Krikorian: Not Neutral About Bachmann's Swiss Citizenship | The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Krikorian: Not Neutral About Bachmann’s Swiss Citizenship
by

Over at NRO, Mark Krikorian is decidedly not neutral about Michele Bachmann’s decision to take out Swiss citizenship along with her family:

People obviously have multiple connections — church memberships, community groups, fraternities, ethnic associations, professional societies, etc. But one’s chief political allegiance is expressed through citizenship, through being a member of We the People — and claiming membership in two national communities is like belonging to two different religions, which means neither is accorded the respect due it.

Nonsense. Krikorian readily acknowledges that Bachmann is a patriot – twice. The fact that she has taken out Swiss citizenship makes her no less a patriot than she was yesterday.

Bachmann also finds herself in pretty good company. Albert Einstein was also a dual U.S. and Swiss citizen.

Krikorian goes on to write:

And there is no justification for such a thing when we demand that foreigners seeking to become Americans take an oath that reads, in part: “I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.”

But this represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the oath of allegiance. A person who is sworn in as a U.S. citizen does not lose the citizenship of their land of birth. While the United States does not encourage Americans to become dual nationals it does not prohibit it either.

On a personal note, those familiar with my writing will know that I was born in Canada to a mother from Alberta and a father from the Bronx – an unorthodox combination to say the least. But unorthodox or not, me and my siblings had a claim to U.S. citizenship which all of us have exercised. I must confess though that I exercised my claim later than everyone else. During my NDP days I was guilty of harboring anti-American sentiment and initially declined to take out U.S. citizenship. But by 1999, the realities of the Canadian labor market had hit me like a blinding flash and that my stubborness was both counterproductive and closed minded. I reconsidered and took the oath at the U.S. Consular Office in Ottawa. In March 2000, I moved to Boston and have been here ever since. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

UPDATE: I guess taking out Swiss citizenship wasn’t the best decision Michele Bachmann made. She has requested the Swiss withdraw her status as a citizen.

Sign Up to receive Our Latest Updates! Register

Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://thespectator.com/world.

Be a Free Market Loving Patriot. Subscribe Today!