It is with some hesitancy that I write today, of all days, about expatriation – the act of intentionally and formally ending U.S. citizenship.
At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii Time, on December 7, 1941, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a day that will live on in infamy.”
The Japanese surprise air attack was aimed at the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. After two hours of bombing, more than 2,400 Americans were dead, 21 ships had either been sunk or damaged, and more than 188 U.S. aircraft destroyed. The next day the U.S. Congress officially declared war on Japan, bringing the United States into World War II.
The years of terrible warfare that followed produced a unity of purpose among the American people never before or since witnessed in our country’s history. As millions of men joined the armed forces, millions of women went to work in defense industries.
As a child in elementary school, I recall collecting scrap metal and even kitchen grease for the defense drive, saving pennies to buy Liberty Defense Bond Stamps to help finance the war effort, while my older brother was flying bombing runs over Germany.
What was it that galvanized that unique American unity that, with our allies, defeated the Japanese and Hitler’s Nazis? [adcode]
On August 10, 1948, at a homecoming on his 74th birthday at West Branch, Iowa, his birthplace, former President Herbert Hoover gave as good an answer as we are likely to get:
“The meaning of our word ‘America’ flows from one pure source. Within the soul of America is freedom of mind and spirit in man. Here alone are the open windows through which pour the sunlight of the human spirit. Here alone is human dignity not a dream, but an accomplishment. Perhaps it is not perfect, but it is more full in realization here than any other place in the world.”
A month ago, after the elections, I suggested that “we Americans find ourselves right back where we were. America remains a bitterly divided nation with roughly equal numbers on both sides.” Our government no longer respects “freedom of mind and spirit.”
I said then: “The election results demonstrate that American voters, whether they collectively realize it or not, have guaranteed a continuation of the national mood of entrenched political animosity.” Since then, President Obama’s arrogant unwillingness to work with Republicans to solve the “fiscal cliff” debacle has only made the situation worse.
America is Still a House Divided
In June 1858, when Abraham Lincoln was nominated as the Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Illinois, he told us: “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”
Only a few days ago, I described to you what I called Obama’s “New Socialism.” I said: “Hoodwinking the American people by claiming that they do not advocate socialism is the game played by President Obama, many Democrats and too many Republicans. All these pygmy politicians mainly interested in retaining their pitiful power are guiding this once great country down the failed road of socialism.”
Time to Consider Expatriation
I repeat: never has there been a more appropriate time to consider obtaining a second passport and possible expatriation. But you must have a new citizenship before you end your U.S. status.
As with most things in life, the quickest way to foreign citizenship is with money. Citizenship “investment programs” are offered by St. Kitts-Nevis ($285,000 for a single applicant and $340,000 per couple) and the Commonwealth of Dominica ($135,000 for a single and $215,000 for a couple/family).
Ireland, Portugal and Spain all have gotten into the passports for investment act, as EU governments scrounge for cash.
But the quickest route to a second passport is to look back at your family tree. Hungary is one of the latest to welcome foreigners who can prove great grandparents, grandparents or parents were Hungarian citizens. And since Hungary is one of the 27 EU states, citizenship there (as in Ireland, Portugal and Spain) gives the legal right to live and work in any of those countries.
Obtaining immediate residence in a foreign country is not always difficult; Belize and Panama have special quick-residence programs. However, becoming a citizen takes time and requires actual physical presence of varying lengths: Singapore, two years; Belgium, three years; Uruguay, three years; Canada, three years; Panama, five years.
It has been 71 years since the tyrannical government of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. In the wake of those many decades, the latest attack on our liberties is far more insidious – and it has come from our own “government.”
A second passport is solid insurance against tyrannical government. A second passport can give you access to residence options, expand your business opportunities and investment channels. And with the dictatorial trends in American government and politics, you too may someday need an escape route.
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