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  •  So... you're saying that American citizenship (0+ / 0-)

    isn't a right, it's a life sentence?  I just went to a talk at the U.S. embassy and they sure aren't saying the same things you're saying.  And they were the ones who made the Eritrea comparison.

    "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

    by hepshiba on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 11:35:00 AM PDT

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    •  hyperbole aside, (0+ / 0-)

      the point is pretty clear: Your duties as a citizen of this country do not end at the border, and you are not permitted to renounce US citizenship just to evade these duties.

      I copied your comment to some friends of mine in the Foreign Service. They tell me that the talk you attended was either delivered poorly by the speakers or understood poorly by the audience.  In their experience, these things tend to get understood poorly by the audience.  From what I've encountered among other people at embassies, I agree with them.  

      A simple check of the internet will show you that whoever made a comparison with Eritrea made a poor one, since that country actually levies a special expat tax, instead of applying the same income tax to every citizen, resident or otherwise.  

      You're not stuck in traffic, you are traffic

      by nominalize on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 12:19:29 PM PDT

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