggler, a felon, a tax-evader.

My paperwork was in order, my background check was complete. When the interview was over, Saint Louis pressed a large wooden seal into a red ink pad and stamped “approved” across my application. A wave of relief washed over me and my lawyer shot me a sweet smile. Ten days later, when I returned for the swearing-in, a brief and final questionnaire asked if I had engaged in prostitution since the interview. I checked “No.”

On Friday, Jan. 28, accompanied by my family, I was among 160 citizens-in-waiting who filed into a third floor auditorium in lower Manhattan to be sworn in as Americans. On our seats were an American flag, a copy of the Constitution, a booklet featuring the stories of prominent naturalized Americans and a welcome letter from President Obama.

Reading the letter, I began to cry. I had spent more than one-quarter of my life hoping to become American, and I was suddenly overwhelmed by the honor and the significance of the moment. The place I have called home for 12 years was finally claiming me as well.

I looked around the room and saw other fortunate souls with long journeys now behind them, quietly weeping with joy.

An immigration official asked us all to stand, and to remain standing, when the name of our country of origin was called out. After he read through the names of 44 countries, we were all standing, waving our flags.

Together, we took the Oath of Allegiance and were then seated as citizens of one nation.

Everyone in the room that day had scored a perfect 100 percent on the test and, for fun, an official decided to test us all once more. Who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner”? he asked. Only a few called out “Francis Scott Key,” perhaps because that question is no longer on the test. It was prominently removed four years ago.

A newly sworn-in citizen led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. We sang the national anthem and then watched a video message from the president shown at every swearing-in ceremony across the country.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to call you a fellow citizen of the United States of America,” Obama told us. “This is now officially your country.”

There were more tears. At the end of the hour, we received certificates of naturalization and were given instructions on how to obtain U.S. passports.

My family and I left soon afterward. It was 10:30 a.m. and cold outside. We took the subway uptown. Three children got off at three different stops, headed to their schools or the library. We took the youngest up to his school. He walked in clutching his American flag and announced proudly to his teachers that “Mommy is American.”

At a party that evening, I displayed the letter from Obama and laid out the flashcards. Over Sam Adams beer and mini-burgers, I spoke about the ceremony and test. The host led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance, my second of the day. Looking around the room, I realized that a significant number of my friends are journalists, writers, academics and lawyers. It’s a nitpicky crowd and during three hours of celebration they noticed additional errors in the questions.

At the end of the night, one of the catering staff gathered up the flashcards and as she held them out to me, she revealed that next month she too will take her citizenship test. I was thrilled. I closed my first day as an American citizen by handing them over to her. “Which ones did you say were wrong again?” she asked. “Just give the official answer,” I said, “and you’ll do fine.”

You can follow Linzer at @dafnalinzer.


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By Hogorina, March 19, 2011 at 10:16 am Link to this comment
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GLENN BECK’S TEA PARTY GOD
Posted By hogorina - Sat, Mar 19 2011 at 12:40 AM EST


