Friday, September 02, 2005

Swearing Allegiance

In today’s Times: Brussels wants immigrants to swear allegiance to EU

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1761335,00.html

The UK only recently began requiring immigrants to swear allegiance to the Queen, and now a European Commissioner has proposed an “oath of faithfulness” for the entire 25-nation European Union.

One can get every immigrant to somehow declare they will respect national law, EU law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. – Franco Frattini, European Commissioner for Justice and Security

Loony. There is no point of an oath of allegiance. If immigrants love their adopted country and are law-abiding residents, an oath is not going to change their behaviour. If immigrants are terrorists and suicide bombers, an oath is not going to change their behaviour either.

Everyday at school we pledged allegiance to the flag. As a very small child I had no idea what I was saying and even later the pledge never had any meaning for me.

I took my Peace Corps oath in 1992. My right hand was up and my left hand was holding an alcoholic beverage. I did not say all the words properly, I could not take it seriously. I had gone into Peace Corps as a well-qualified teacher. Taking some weird oath was not going to have any influence on how I was going to do my job or how I was going to represent my country. If I had been a sociopath, I would still have been a sociopath after the oath.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry that you must go through life drunk, getting drunk or recovering from being drunk. How sad.

Monkey said...

I think it's fun; WWJD?

Max said...

Huh?

I wish I were drunk right now instead of stone cold sober sitting on my arse at work.

Monkey said...

Yeah! Me too!

Max said...

So now it's 3 a.m. and after working sober till 9.30 p.m. I went out and drank a few beers and played two games of Scrabble (I won one and kd won one). I guess if I were a tee-totaller like Anonymous, I could have been home watching tv and being a fucking zombie idiot all night. Good on you, Anon.