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« on: May 09, 2012, 03:46:36 am »
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...the hell?
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76072.html

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.

So the woman who once demanded an investigation of "anti-American" members of Congress and rails against the creeping socialist authoritarianism of Barack Obama has decided to become a citizen of not just any foreign country, but a tiny European one with universal health coverage and all sorts of other evils?
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012, 05:16:48 am »
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¯\_(ツ)_ /¯

Who f**king cares?
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012, 07:55:14 am »
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That's certainly not a bad one to have. Although I can't imagine Bachmann wanting to belong to such a communist hellhole.
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2012, 08:57:03 am »
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Hilarious.

This means she could always do a reverse Arnold and run on the SVP ticket in Swiss elections. Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012, 07:06:41 pm »
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LOLOLOL
What's the xenophobic party she is going to vote for?
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2012, 08:02:29 pm »
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ROFLMAO!
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2012, 12:20:43 am »
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You'd think warmongers like Bachmann would hate neutral countries like Switzerland.
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2012, 03:11:32 pm »
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) asked the Swiss government Thursday to withdraw her Swiss citizenship, saying she wanted to make it clear that she was a proud U.S. citizen.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76175.html

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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2012, 03:16:55 pm »
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Oh wait, this is a serious story?

Wow.
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2012, 04:21:09 pm »
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) asked the Swiss government Thursday to withdraw her Swiss citizenship, saying she wanted to make it clear that she was a proud U.S. citizen.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76175.html

Because dual-citizenship is so un-American...
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2012, 05:21:37 pm »
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) asked the Swiss government Thursday to withdraw her Swiss citizenship, saying she wanted to make it clear that she was a proud U.S. citizen.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76175.html

Because dual-citizenship is so un-American...

Well, in the eyes of the Tea Party it certainly is. Also, I don't know if she has a security clearance, or how the process works for members of congress, but if she does, it would foreign preference and foreign influence concerns.
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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2012, 05:28:04 pm »
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There's nothing to prevent a Congresswoman from holding dual citizenship. And I'm almost positive that several others members do.

It's worth noting that the spokeperson for her Democratic challenger was saying this:

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So, yeah, I guess he's willing to play the xenophobic douche-bag.
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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2012, 06:02:51 pm »
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76175.html

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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2012, 12:00:40 pm »
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Judging by the attention Bachmann's alleged dual citizenship receives, by how her Democratic opponent turned this into a campaign issue and by Bachmann's subsequent reaffirmation that she is 100% American, one might think she has been accused of having an Iranian or North Korean rather than Swiss passport.
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« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2012, 12:11:30 pm »
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You'd think warmongers like Bachmann would hate neutral countries like Switzerland.
On the other hand its the most Conservative country in Western Europe and both the business climate and the gun laws would be bearable for a US Republican. In many ways its a good fit for the Bachmanns. It would be funnier if she had got a Swedish citizenship or something like it.
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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2012, 10:04:35 pm »
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Is it a double standard that Bachmann got called out for briefly being Swiss-American, while Rahm Emanuel has been in Congress, the Obama Administration and Mayor of Chicago while being an Israeli citizen and no one says a word about it?
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2012, 10:08:56 pm »
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Israel? That doesn't count.
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« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2012, 10:11:48 pm »
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Is it a double standard that Bachmann got called out for briefly being Swiss-American, while Rahm Emanuel has been in Congress, the Obama Administration and Mayor of Chicago while being an Israeli citizen and no one says a word about it?

I don't think so. Between the two of them I am willing to bet one has used the phrase "that is un-American" slightly more than the other.
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« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2012, 10:32:03 pm »
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I don't care if Bachmann is Swiss. It's her tea-party backers that have a beef.

Israel is way overrepresented in US halls of power, but that's no surprise.
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« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2012, 07:26:09 am »
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The fact that Bachmann renounces her Swiss citizenship is even more hilarious than the fact she claimed it in the first place. She can't become Swiss because her followers are way too nationalist.

At least we know now that she'll remain a real Murican and true patriot. America had enough Benedict Arnolds already. Tongue
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« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2012, 03:40:44 pm »

Is it a double standard that Bachmann got called out for briefly being Swiss-American, while Rahm Emanuel has been in Congress, the Obama Administration and Mayor of Chicago while being an Israeli citizen and no one says a word about it?

If Emanuel had chosen Israeli citizenship, like, in 2009, it would have been as bizarre as the Bachmann story and gotten the same attention. It was something he started his career with.
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« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2012, 12:07:31 am »
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Is it a double standard that Bachmann got called out for briefly being Swiss-American, while Rahm Emanuel has been in Congress, the Obama Administration and Mayor of Chicago while being an Israeli citizen and no one says a word about it?

If Emanuel had chosen Israeli citizenship, like, in 2009, it would have been as bizarre as the Bachmann story and gotten the same attention. It was something he started his career with.

I guess the urban electorate of multicultural-minded Democrats that he has been elected by probably wouldn't make an issue out of someone with an additional nationality.

I don't have a problem with people holding dual citizenship with other countries, but I do think it's rather inappropriate to do so when holding a federal office.
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« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2012, 05:15:47 am »
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Judging by the attention Bachmann's alleged dual citizenship receives, by how her Democratic opponent turned this into a campaign issue and by Bachmann's subsequent reaffirmation that she is 100% American, one might think she has been accused of having an Iranian or North Korean rather than Swiss passport.

Just imagine a congressman having an Iranian passport!
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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2012, 05:27:59 am »
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I don't have a problem with people holding dual citizenship with other countries, but I do think it's rather inappropriate to do so when holding a federal office.

So, had Ahnold decided to run for Senate in 2010 he should have renounced his Austrian citizenship first?
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Is it a double standard that Bachmann got called out for briefly being Swiss-American, while Rahm Emanuel has been in Congress, the Obama Administration and Mayor of Chicago while being an Israeli citizen and no one says a word about it?

I don't think so. Between the two of them I am willing to bet one has used the phrase "that is un-American" slightly more than the other.

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