          GLENN BECK’S TEA PARTY GOD

GLENN BECK USES DOUBLE SPEAK, ( LOCK JAWED ), AS TO
WHAT MESSAGE HIS GOD MIGHT BE SENDING TO JAPAN, WHILE
THIS NATION IS EXPERIENCI­NG IT’S PRESENT PREDICAMEN­T.
ACTUALLY, THERE ARE MANY ORIENTAL AND WESTERN WORLD
GODS, THAT HAVE HUNCKERED DOWN WITHIN THAT NATION
SINCE WW11, UNDER THE LATE PRESIDENTI­AL POLITICAL
GANGSTER, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, PSEUDO DEMOCRACIE­S’
FROM THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE­. HAS LED THE FIELD OF
CRIMINALIT­Y WITHIN ILLEGAL INVESTMENT­S. THIS
SYNDICATED NETWORK HAS NESTED ON ITS FINANCIAL ROOST
FOR MANY YEARS GLOBALLY, WITH SUCH POLITICAL
INVESTMENT­S, ( GODS OF THEFT ), AND ALL OF A SUDDEN
HAVE BECOME POLITICALL­Y RETROACTIV­ATED, BEING
SMOTHERED WITHIN, WHILE FALLING INTO THE CLUTCHES OF
MOTHER NATURE’S WRATH. MONEY-HUNG­RY INVESTORS’ HAVE
CREATED THE MASSIVE RADIATION KILLING FIELDS, IN
ALLYING WITH A ROYALTY OF PROFESSION­ALS, OF WHOM
SADDLE THE DEBT OF WELCOMED GAMMA RAYS, WITH RUN-AWAY
GLOBALIZED MARKETING FINANCIAL RACKETEERS­. IS BECK
SPEAKING OF ZIONISM’S GOD, ISRAEL’S GOD, JUDAH’S GOD,
OR CATHOLOCIS­M’S GOD OR PROTESTANT­ISM’S GOD, OR
MAYBE, THE GOD’S OF FOOLS THAT PREY UPON HELPLESS
SOULS, THAT ARE SUFFERING WITHIN JAPAN. FOOLS RUSH IN
WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD. GLENN BECK HAD BETTER ASK
HIS OWN GOOD AND GREAT GOD WHAT JAPAN MUST DO, WITH
OUT PULLING DOWN THE WRATH OF ANY GOD, THAT
SUPPOSEDLY HAS NO BODY PARTS OR PASSIONS, A GOD THAT
HEARS NOR KNOWS ANYTHING. JAPAN NEEDS MAN’S HELP
INSTEAD OF POLITICAL PULPIT POUNDING! MONEY TALKS
WHILE IMAGINARY GODS SLEEP!”

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By Psychobabbler, March 1, 2011 at 2:02 am Link to this comment

Thanks PatrickHenry, I thought I might have been going bonkers.

I took a test recently to renew my drivers license and several of the questions had 2 technically correct answers. It made me wonder if it was done intentionally to make me read the book.

Feast your mind on my new conspiracy theory!

More importantly, I think that there might be more or less than 31 flavors of ice cream at Baskin Robbins!

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By Inherit The Wind, February 27, 2011 at 10:29 am Link to this comment

I read this back and forth and quite frankly, the answers the author claims are “wrong” are, in fact, no more than ambiguous.
1) The Cabinet.  The Cabinet was established by George Washington and was not defined in the Constitution. All Cabinet officers serve at the pleasure of the President.  While no elected official can be appointed to an executive position by the President, there is NOTHING I am aware of that defines the Cabinet other than precedent.  As the V-P is a surrogate for the President, I see no reason legally for him not to be a member.  At, of course, the President’s pleasure.
2) Who makes Federal Law? The US Congress.  The President can speed up the process by signing into law a bill that is passed by a simple majority in both Houses, but the Congress STILL can make it law with 2/3 majority in both Houses.
3) Rule of Law: How is “No one is above the law” wrong?  Richard Nixon learned that the hard way.
4) Supreme Law of the Land:  “Aghast” that it’s the Constitution? Why? It’s the Constitution itself that spells out what the “Supreme Law” is, and certainly the history since Marbury vs. Madison shows that the Constitution supersedes Federal law.
5) 13 Stripes: It was the 13 Colonies that made the 13 states—this is nit-picking on the level of “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”

I thought this article was going to be about SERIOUS errors, like saying immigrants’ votes only count 3/4 of a native-born citizen’s vote, or that the President had to be married.

You want SERIOUS mis-information by Immigration? Here it is. When we adopted our younger child, we first visited him in Guatemala.  Then we went again and brought our infant home. Under US Law, he came with us under an IR3 visa, which means the moment he hit US territory he was a US Citizen.  Yet Immigration told us “Congratulations! He’s now a permanent resident and you can apply for him to become a citizen.”

