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Mariners’ Felix Hernandez ‘so proud to be an American’ after becoming a U.S. citizen

Felix Hernandez routinely performs his craft in front of tens of thousands of people, but that doesn’t make the Seattle Mariners starting pitcher nervous.

But passing the tests, including one in civics, to become an American citizen? Now that is a different story.

One with a happy ending.

Does this mean that he has renounced his claim to be King?

QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 03:50 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: citizenship, felix hernandez

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   1. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:36 AM (#5751207)
Not to go OTP, but from time to time it gets suggested that America could use an apolitical monarch to serve as a focus of patriotism and national feeling and to bring a degree of unity. I think that idea doesn't fly -- we had a revolution to get rid of those people! -- but if we do decide we need a monarch, we could do a hell of a lot worse than anointing King Felix I.
   2. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:50 AM (#5751223)
Congrats to Mr. Hernandez and welcome to citizenship.
   3. Tin Angel Posted: September 25, 2018 at 10:54 AM (#5751288)
Welcome to America Felix! Here is your automatic weapon and bulletproof vest.
   4. A Baseball Fan Posted: September 25, 2018 at 11:22 AM (#5751316)
Taking jobs from hard working Americans like David Pauley and Charlie Furbush.
   5. flournoy Posted: September 25, 2018 at 01:44 PM (#5751551)
from time to time it gets suggested that America could use an apolitical monarch to serve as a focus of patriotism and national feeling and to bring a degree of unity.


Yuck. As you say, our nation was founded on the principles of representation and self governance.
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 25, 2018 at 01:48 PM (#5751559)
I hereby nominate Gary Johnston for King of America. America, #### yeah!!!!
   7. Dr. Vaux Posted: September 25, 2018 at 01:52 PM (#5751568)
We used to have apolitical popular entertainment figures.
   8. McCoy Posted: September 25, 2018 at 01:57 PM (#5751578)
Not to go OTP, but from time to time it gets suggested that America could use an apolitical monarch to serve as a focus of patriotism and national feeling and to bring a degree of unity. I think that idea doesn't fly -- we had a revolution to get rid of those people! -- but if we do decide we need a monarch, we could do a hell of a lot worse than anointing King Felix I.

You could make the President Pro Tempore a permanent position, remove it from the line of succession, don't give the title to an elected official, and make them law bound to enact certain ceremonial things. Like he/she calls for the counting of the electoral college votes, they are the master of ceremonies at the inauguration, and they invite the President to speak in Congress. Stuff like that. Spend the rest of the time doing photo ops and glad handing.
   9. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:07 PM (#5751592)
It's completely possible to have such a dual system in a Republic. The Republic of Ireland has a directly elected President, who is Head of State, in a primarily ceremonial position, while the Taoiseach is prime minister, and holds the political power.
   10. Ziggy's screen name Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:11 PM (#5751598)
Zaphod Beeblebrox was the duly elected president of the galaxy, and served an entirely ceremonial role. (Until he stole the infinite improbability drive.) We could do worse.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:12 PM (#5751600)
The Republic of Ireland has a directly elected President, who is Head of State, in a primarily ceremonial position, while the Taoiseach is prime minister, and holds the political power.


The same is true in Estonia.
   12. McCoy Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:15 PM (#5751603)
Pretty much every single republic that operates on a parliament system has a either royalty or a president that performs the ceremonial stuff. But a Prime Minister is not really directly comparable to a President of the United States.
   13. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:16 PM (#5751606)
This is a really memorable ceremony to attend. When clerking for a federal district court judge, all of the clerks, interns, etc. got to organize some of the details of the ceremony at the Federal Courthouse. It's quite moving.
   14. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:19 PM (#5751612)
it gets suggested that America could use an apolitical monarch to serve as a focus of patriotism and national feeling


Not really required. America is already the most overtly, insanely patriotic country in the world. Americans do crazy sh*t in the name of America and for America all the time; how would it possible to focus the patriotism even more?

