Ah, the “citizen of the world”. I know one, you know one, I’m sure President Obama thinks he’s one. It really is a symbol of how successful this country has been when its own citizens view themselves not as citizens of the U.S. but rather of the entire planet.
So how does this type of delusion validate our nation’s history?
Essentially, we’ve hit a point where recent generations have lived so comfortably and are so myopic in their world view that they have very little awareness as to how lucky they are to be living here. It’s sort of like a kid whose parents give him everything he needs but is always upset because he doesn’t get everything he wants. The kid, like the citizen of the world, has no perspective. And one of the things I’ve learned since the 2008 election is that we’ve got a lot of big kids with voting cards in this country.
There are two major problems with the citizen of the world mindset:
1) There’s no such thing as a citizen of the world.
2) The belief leads to a distinct lack of appreciation of our nation.
Of course, the second issue is the one that’s the real problem. It’s what lead to a European styled socialist becoming our forty-fourth president. To voters with little to no grasp of what makes America wonderfully unique, a campaign based on the Utopian selling points of the world’s historically repressive governments sounded like a dream come true. After all, who wants to pay for healthcare when the rest of the global citizens are out there partying with all of the money they’re saving from not having any medical insurance?
Piers Morgan once wondered out loud during a spot promoting his CNN talk show about when a world healthcare system would finally be created? I don’t know the answer to this, but I do know that if one did exist, Piers wouldn’t go anywhere near it. Free world healthcare, just like a free (name just about anything you can think of here), is economically unsustainable. However, the American citizen of the world has no time for such pedestrian thinking. Mention Greece, a country whose citizens are so conditioned to the nanny state that governmental bankruptcy incited hundreds of thousands of rioters to burn down its capital city of Athens, and the citizen of the world stares at you blankly, confused as to why you’re so resistant to his dream of a single nation green planet.
The challenge over the next six months will be to connect with those who do not yet grasp the blessing it is to live in this country. After all, there’s a reason why thousands upon thousands flock to the U.S. every year, many risking life and limb, to experience our freedoms while our very own “citizen of the world” always seems to stay right here.
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