A naturalized American citizen has complained his passport is now useless.
Yes, his reasons are political just like so much in the U.S. these days, with his views shaped through the lens of Democratic partisanship.
This German born American is a globalist: no, not just a run-of-the-mill citizen who supports it, but the real deal with a finger in every pie and a Bio on Wikipedia to prove it.
Yascha Mounk is a political scientist and associate professor of practice at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C.
He has quite the grandiose Curriculum Vitae, having studied at Cambridge and Harvard, and served for a time as the executive director of the Renewing the Center team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
A busy fellow just where does he find the time? also a freelance journalist who writes extensively for rags like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and Slate as well as the author of several books.
He is the founder of an online Magazine called Persuasion that defends the ‘values of free societies’.
His article about the uselessness of American passports was an opinion piece in The Atlantic.
Mounk never felt accepted as a true German by his peers according to him, although German speaking, he is of Polish Jewish descent on his mother’s side, although he never mentions his father.
He complains about the current minority status of Jews in Germany while downplaying his identification as a Jew, at least in the religious sense.
It is as if this guy resents the fact Germany does not conform to his personal and ideological ideas of multiculturalism, with minorities on top and nationals seen but not heard.
A member of the Social Democratic Party in Germany in his teens, he pairs the status of other minority groups with those of Jews in countries like Germany in true globalist fashion.
He did feel at home in the good ‘ol U.S. of A, as he could choose to settle in any state with his American passport affording him the freedom to roam the world.
Of course, this was before President Donald Trump cramped his style so to speak.
On the question of the pandemic, he admits ‘Germany will welcome me back with open arms from this COVID-addled land’, though a period of self-isolation might be necessary.
Notice Germany does have its advantages when it suits him.
Now, a draft proposal by the Trump administration could result in the U.S. stopping its citizens and permanent residents from returning to the country from abroad, if border agents “reasonably believe the individual may have been exposed to, or is infected with COVID-19.”
He says such a plan in the U.S. only adds idiocy to injury because it already has some 50 000 cases a day without the help of the outside world, implying the U. S. is a hopeless case so just let all who want in, in anyway.
The 2016 U.S. election put paid to his idea of the U.S. as a thriving, diverse, democratic utopia saying: I wrote about the danger right wing populists like Trump pose to the American Republic.
He continues; I cherished being able to speak about his assault on our, as opposed to your values and institutions.
Just who is the royal ‘our’ (we) versus the common (‘your’) of whom he speaks.
Just the time honored clash of the Internationalists versus the Nationalists or the more recently predicted Clash of Civilizations.
Mounk became a U.S. citizen in 2017 after the election of Donald Trump, even though he knew the president was bad news for his political ideals, but he forged ahead nevertheless.
It’s not just American passport’s that are not as they used to be, but visas as well.
Political affiliations aside, foreigners do not view the U.S. as a good bet for visiting anytime soon.
The pandemic, riots, political and religious polarization, identity wars and the up-coming elections are just some reasons.
An individual would have to live under a rock to miss the flashing neon signposts in the U. S. signaling trouble straight ahead.