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(Politico)   Michele Bachmann (R-Switzerland) successfully trolls the United States   (politico.com) divider line 216
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2012-05-09 02:10:45 AM
Sorry. I've had a moment to absorb this.

WHAT THE HELL?
 
2012-05-09 02:11:08 AM
America has so much crazy we're exporting it.
 
2012-05-09 02:11:21 AM
No, seriously.

WHAT THE HELL?
 
2012-05-09 02:11:41 AM

propasaurus: What makes a person turn neutral?


In Bachmann's case, a strong base with a pH of at least 13.
 
2012-05-09 02:14:33 AM
She was running for President. Of THIS country. While she and her husband were getting citizenship... of ANOTHER.

WHAT. THE. HELL?
 
2012-05-09 02:14:52 AM
She needs her clearance yanked which would mean she's off the intel committee.
 
2012-05-09 02:16:11 AM
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.

I am getting some serious WTF vibes here. Does she know something that means being able to flea to an impenetrable little country at the drop of a nuke will protect her and her children?
 
2012-05-09 02:16:27 AM
I'm sure it's all about the money. Her husband's ministry needs a better way to hide its income.

Voila! Swiss bank accounts!
 
2012-05-09 02:18:43 AM
For those calling for her security clearance to be revoked, its been a long time, but I believe thats a cause for revocation.

But for those saying "hahahah teabaggers", you obviously don't know how these people think. They will say her doing this PROVES just how bad the united states is!

And finally for those asking the swiss to take her...I can only think...Please take her and keep her. But inside I know...thats not very kind of me.
 
2012-05-09 02:18:54 AM
There are four offical languages in Switzerland...does that make her a criminal since she doesn't speak any of them?
Link
 
2012-05-09 02:19:53 AM
what in the blue fark
 
2012-05-09 02:20:21 AM
Sorry folks, because she was elected to office she gets Top Secret clearance automatically, how else could Alcee Hastings even have a chance to get on the Intelligance comittee after he got bounced as a Federal Judge.
 
2012-05-09 02:21:29 AM

Disgruntled Dave: Sorry folks, because she was elected to office she gets Top Secret clearance automatically, how else could Alcee Hastings even have a chance to get on the Intelligance comittee after he got bounced as a Federal Judge.


Yeah, and why doesn't this apple taste like an orange?!
 
2012-05-09 02:23:53 AM
Can you be a congress person and have dual citizenship? Before someone answers that, remember that a lot of Mexicans legally in America possess dual citizenship. So be careful because you might unite latinos with tea baggers
 
2012-05-09 02:25:55 AM
Eh, I don't see the big deal. I hope to have dual citizenship with Trinidad someday, through marriage, just so my blond-haired blue-eyed audibly-from-America ass can tell strangers that I am a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, doesn't mean I want to live there.
 
2012-05-09 02:26:09 AM
She doesn't get the nomination so she leaves for Europe? Good riddance.
 
2012-05-09 02:32:12 AM

Britney Spear's Speculum: Can you be a congress person and have dual citizenship? Before someone answers that, remember that a lot of Mexicans legally in America possess dual citizenship. So be careful because you might unite latinos with tea baggers


Yes. If she loses her citizenship, however, she would be booted out. At this point, she can do any number of things to lose it, but from what I read in the article, she hasn't yet.

What I wonder is if she is require to serve her conscription requirements? While serving in a foreign military isn't enough, becoming an officer is, and swearing any kind of oath of allegiance is as well, or taking any kind of Swiss government job.
 
2012-05-09 02:36:27 AM
I'm okay with exporting crazy. In fact, I'd suggest a free trade pact. For every Bachmann, we get a:

i90.photobucket.com

Now, let's start shopping Palin around
 
2012-05-09 02:36:33 AM

Disgruntled Dave: because she was elected to office she gets Top Secret clearance automatically,


Wrong.
 
2012-05-09 02:40:15 AM

Aar1012: WO GEBRTSRKNDE W!?


FTFY
 
2012-05-09 02:45:49 AM
Swiss Miss?

Instant KooKoo?

This story warms me up inside.

/Thread needs more pics of the Neutrals from Futurama.
 
