Making the choice for citizenship

To the Editor:

On Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, I received my U.S. citizenship. I came to America in the 1960s but never felt the need to change my Australian citizenship.

From the very first I found America to be a good fit and that’s what I told my relatives and friends all these many years. I traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, but I found that in America, it’s not who you know to get along, it’s what you make of yourself. You can be anything you want as long as you work for it.

You may ask why I waited so long to get my citizenship. The reason is that it is way too easy not to be a citizen in this country. I went to college here, became a registered nurse and always felt that this is the best place to live in the whole world. The only thing I lacked was the privilege to vote. Since the country was going in an OK direction until recent years, I never felt the need to vote.

Then, what I’d seen and heard in the 20 months prior to October 2010 caused me to reflect on my debt to America and, therefore, my citizenship. After work I turned on my TV in the evenings and I was horrified to the point of shouting at the boldface un-American way the Congress passed healthcare and spending bills against the wishes of the majority of the American people.

We, the people, at that time only reflected the majority in the House and not the majority of Americans.

This letter is my attempt to give back some of what my country has given me: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What we have is great. What we are heading toward is unimaginable, not just to us but to the nations in the world that have always seen our beacon in the distance and have had the hope that we will be there for them, not that we would be just like them. America is different. Its people are different. The rest of the world envies that and some have hated us because of that, but in their private moments, the world covets and depends on that.

I will be voting Nov. 6. I will vote for change and hope; change that is real and not destructive. I will not be voting for Obama.

Your fellow citizen,

Georgina Murray

Story First Published: 2012-10-03