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  •  not really they are politicians (0+ / 0-)

    they do what they think is expedient to their careers.  Has any president held dual nationality?  That is a serious question btw.  

    •  Still, Republicans tend to despise other nations (2+ / 0-)
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      Michele Bachmann's dual citizenship drew an immense backlash from conservatives. That indicates that many "grassroots" Republicans have a negative opinion of dual citizenship.

      Since dual citizenship is very rare I think it is unlikely that any President faced the issue of renouncing his other country's citizenship.

      A million Arcosantis.

      by Villabolo on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 07:47:14 PM PST

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    •  what about George Washington, etc? (0+ / 0-)

      They were born as citizens of other countries like England.

      I think the English still thought of the U.S. as English soil full of English citizens even up until the War of 1812 or so.  

      •  That triggered that war (0+ / 0-)

        "I think the English still thought of the U.S. as English soil full of English citizens even up until the War of 1812 or so."

        Royal Navy pressing American sailors on those shaky legalities, plus some of their own probably.

    •  Fall of the Roman Empire comparison (7+ / 0-)

      Much of this diary is familiar to anyone who has read the book, Are We Rome?  by Cullen Murphy.  From Roman history it is clear that the Roman Empire "fell" over hundreds of years and many generations.  The intelligent people, and the ones with resources, moved away to various other more attractive Mediterranean areas.  

      A parent back then could little control the next generation, let alone the next 100 years.  So the best ones educated the children for an uncertain future, probably including a variety of languages.  

      One of those Romans came up with the sentence, "And this too shall pass away."  For thirty years as a history teacher, I predicted that someday American Democracy would be lost.  But it is our job, during our lifetimes, to maintain our Constitution as long as we could.  And I kept William O. Douglas's quote ever before the class: "As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air — however slight — lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."

         

      I'm from Johnson City.

      by Al Fondy on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 07:31:21 AM PST

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    •  Lincoln (0+ / 0-)

      According to Wikipedia, Abraham Lincoln was honorary citizen of San Marino, of all places.

      There may be others; I wouldn't know. Just read this incidentally.

      Freedom is not just a word. 'Freedom' is a noun.

      by intruder from Old Europe on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 09:18:05 PM PST

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