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An Open Letter to My Children: Why You Must Choose Public Service Over Politics

I am not alone in my disgust of Washington’s behavior. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Poll showed just 14% of Americans approved of the job Congress was doing, the lowest rating ever measured. Moreover, in measuring votes taken, bills passed, and approval of presidential nominees, historians have found this 112th Congress to be one of the least productive in more than 60 years.

We don’t need any more politicians. We need public servants. We need representatives of conviction and conscience, driven to work for the betterment of our citizens—especially those who lack the resources to help themselves. Unfortunately, the congressional representatives in power have failed.

I hope your generation will learn from such squandered opportunities. I am too much of an optimist to believe that in time we cannot restore the luster of our institutions and regain pride in what they represent. But we can’t do it with you sitting on the sidelines. Whether you become an officeholder or remain a private citizen, you can and must make a difference. Hold tight to the lessons Poppa and I have taught you: To act with honesty, integrity, and dignity.

Choose to be a public servant not a politician. If you do so, you’ll never have to apologize to your children.

Love,
Dad

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  • Maxime

    Obama did not have two pentras American Citizens at the time of birth. But his mother (?) question mark was American, which made him an American but not a Natural Born American. He could only be a citizen of America do to his Mother or he became a naturalized citizen. But read below. He can not hold office of the President, and he can’t change that. So what do we do about it? Its all true in black and white!A naturalized citizen is a foreign national who is granted citizenship in the United States after fulfilling certain requirements. In addition to the United States, many other nations offer naturalization to people who wish to apply for citizenship. The naturalization laws for various countries are typically available through their departments of immigration.There are two basic categories of United States citizens. A natural citizen is someone born in the United States or born to American pentras on foreign soil. A naturalized citizen is someone who was born in a foreign country, but took a series of steps with the end goal of being granted citizenship.In the United States, you can become a naturalized citizen if you have been a legal resident of the United States for at least five years and you are over the age of 18. In addition, applicants for naturalization must demonstrate ?good moral character,? as well as a knowledge of the English language and the history of the United States. The citizenship application process can take anywhere from six months to two years, and once approved, a naturalized citizen has all of the rights and responsibilities of a United States citizen, although he or she is barred from serving in the offices of President and Vice President.