A scripture reads, “Peace I bring to you, peace not as the world gives….” A similar peace the world gives was parodied in Miss Congeniality and Groundhog Day. Sandra Bullock quipped the obligatory “and world peace” during the pageant’s can the contestant think and talk while maintaining political correctness segment. Bill Murray wooed Andie MacDowell with repeated, quite insincere “and world peace,” pleas, day after day after day. Both occasions belie the seriousness of those who tout world peace with the likelihood world peace is but a pipe dream. World peace is to peace what Utopia is to civil society: unattainable.
Lethargy is to peace what an XAmerican global citizen is to America. Lethargy when viewed from an impersonal distance can appear quite relaxed, calm, or content. But let some new circumstance arise in the consciousness of the individual that no longer gives a…., he might very well fail to respond. For he is not really at peace with his surroundings or with what fate might bring to him. He is at odds. So also is the US citizen who has maybe internalized John Lennon’s lyrics in Imagine.
“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for….”
Well, Americans are not typically lethargic, detached, at odds with the way things are kind of people. Americans long ago latched onto a truly unique, society-changing idea. They struggled and fought for it to become a concrete reality for themselves and their descendants slightly more than two hundred forty years ago. Even today that idea summed up quite well in liberty and private property rights lives and breathes as Americans embrace and guard their families and friends, those near and dear them.
When President Trump stated Thursday the “witch hunt” reveals we are a “divided nation” he might have meant not all US citizens are Americans, not all immigrants intend to become Americans. Some US citizens do not embrace the ideas of the founders, as made visibly evident when our republic was established. In fact some US citizens have moved their allegiance beyond national borders to a global initiative, hoping to erase such artificial boundaries that needlessly separate different peoples around the globe from each other.
In other words, many inside and outside America, citizens and non-citizens alike, presently more so than ever, consider themselves entitled to the benefits of living in the United States of America as US citizens, in some cases with the right to vote, without belonging to the United States of America. Who are these at odds people? What moves them to lose pride in the country of their birth? Can a US citizen in this modern, politically correct age be dissuaded from joining the XAmerican global citizen movement?
If the answer to the last question is “Yes,” then the first step to be taken for the cure will be the individual acknowledging he has a problem, the problem of having, unknowingly perhaps, renounced his American citizenship when he declared himself a global citizen. For one cannot be a citizen of undivided loyalty of both. Those wanting the cure will need to say, out loud in a group if need be, “My name is _____________ and I am an XAmerican global citizen.”
You might want to join an XAmerican Global Citizens Anonymous support group IF:
1. You refer to The Vote as a right: The vote is not a right in the same sense as is the unalienable right of free speech or the unalienable right to bear arms. Governments have always restricted the vote to citizens, to residents of a precinct, to citizens of a certain minimum voting age. Governments have the power to say women cannot vote, that only landowners can vote, that slaves have a 3/5 vote. Government can write into law “there shall be no discrimination.” Government can later reverse itself to allow discrimination.
2. You appreciate Motor Voter automatic voter registration practices: Such practices sweep up citizens and non-citizens alike, the proudly uninformed, individuals who could care less about voting, and the easily coerced: those driven to the polls and those that have their absentee ballots filled out by others and taken to the polls.
3. You would issue regular non-distinguishable driver’s licenses to non-citizens. This practice is why some states have considered not recognizing licenses issued by states unconcerned about the citizenship of their registrants.
4. You oppose voter ID laws: A real problem for citizens concerned their own vote will be offset by non-citizens and the dead, perhaps multiple times.
5. You think of anchor babies as US citizens: The allowance of babies of non-citizens, conceived outside the country, brought into the country just in time for their birth in a US hospital so they will meet American citizenship requirements, well that’s a sure sign.
6. You have declared yourself a global citizen on the internet: Here’s a link to an article of mine written in September.
7. You attended a global citizen festival or conference: Hollywood celebrities, office holders around the country actually attend these events, including US Senators that should know better.
8. You voted for Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election: After all, the Clintons have sponsored and handed out Clinton Global Citizen Awards every year since 2007. Also, take note of number eleven below.
9. You oppose President Trump’s rightful power to limit immigration for any reason: But you supported President Obama’s rightful power to increase immigration for any reason during his term of office.
10. You prefer the popular vote to the electoral college in the election of a President and Vice President: The electoral college in part was necessary to prevent mob democracy: the overwhelming of the vote of the diverse scattered across the country by the vote of the indistinguishable concentrated in a relatively few square miles along the coasts. Simply flooding the country with new immigrant voters will not affect election outcomes because of the electoral college. To effect a different outcome, the new voters would need to scatter.
11. You believe non US citizens in and from other countries enjoy citizenship rights reserved for US citizens: When candidate Trump campaigning in Florida said, "No one has a right to immigrate to this country. It is the job of a responsible government to admit only those who expect to succeed and flourish here and really be proud of what they've done and where they came from. They have to love our country." Hillary’s campaign quickly tweeted, “We disagree.”
How did you do? To find a support group in your area please contact your nearest congressman or senator. If he or she has not a clue what you are asking about, or if you are a California resident, you might be out of luck.
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