We were astonished and dismayed: Every piece of information we found and every document we signed, had notarized indicated that he would immediately be a citizen, not a permanent resident alien.  The uniformed officials at Immigration at the airport didn’t know WTF they were talking about. 

About 6 weeks after we returned home we got the official letter from The President (well, the unreasonable facsimile thereof—Dumbya) confirming his citizenship and welcoming as a US Citizen.

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By hark, February 26, 2011 at 11:24 pm Link to this comment
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The only sense I can make of “the rule of law” is that we humans made up the law, and we (the people in control) rule on it.

Now what good does that do anyone?

None, of course.

The truth is, it’s the rule of those in power.  Period.

Good piece, this.

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By Tom Edgar, February 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm Link to this comment

I am a naturalised Australian.  Well I like to call it being “Born Again.” only this time I chose the spot.

It has changed, but after voting, and even being a prospective Parliamentary candidate, more importantly considered myself to be an Australian.Suddenly, British people had to be naturalised,evidently being unnatural before, all Australians previously were considered British. So I sent for an application, I do not recall making any declarations for allegiance to the Queen. I am not, nor ever have been, a Monarchist. Received by return mail my citizenship.  It didn’t change a thing for me.  I felt no amazing emotional transubstantiation feelings. But then I’m, as most Australians, and unlike Americans, in no need for B S to convince myself that being Australian is better than being anything else. Sorry Canada but we don’t have next door neighbours like yours, and it isn’t as cold.

Going FROM Canadian to U S American. Now that is really going down market, at least you now have nice northern neighbours.

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By PatrickHenry, February 26, 2011 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

Psychobabbler,

My belief that media has an impact on public opinion is not based on nutty conspiracy theory.

You are right on the mark.

http://proliberty.com/observer/20090118.htm

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By andrushka, February 26, 2011 at 7:32 am Link to this comment

Having lived in the US some 12 years, and having had enough, although in the sixties there seemed to be less idiots living in the US, we left my husband (German) and I (French) to return to Europe.  I have NEVER regretted it.  Can’t possibly understand the attraction of this Canadian for the American citizenship.

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By Psychobabbler, February 26, 2011 at 4:35 am Link to this comment

My belief that media has an impact on public opinion is not based on nutty conspiracy theory.

The business sponsored news here is taking us for a ride.
Not in a let’s take a ride Mr. Jones way, but in a Zodiac Killer pulls over to the side of the rode and offers a ride to Ma’am kind of way.

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By Psychobabbler, February 26, 2011 at 4:11 am Link to this comment

The people in this country are being taken for a ride.
Please help sir or Madam.

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By TrueScoundrel, February 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment
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I proudly, and unashamedly proclaim myself to be a citizen of the world; no test necessary. I am legally bound to the U.S., but my allegiance is not to the U.S., it is to all the world, and its peoples. I might have to lie in order to get a passport or I may remain true to my beliefs and “go Illegal.” Having a certificate of citizenship is no more significant to me than having a driver’s license, an address, or being in the phone book.

The Constitution of the United States was a good effort, but it turns out to be, like the American flag: A worthless piece of cloth or parchment, a graven Image, an idol, easily corrupted with the passage of time, and having no more significance than the book of Leviticus, or the overwhelming majority of Biblical passages, the passages of other renowned religious texts, and the volumes of social, and political sciences. There are no writings or teachings that I will accept without giving a critical analysis: I live by my wits, and by the guidance of the metaphysical.

Those who blindly serve their countries, ideologies, religions, tribes, clan, ethnic group, race, family, etc. are robotic in their thought processes. Those willing to kill from instruction, and not from mortal necessity, because of such abstract, superficial allegiances are mindless fools and the worst kind of reprobates. I do not respect them, let alone honor them. “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” I’m a scoundrel whose last refuge is authentic democracy, authentic egalitarian democracy is the only entity that provides any semblance of protection from tyranny. I’ll vote in the U.S., but I’d be happy to vote in Libya, or Timbuktu, if they’d let me.