   15. flournoy Posted: September 25, 2018 at 02:33 PM (#5751631)
Hey, the UK does it, Ireland does it, Estonia does it! Good for them. They can do whatever they want. Let's avoid symbolic gestures that are antithetical to our nation's principles here, though.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: September 25, 2018 at 06:44 PM (#5751882)
Other than in #1, when has it ever been suggested that the US have an apolitical monarch?
   17. phredbird Posted: September 25, 2018 at 08:07 PM (#5751936)

i believe the founding fathers had some discussions about how to frame the office of the president, and there were some who wanted the office holder to have some royal accoutrements or something, but it got shot down, right?
   18. phredbird Posted: September 25, 2018 at 08:11 PM (#5751939)

and let me be the first to mention in this thread that i'll never understand this country's fascination with the british royal family in films and periodicals.

every time i'm at a gathering of friends and we talk about what we watch etc., someone always has 'the royals' as a favorite show, or gushes about 'the king's speech' -- well, not so much now, it was a while back.

but my reaction is always more or less to the effect that i can't stand those bozos, half of them were closet nazis and besides we fought a war to get those people out of our lives.

i'm a lot of fun at dinner parties.
   19. Greg K Posted: September 25, 2018 at 08:52 PM (#5751980)
every time i'm at a gathering of friends and we talk about what we watch etc., someone always has 'the royals' as a favorite show, or gushes about 'the king's speech' -- well, not so much now, it was a while back.

I was about to say, "you must mean The Crown, not The Royals, which was a terrible Elizabeth Hurley show that was surely cancelled after the pilot". But I see that The Royals lasted four inexplicable seasons. You Americans don't deserve a monarch!
   20. phredbird Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:50 PM (#5752030)

crown, royals, whatever.

the only time i want to talk about those two words are if you pour them in a glass with some ice, bitters and a little honey and an orange peel.
   21. bookbook Posted: September 26, 2018 at 04:43 AM (#5752116)
This whole thread is insane. I , for one, believe in Citizen Felix.
   22. Morty Causa Posted: September 26, 2018 at 05:50 AM (#5752119)
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon becoming a citizen..."Now which way to the welfare office? I'm kidding, I'm kidding, I work, I work."
   23. bunyon Posted: September 26, 2018 at 08:20 AM (#5752137)
Not really required. America is already the most overtly, insanely patriotic country in the world. Americans do crazy sh*t in the name of America and for America all the time; how would it possible to focus the patriotism even more?


Right. What we need is a ceremonial office with someone who is respected who will, when needed (about every six minutes these days) tell us to stop being such morons.


The King's Speech is a great story and a good movie. The founding fathers didn't have so much problem with a King as with having no say in Parliament. If Parliament gives us our representatives, we'd all still be subjects of Elizabeth. (i.e. Canadians). But the English like nothing better than unnecessarily forcing ugly splits in their empire.
   24. Greg K Posted: September 26, 2018 at 08:21 AM (#5752138)
crown, royals, whatever.

the only time i want to talk about those two words are if you pour them in a glass with some ice, bitters and a little honey and an orange peel.

I can live with that. Each time you drink it you are honouring King George VI's visit to Canada.
   25. SandyRiver Posted: September 26, 2018 at 11:55 AM (#5752313)
The King's Speech is a great story and a good movie. The founding fathers didn't have so much problem with a King as with having no say in Parliament. If Parliament gives us our representatives, we'd all still be subjects of Elizabeth. (i.e. Canadians). But the English like nothing better than unnecessarily forcing ugly splits in their empire.

Just finished reading a book from about 20 years ago, "The Long Fuse", which covers the actions 1760-85 which cost Britain their American colonies. While Parliament passed the laws which led to revolution, King George III was also a hard-liner on offering any olive branches to the upstarts across the pond. That said, the "if...representatives" comment may well be valid, and the book notes letters/speeches made to that effect at the time (and which neither the King, Prime Minister, nor Parliament heeded.)

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