Re: The Burdens of Citizenship

Derb, your LAPD law enforcement story would be hilarious if it weren’t so pathetic: Political correctness ensures that only actual US citizens qualify for second-class citizenship. As to the commenter who wished to renounce his own, I wrote five years ago:

Here’s my immigration “compromise”: We need to regularize the situation of the 298 million non-undocumented residents of the United States. Right now, we get a lousy deal compared with the 15 million fine, upstanding members of the Undocumented-American community. I think the 298 million of us in the overdocumented segment of the population should get the chance to be undocumented. You know when President Bush talks about all those undocumented people “living in the shadows”? Doesn’t that sound kinda nice? Living in the shadows, no government agencies harassing you for taxes and numbers and paperwork.

There will be more takers for that in the years ahead. California is already degenerating into two societies – like those overlapping areas codes the phone company imposes on certain cities. If you fall into one category, everything you do is licensed, regulated, taxed, restricted. If you fall into the other, you can do what you like. The trick is to have just enough of a formal identity to get paid and open bank accounts, but no more. In an ever poorer, more statist America, there will be plenty of freelance secession in the years ahead.

Mark Steyn — Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist. That’s to say, his latest book, After America (2011), is a top-five bestseller in ...

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