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By Ray Duray, February 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

The year was 1908…

A Russian immigrant woman comes to Ellis Island intent on a new life.

Every immigrant was faced with a stone faced immigration officer who attempts to deny immigration on the grounds of disease, mental incompetence, or revolutionary intent.

The final question every new immigrant is asked is this: “Will you, by means of armed rebellion or sedition, attempt to overthrown the government of the United States?”

The young woman reflected on the question for a moment then looked the agent straight in the eye and queitly responded, “Sedition”.

Fortunately for us, she passed the test… she might even be Robert Scheer’s mom. smile

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By ROBERT N. JOHNSON, February 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment
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QUEENI SUMS UP MY SENTIMENTS. I LEFT THE U.S. TO LIVE IN COSTA RICA MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE IGNORANCE AND MEAN SPIRITEDNESS THAT ARE PERVASIVE THERE.  THE COUNTRY, SADLY, IS SINKING INTO A PIT OF PERMANENT SQUALOR AND DIVISION.

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By The Blog Fodder, February 25, 2011 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment
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I understand WHAT you did, but why in hell would you do it?

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By DavidByron, February 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

Wow.  Canada to US?  Talk about a downgrade.

What ridiculous stuff to point out in the test.  The test is full of huge political lies with real consequences and he chose to highlight nit-picky crap nobody cares about.

Rule of law?  Really?  You see no bigger issue than what was in the article with the US and the rule of law?

Asking if people are in the communist party when the 1st amendment guarantees the right of assembly, specifically to prohibit exactly that sort of witch hunt?

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By JohannG, February 25, 2011 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

Congratulations and thanks for this informative and
funny piece. The U.S. of A. can use more people like
you right about now. You’ve lived here for a long time
and know the pros and cons of being an American
Citizen. I would guess that you kept your Canadian
Citizenship and when travelling most places on this little Earth will use your Canadian Passport.

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By Psychobabbler, February 25, 2011 at 4:22 am Link to this comment

One more thing.

Memorize this: “The customer is always right”
That is a ridiculously untrue and creepy statement that conjures up thoughts of enslavement, but the truth gets fuzzy in a marketing driven society.

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By Psychobabbler, February 25, 2011 at 3:51 am Link to this comment

All I know is that the president and vice president of Canada are Doug an and Bob Mckenzie “It’s a Jelly”.

Be careful not to lose your confidence or you might end up homeless.

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By Byard Pidgeon, February 25, 2011 at 1:54 am Link to this comment
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I’ve had Canadian friends who have lived here for decades, but who are adamant
about retaining their Canadian citizenship…well, some of them returned to
Canada, actually, after the SCOTUS coup of 2000.
I have to say, I will read anything of yours with a great deal of skepticism, based
on what seems to be a marginal, at best, understanding of this country.

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By zonth_zonth, February 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment

Seen or heard of any Norwegians crawling over each other to get into the US?  Swedish, Finnish?

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By FRTothus, February 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment

Keep your Polish passport current, whatever you do.

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By rico, suave, February 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm Link to this comment

Good for MS Linzer!!

She for one is proud to be an American, unlike so many of you truthdig posters.

Maybe some of you could get in touch with her and tell her how badly she fucked up.

“Dreaming of the day she would become an American!” What a sap! Doesn’t she realize now she will surely die for lack of health care? Doesn’t she realize that some of her taxes will go toward killing babies and Wall Street bonuses? Somebody PLEASE show the poor girl the error of her ways! Tell her Canada is paradise by all measures compared to the US.

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By RenZo, February 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

I am taken aback that someone from Canada O Canada could leave that citizenship behind to grab this one. When the Achille Lauro was taken over they looked for those with American passports, not the Canadians. No one hates Canada. Not even the wicked fundamentalist jihadist moslems on the Paki-Ghani border. I am taken aback.