2012-05-09 02:49:33 AM

WhyteRaven74: She needs her clearance yanked which would mean she's off the intel committee.


Not really... I am quite confident we have had loads of elected officials with dual citizenship. You can start with just Israel.

Oh, and Link
 
2012-05-09 02:49:44 AM
Well played IMO, Switzerland is a pretty good place to fall back too.
 
2012-05-09 03:01:08 AM

rynthetyn: She needs her security clearance revoked. Stat.

Also, when in the entire history of the United States of America has anyone who was even for a brief moment considered a front runner for their party's nomination for president promptly gone and gotten themselves dual citizenship with a foreign state? It seems pretty disloyal.


Her status as a Member of Congress outweighs her dual citizenship as it pertains to security clearances.

Also, as far as I can tell (and it's wiki, so take it with a grain of salt) both Spiro Agnew and Michael Dukakis would have been dual US-Greek citizens, under Greek law.
 
2012-05-09 03:06:40 AM
Forty-Two:
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.

The composer?

No, the decomposer...

He's my man Jackson -- he's on the Swiss Twenty Franc Bill
 
2012-05-09 03:11:44 AM
whither_apophis:
Just imagine what the GOP would do if Franken got dual citizenship somewhere. Faux News anchors would be actually foaming at the mouth.

Well, with Franken, it would probably be Cuba...
 
2012-05-09 03:12:40 AM
Well, according to Birthers, this makes her ineligible to be President.
 
2012-05-09 03:16:37 AM

GAT_00: That ought to cause some good Teabagger head explosions.


naah. it's leftards that asplode. Switzerland? and she votes for war?? Wars of choice!!??! *plop* as their heads cave in.
 
2012-05-09 03:19:56 AM

haemaker: What I wonder is if she is require to serve her conscription requirements? While serving in a foreign military isn't enough, becoming an officer is, and swearing any kind of oath of allegiance is as well, or taking any kind of Swiss government job.


Not exactly. It is possible to lose US citizenship if one does those things with the intention to relinquish US citizenship. The State Department explicitly states:
The Department has a uniform administrative standard of evidence based on the premise that U.S. citizens intend to retain United States citizenship when they obtain naturalization in a foreign state, subscribe to a declaration of allegiance to a foreign state, serve in the armed forces of a foreign state not engaged in hostilities with the United States, or accept non-policy level employment with a foreign government.
Emphasis mine.

One could lose US citizenship if one takes a "policy level position in a foreign state" -- if one works at the Swiss DMV or as the Zurich city dog-catcher, one is not at risk of losing one's US citizenship but it may be a possibility if they take a job as a Swiss legislator.

Personally, I have no problem with people acquiring dual citizenship, even US government officials. It certainly makes travel easier. While Switzerland isn't part of the EU, they are part of the Schengen Agreement and so Swiss citizens can travel and live freely throughout Europe. As an American living in Switzerland for graduate school and generally annoyed with the amount of fees and paperwork needed for me to live and study here, I'm somewhat envious.

In a few years when I (hopefully) finish the PhD track I'd like to move back to North America to be closer to family and friends. My wife and I are considering Canada, as they have good research opportunities, reasonable cost of living (in most areas), and seem to have their heads less up their ass than the US.
 
2012-05-09 03:20:19 AM
Bachmann's office confirmed that the congresswoman had received Swiss citizenship, and attributed the decision to her children.

Ahh so becoming a citzen of another country just to get benefits is ok if you are a REPUBLICAN who does it. Everyone else are "freeloaders" and "leeches".
 
2012-05-09 03:20:22 AM
i91.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-09 03:20:33 AM

Endrick: "Congresswoman Bachmann's husband is of Swiss descent, so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978. However, recently some of their children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual-citizenship so they went through the process as a family,"

Mom, you've what's wrong with the country and we want out.


Heh, I was trying to do the same thing. But the Irish laws are annoying such that my Cherokee stepmom has a right to Irish citizenship and I am working my ass off to not get deported from Europe.

IHadMeAVision: Eh, I don't see the big deal. I hope to have dual citizenship with Trinidad someday, through marriage, just so my blond-haired blue-eyed audibly-from-America ass can tell strangers that I am a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, doesn't mean I want to live there.


