In regards to the whole process of becoming an American citizen, I feel rather ambivalent. I'm not sure if what I did was a sound decision. The ceremony itself felt rather emotionally manipulating to me and contrived at parts, especially when the news camera crews would film individuals who would state their name, place of birth, how many years they've lived in the United States, how long has it took for them to complete this process and what they feel at the moment. Some of the answers from some individuals certainly felt genuine to me, whereas others were contrived in the sense that anyone speaking in a similarly charged (large 351) group and especially if there's a chance to be on television, would put on some theatrical dribble. I didn't swear to renounce my citizenship to Canada nor say what was required of me in the oath. I only believe in the following things in America: its Micro Breweries, its terrain and its literature- especially American Transcendentalism/Gothic fiction (Romanticism). That's it.