(as Michelle O said during the campaign) I was never so proud of being an American as when a very close friend,  an ethnic Russian and Moscovite, was granted asylum here in the US. I was in ICE court with him that day. I testified for him, wholeheartedly. The problem was that he is gay, was then, and is also HIV positive and was that, also, then too. He had been tortured by the city police in Moscow more than once for being in a location where homos hung out. He was not doing anything we might think of as illegal there, but what difference to totalitarian police state agents.

When the judge declared his petition granted, I was, as were you during your process, choked up. No, truth is I really cried. My overwhelming thought was “Finally, finally finally finally the US does something, some one little thing ... really RIGHT.”

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By Blackspeare, February 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

Ksenia…

“and yet I feel more Russian than ever. Does this make sense?”

Yes, you are suffering from a condition known as “Multi-Culturalism.”

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By Mark A. Goldman, February 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment

I’ve long held that the way we pick a vice-president is unconstitutional.  The VP almost never does the job he was elected to do and since there’s a high probability that any given VP will become the next president, allowing one man to choose his successor—or likely successor—is certainly not democratic or consistent with the original intention of the framers.  But as others have said… sadly, our elected officials do not, in general, seem the least bit interested in defending the Constitution… but then again, neither do a great many citizens.

Maybe our only hope is to allow many more people from other countries become US citizens. People from other places are likely to take their oath more seriously than our citizens or elected officials do, and maybe they would value their freedoms enough to defend them… http://www.gpln.com/howiseeit.htm

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By Bisbonian, February 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment
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Welcome aboard.

I did much the same thing to get a Military History degree from the US Air Force Academy.

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By SarcastiCanuck, February 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment
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Jeeze Dafina,I failed when I didn’t know Babe Ruths batting average in 1928 or how to split an atom with a knitting needle.Damn those questions are tough.Good luck ex-pat and hope you have good medical insurance…Also,please read Queenie,she/he seems very bright,articulate and remorseful.A true benchmark of the States I fear.

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By Mark A. Goldman, February 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

On Citizenship
http://www.gpln.com/citizen.htm

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By Ksenia, February 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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The answers are simply simplified (pardon my unintended pun). There are however commom misconceptions about many instances in the US history. This whole thing about Civil War somehow being about slavery… I had a good choke when I learned that emancipation declaration was about slaves in the South first, the North was emancipated couple years later… That was interesting. So it was about bustin South economy based on slavery more so than actually freeing human beings from bondage. And on and on and on… I went through the flash cards too, memorized them, passed with flying colors and applied for an american passport so I could travel without need to file for entry visa.

The weird thing during interview was that the officer asked me whether I was from Poland (I am from Ukraine and my paperwork stated that clearly) and when I said ‘no’ he asked me what I thought of Poland and them being ‘great allies in war in Iraq’. I was puzzled and I said that Ukraine had long history of animocity and friendship (depending which century you look at) with Polish people and Poland and the feeling were at best mixed. What the hell was that about? Anyway, I am a citizen now, and yet I feel more Russian than ever. Does this make sense?

Ksenia

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By happier in Canada, February 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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They can’t define the rule of law because the US regime no longer applies it. I can see personal reasons for your move, but otherwise, you’re better to stick with Canada.

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By Roger Lafontaine, February 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment
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Welcome to the sheep herd. May you bleat in blissful ignorance for many years to come.

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By Dick Betlem, February 24, 2011 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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Why in the world should a Canadian desire to become an American (and weep for joy on achieving it)?

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By pa reader, February 24, 2011 at 10:58 am Link to this comment
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Welcome, citizen smile I enjoyed your story for the humor, and found myself tearing up, too. Thank you.

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By EJH, February 24, 2011 at 8:21 am Link to this comment
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Why the hell did the writer want to become a citizen of the US? 
Being a member of that sinking ship is nothing to be proud of. 
America is a disaster and a disgrace.

