I'm not sure what it says about the readership of Politico that this story was more read yesterday than coverage of President Obama's pivot on gay marriage (perhaps that the publication's readership is jaded enough to realize that the latter wasn't really 'news' to anyone), but it's interesting nonetheless
Rep. Michele Bachmann is now officially a Swiss miss.
Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently became a citizen of Switzerland, making her eligible to run for office in the tiny European nation, according to a Swiss TV report Tuesday.
Arthur Honegger, a reporter for public broadcaster Schweizer Fernsehen, told POLITICO the Swiss consulate in Chicago has confirmed that the former Republican presidential candidate became a citizen March 19.
Marcus Bachmann, the congresswoman’s husband since 1978, reportedly was eligible for Swiss citizenship due to his parents’ nationality — but only registered it with the Swiss government Feb. 15. Once the process was finalized on March 19, Michele automatically became a citizen as well, according to Honegger.
This would bother me regardless of the individual in question. It wrankles a little more when it's a sitting member of Congress and a recent presidential candidate.
I know that the vast majority of people who acquire dual citizenship -- including some of my friends -- do so for logistical or cultural reasons, none of which are particularly threatening to anyone. But still, the concept itself has never sat well with me. On a principled level, citizenship just seems like one of those concepts that is, by its very definition, exclusionary. I can't help but regard the practice as something tantamount to civic bigamy.
You tell me. Am I overreacting to a harmless practice? Or is there something worthy of resistance in this blurring of national allegiances?