I think I'm going for Spanish citizenship. Which means that I have to say I'm loyal to the king of Spain. The USA doesn't recognise it, but doesn't anull my US citizenship. Which means I would be a bi-national but not a dual national with each country refusing to acknowledge I am a citizen of the other.
 
2012-05-09 03:22:36 AM
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2012-05-09 03:22:44 AM

Lego_Addict: Well played IMO, Switzerland is a pretty good place to fall back too.


Because "Socialism" is only horrible for attacking Democrats with. Funny for someone who keeps repeating the evils of "European Socialism" she doesn't seem to think it's that bad.

More BS republican hypocrisy.
 
2012-05-09 03:23:33 AM
Still trying to figure out her rationale.

Because, like the cheese Michele Bachmann, is holier than thou?

What?

Just asking questions here.
 
2012-05-09 03:30:00 AM

heypete: One could lose US citizenship if one takes a "policy level position in a foreign state" -- if one works at the Swiss DMV or as the Zurich city dog-catcher, one is not at risk of losing one's US citizenship but it may be a possibility if they take a job as a Swiss legislator.


Which would be why I wasn't in danger of losing my US citizenship when I took a teaching position that was on the payroll of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
2012-05-09 03:32:38 AM
So once the GOP finally succeeds in crashingthe economy, she'll be able to bail like a rat from a sinking ship?
 
2012-05-09 03:43:00 AM

El Pachuco: If the US went to war with Switzerland, whose side would she be on?

Us?

Or them?


She'd be on our side. Her Swiss side would be neutral.
 
2012-05-09 03:57:12 AM
i thought the US doesn't recognize a dual citizenship?
 
2012-05-09 04:00:44 AM
Great job, Teabaggers. You figured out a way to make Switzerland declare war.
 
2012-05-09 04:02:35 AM

propasaurus: What makes a person turn neutral?


i1024.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-09 04:09:15 AM
blogs.reuters.com

Here we see the Swiss people joining hands in an attempt to form a barrier to prevent Michelle Bachmann from entering the country.
 
2012-05-09 04:11:18 AM

Fury Pilot: propasaurus: What makes a person turn neutral?

[LiveFreeOrDon't]


Thank you, was waiting for that.
 
2012-05-09 04:16:06 AM
This makes my day!

What? This doesn't mean they have to take her?

Never mind.
 
2012-05-09 04:21:05 AM
I hope Marcus realizes that he can't marry his boyfriend in Switzerland either. 'Registered partnership' is as far as they'll go. And he has that already.

/At first I thought the link was Oniony, but, no, strait-up Politico. We told you she was crazy.
 
2012-05-09 04:22:14 AM
Anybody who has followed Bachmann's career knows of her disdain for America and is therefore not suprised by this. However, even the most cursory investigation shows Bachmann taking Swiss citizenship is far more sinister then may appear.

Consider: Switzerland is supposedly a neutral country. Yet it has a highly trained, well equipped, military of over 200,000... who's job it is to guard the Pope! Therefore, Bachmann is a puppet of papal global hegemony!! Also, the Pope is know to have been a member of the Nazi Party so it would seem obvious that Bachmann is part of a larger Catholo-Nazi cabal!!

/working for WND must be so easy
 
2012-05-09 04:41:00 AM
My question is: What kind of tax dodges can they pull with duel US/Swiss citizenship?
 
2012-05-09 05:10:43 AM
she will be right at home in the Swiss People's Party

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2012-05-09 05:17:27 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Nadie_AZ: If she bails to Europe, does she still owe her campaign debts?

I say forgive them f she never comes back

/hell, I'd chip in to help pay it off


Sounds like a fair trade-off.
 
2012-05-09 05:23:22 AM

dumbobruni: she will be right at home in the Swiss People's Party


Thanks for posting that - those were such blatant images.

My head is still spinning over this. I know people who were born and raised in Switzerland who can't get citizenship there (especially given the role of local councils), but Bachamnn has no problem? Automatic for her and her kids?

/married to Canadian
//absolutely nothing automatic about my status in Canada
 
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