I am a United States citizen and voluntarily wish to maintain that citizenship.
However, there are many people living outside the United States who the U.S. deems to be United States citizens — who had this “citizenship” imposed on them without their consent.
For these people such citizenship is unwanted, and all would agree that they should not be citizens of the United States. A strong case can also be made that they are not in fact U.S. citizens.
Many of these unfortunate people will comply with regulations, imposed by the U.S. Department of State and Internal Revenue Service, to free themselves, at high cost, from U.S. citizenship and associated obligations to the Internal Revenue Service.
This was just suggested to me as a possible position such people could take:
“The laws of the United States end at its borders.
I have never had any voluntary connection to the U.S. including: not living in the U.S., not born in the U.S., and if born in the U.S. not choosing where I was born.
I will not allow the U.S. to forcibly impose U.S. citizenship, (and the financial terrorism it implies) on me without my consent.
Because I have no voluntary connection to the U.S. I will pay not one penny to extricate myself from U.S. claims of ownership.“
@Shovel and @George, it’s all the more why it’s safer not to list any reason for renouncing, as it could be used against people they don’t like.
I find it odd that CLNs have no identification number on them. We’ll have to live with perpetual uncertainty.
10 words. “To IRS: You’ll get my money over my dead body!”
Tell IRS to follow the example of Benjamin Franklin
“Go fly a kite.”
And tell their government to heed the words of Patrick Henry.
“The constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
Rather than quoting a US person, I’d much take the words of Canada’s first prime-minister (Sir John A. Macdonald) to heart:
“With my utmost effort, with my latest breath I will oppose the ‘veiled treason’ which attempts by sordid means and mercenary proffers to lure our people from their allegiance.”
“sordid means and mercenary proffers” describes our current government exactly.
“We are living beside a great neighbour who, I believe I can say without being deemed unfriendly to them, are very grasping in their national acts, and who are determined upon every occasion to get the best in any agreement which they make.” Description of the US by Canada’s 7th Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
…and Prime Minister R.B. Bennett had this to say about Prime Ministers and treason.
“A Prime Minister can be accommodated to any type of colleague, but there is a limit beyond which tolerance can go. Ignorance can be excused, but treachery is an unforgivable sin in the conduct of government.”
Signing the IGA for FATCA allowing the US to take control of our banks falls under that, I suspect.
All fine and appropriate words Animal, but sadly I only ever had American history drilled into my head, and I’m pretty sure they never even mentioned that Canada had a prime minister. Sorry, my bad.