While enjoying veggie lasagna at the Drugstore Steakhouse on the Champs-Elysées near l’Arc de Triomphe, I couldn’t help but to wonder how related patriotism is to renunciations. As I cleaned up my dish, I came to the conclusion that American politicians are generally not qualified to judge the patriotism of (former) Americans abroad. This is a unique topic of interest these days, since 8,000 American patriots are expected to renounce this year, as reported in the New York Post, which is more than ever before in US history. The demand is now so strong, that American patriots may have to wait year(s) simply to renounce.
Naturally, it is normal and understandable that so many American patriots are renouncing under the given the circumstances, understood by many Americans abroad. With some politicians directly or indirectly accusing Americans abroad of being “traitors“, “despicable” or even “unpatriotic” since they don’t want to be accused of being “unseemly and disgusting” or even “tax evaders” for banking offshore at their local bank while being denied banking services in America or abroad due to the latest US policy, or refused the ability to vote in US elections, or financially penalized for working abroad, one can only expect for more American patriots to be renouncing their US citizenship in the near future, even without mentioning the many problems related to citizenship-based taxation that some critics of renunciations like to base their misled arguments on.
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The problem is simple. Federal law dilutes the votes of Americans abroad among the 50 states, preventing Americans abroad from having a voice, being represented or even being heard in America because of the distance.
Wiki (translated) Wrote:The [American] colonists were allowed to vote as British citizens, but couldn’t actually exercise this right because of the great distance.
With maybe 70% of Americans never having left America and the lack of international coverage in American media, America stops thinking beyond its border, as so many US politicians frequently demonstrate. How can domestic Americans vote for or represent those abroad they know or understand little or nothing of? Americans are not known for loyally obeying the dictation of distant bipartisan monopolies or monarchies.
Multichannel Investing Wrote:When it comes to the way Americans think, our world stops at our borders
A patriot is one who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractor. Yet, this does not mean that one must be a citizen of a bipartisan monopoly heading in the wrong direction. I’ve encountered some non-Americans around the world who were far more American patriotic than some US citizens living in America like those politicians unconditionally supportive of the non-America. Some non-Americans love what America was created for and what it represents, but not where some politicians are taking it today. American patriots renouncing abroad may very well take the best of what American once was and implement it at its fullest where a new America will become, with or without being penalized with an exit tax.
US History Wrote:We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Insulting (former) Americans abroad, taxing them without representation, attempting to prevent or discourage patriots from renouncing or denying them the right to enter or leave America, are not the ideals that America was founded upon. American patriots are not required to obey a system which destroys the values which represent America. America may be a culture, a mentality, an ideology or a way of life, but not necessarily a passport, tax system or club membership, depending upon how it is viewed by the individual. Instead of attempting to judge American patriots abroad that one knows little or nothing of, US politicians would better spend their time and taxpayer money focusing on seeking for America to be loved, respected and appreciated just as how the Founding Fathers wanted it to be.
The world is huge and beautiful with many wonderful people. American patriots abroad might be prohibited from returning to America, censured from expressing political criticism, denied political representation, penalized or double-taxed, burdened with senseless bureaucracy and even encouraged or pressured to renounce. Yet, they will continue to be Americans in their hearts and their American values will be warmly welcomed and appreciated around the world, outside of America, maybe even more without US citizenship. One does not have to be a US citizen to be an American patriot and there may even be many advantages to being a non-US citizen American patriot abroad. America needs American patriots abroad, but do American patriots still need America?
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