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Letter: Citizenship is not a bartering tool

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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 11:39 am

Folks, when did America’s greatest treasure, United States citizenship, become a bartering commodity for votes with the Hispanic/Latino community as per Sen. John McCain? When did America’s greatest treasure, United States citizenship, become a bartering commodity with the Hispanic/Latino Community for converts to the Mormon religion or the recapturing “fallen away” parishioners of the Catholic church or more donations in the Sunday Mass collection basket or monthly tithes.

More than 1 million American servicemen and servicewomen have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend American citizenship since 1776 in the United States and all corners of the world. Many are now resting in unmarked, forgotten graves in foreign lands never to be reunited with their families and friends. American military P.O.W.’s suffered years of torture and even death for our greatest treasure, American citizenship. Empty chairs at the Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving tables all across our great country also attest to these sacrifices.

Did 1 mmillion Americans die to pimp away our greatest treasure, American citizenship, for an extra “X” on a ballot sheet for a Democrat or a Republican candidate for President or for 30 more pieces of silver in a church’s bank account?

Has America lost it’s greatest value, patriotism, and replaced it with “political pragmatism” or worse yet, simple “avarice?”

Folks, it shames me to even have to write this letter to the editor — to even have to ask these questions that 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 years ago would have been unthinkable in reference to any, any American political party.

Leon Ceniceros

Mesa

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