August 12, 2004


Injured GI Becomes U.S. Citizen (Associated Press, August 4, 2004)

When a roadside bomb exploded beside him in Iraq, Army Staff Sgt. Hilbert Caesar lost his right leg serving the country he had adopted as a boy. On Tuesday, the United States officially adopted him.

Using a cane, Caesar rose gingerly to take the oath of citizenship along with 33 others from 27 countries, including two other Iraq war veterans. Each new citizen was given a certificate and a small American flag.

Caesar said the ceremony, presided over by Eduardo Aguirre, head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, simply formalized what he's known for a long time.

"I knew I was an American before this. I've always been an American," he said.

He's apparently read his Mill...:
The third essential condition of stability in political society is a strong and active principle of cohesion among the members of the same community or state. We need scarcely say that we do not mean nationality, in the vulgar sense of the term; a senseless antipathy to foreigners; indifference to the general welfare of the human race, or an unjust preference of the supposed interest of our own country; a cherishing of bad peculiarities because they are national, or a refusal to adopt what has been found good by other countries. We mean a principle of sympathy, not of hostility; of union, not of separation. We mean a feeling of common interest among those who live under the same government, and are contained within the same natural or historical boundaries. We mean, that one part of the community do not consider themselves as foreigners with regard to another part; that they set a value on their connection---feel that they are one people, that their lot is cast together, that evil to any of their fellow-countrymen is evil to themselves, and do not desire selfishly to free themselves from their share of any common inconvenience by severing the connection.
-A System of Logic: Book 6, The Logic of the Moral Sciences: Chapter 10
Of the Inverse Deductive, or Historical Method.: 5
(John Stuart Mill)

...unlike the nativists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2004 11:31 AM

Yes, J. S. Mill, cynosure of Conservatism. Once upon a time, American Conservatives remembered that Mill, brilliant though he was, was their enemy.

Posted by: Paul Cella at August 12, 2004 12:53 PM

Now they just hate brown people.

Posted by: oj at August 12, 2004 2:05 PM

Bravo! A fine riposte. I fancy there is none better.

Posted by: Paul Cella at August 12, 2004 3:55 PM