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By Observer, February 24, 2011 at 4:30 am Link to this comment
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This question > Between March 23, 1933, and May 8, 1945, did I work for or associate in any way with the Nazi government of Germany? is under review currently and will be replaced with > DID you sympathize or have you been an associate in any way,form or fashion with that Nazi government of Israel ?

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By SteveL, February 24, 2011 at 2:18 am Link to this comment

Don’t feel bad we have and entire congress, executive branch and court system
that ignores everything in the constitution.  Rack up your experience for training
for what is to come.  Congratulations on your citizenship

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By Matthew, February 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment
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The Vice President is not an elected official.  At no point in the election process does any voter havfe an opportunity to vote for who they want the Vice President to be.  Primary voters select a general election candidate for their party, and then must accept their candidate’s choice for VP.  In the general election, voters do not have the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidate for president without having to accept that candidate’s choice for VP.  The VP is appointed by the President just like all other cabinet level officials, he is just appointed in advance of the election instead of after.  For further evidence of the VP not being an elected official, consider any situation where a sitting president runs for re-election and decides his previous VP needs to be switched out.  Guess how many voters will have a say in who the sitting president ends up with as a running mate…

Also, you should write back to Judge Posner and tell him that saying “The rule of law means that judges decide cases ‘without respect of persons,’ that is, without considering the social status, attractiveness, etc. of the parties or their lawyers” is precisely the same as saying that “nobody is above the law”.  Some people jsut don’t like saying things in plain English, and would rather use flowery legalese, but the meaning stay the same.

With regards to question 16, if the question is “who makes the federal laws?” then the ansewr is the two houses of Congress.  The President may sign or veto the bill, but he does not participate in creating it.  Also, the Congress can over-ride a veto, thus enacting a bill into law all by themselves if they so choose.  If the question was “how does a bill become a law?” then you’d have to include the President in some way, even if it was a veto over-ride, but that’s not what the question asks.  The President does not help “create” a federal law, which is why line-item vetos are unconstitutional.

Regarding the Supremacy Clause.  Yes, in its language it lists all three things as being the supreme law of the land.  However, the correct answer can only be derived from the language as well as its application.  For example, if a federal law or treaty were enacted that disallows U.S. citizens from criticizing foreign governments in a public forum (which would violate the constitutions guarentee of freedom of speech), what do you think would happen to that law or treaty?  Exactly.  The Constitution trumps all.

Regarding question 96, you are simply wrong.  The stars represent the states, and the stripes represent the original 13 colonies.  When the 14th and 15th states were added to the Union (Vermont and Kentucky) the flag was changed to 15 stripes and 15 stars for the 15 states.  However, in 1818 Congress passed an act that changed the number of stripes BACK to 13 in honor of the…..wait for it…..original colonies.  That same act called for a star to be added whenever a new state was added to the Union.  So, today we have 13 stripes and 50 stars for that reason.

I’m happy for you that you are now a citizen.  Congratulations.

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By TAP, February 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment
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My former husband grew up in the Soviet Union. We were married in Ohio in 1997. He never went through the citizenship test (he did not want to be a U.S. citizen), but we did have to go through the green card interrogation. At one point I had to turn my head around nearly 180 degrees, a scene straight out of The Exorcist. The examiner asked “Have you ever committed a terrorist act, or do you intend to in the United States?” I don’t recall now if that was preceded or followed by “Have you ever committed genocide, or do you intend to in the United States?” It was all I could do to keep the nasty green pea soup from spewing out of my mouth. By the way, his fingerprints “expired” as well. Is that a common occurrence?

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By Big B, February 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm Link to this comment

Queenie

I can’t help but wonder, how many american high school children could pass this test, since the study of civics seems limited these days to the citizenship test only.

Congrats though, Dafna! You just raised our collective I.Q., if only for a brief moment.

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By Queenie, February 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment

Congratulations, Dafna!

And welcome to the country of dumb, dumber and dumbest!

And from the way things are heading, proud of it!!

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By PatrickHenry, February 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment

I hope the citizen test was in English.

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