Skip to comments.Michele Bachmann claims Swiss citizenship [not kidding]
Posted on 05/08/2012 5:04:45 PM PDT by Semper911
Rep. Michelle Bachmann is now officially a Swiss miss.
Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently became a citizen of Switzerland, making her eligible to run for office in the tiny European nation, according to a Swiss report Tuesday.
Marcus Bachmann, the congresswomans husband since 1978, reportedly was eligible for Swiss citizenship due to his parents nationality but only registered it with the Swiss government on March 19. Once he did so, Michele automatically became a citizen, too, according to the Honegger.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
The citizenship of the president doesn't matter, though.
Holding citizenship in a peaceful country far from the U.S. may come in handy some day.
So true. As long as you get there before the airports close.
Michele is a smart lady. Does her SHTF plan involve Swiss Franks and an Alpine “vaction home”?
No doubt. And I believe every Swiss citizen in the country is still required to keep a long gun in their home.
The Swiss don't mess around.
So in other words, she’s not claiming anything of the sort.
As I understand it, she’s been redistricted into a hard left district.
"Claims" is where Politico shows its true (Rat) stripes.
Screw the Rats. Her citizenship was automatic by marriage. She can do whatever she wants. It doesn't make her any less American.
How right you are. Talk about a misleading headline! You have to read halfway through the story to find out that it was her HUSBAND that registered his Swiss citizenship, thus automatically making Michelle, as his wife, also a citizen.
no kidding, wish I could claim some kind of citizenship somewhere in case things get stupid here
Only problem is when the US goes down many other countries will have gone down before it, and those that rise will see to it that there are no peaceful countries, Only Muslim countries , Russia, and China, and a lot of dead infidels.
“And I believe every Swiss citizen in the country is still required to keep a long gun in their home.”
“Swiss males grow up expecting to undergo basic military training, usually at age 20 in the Rekrutenschule (German for “recruit school”), the initial boot camp, after which Swiss men remain part of the “militia” in reserve capacity until age 30 (age 34 for officers). Each such individual is required to keep his army-issued personal weapon (the 5.56x45mm Sig 550 rifle for enlisted personnel and/or the 9mm SIG-Sauer P220 semi-automatic pistol for officers, medical and postal personnel) at home. Up until October 2007, a specified personal retention quantity of government-issued personal ammunition (50 rounds 5.56 mm / 48 rounds 9mm) was issued as well, which was sealed and inspected regularly to ensure that no unauthorized use had taken place. The ammunition was intended for use while traveling to the army barracks in case of invasion.
...When their period of service has ended, militiamen have the choice of keeping their personal weapon and other selected items of their equipment. In this case of retention, the rifle is sent to the weapons factory where the fully automatic function is removed; the rifle is then returned to the discharged owner. The rifle is then a semi-automatic or self-loading rifle.
The government sponsors training with rifles and shooting in competitions for interested adolescents, both male and female.”
How about sneaking across the Swiss border and make a go of it? It's not illegal, you know. Just undocumented.
Let us know how it works out.
I love, love, love Michelle. Even named one of my cats after her......
After marrying my wife, I became a citizen of Switzerland and of the Canton of Ticino.
Now I have four passports.
3. British National(Overseas)
I wonder what the home burglary rate is in Switzerland?
Wasn’t some half white Harvard graduate, community organizer, former IL State Senator promoting being born in Kenya when running for US Senate?
No story there for Politico however...
The problem with getting another passport or citizenship is that the IRS will be on your a** in a heartbeat. Might be a good idea though if your close to retirement and planning not to come back.
Cool! You married well!
What are you, some kind of racist?
I think you're wrong there but I'm not certain.Check with the British Embassy to be sure.under Irish law I'm entitled to Irish citizenship because my grandparents were born there.If I ever decide that I want to retire in Europe (I *love* Italy) I might exercise that option.
illegal ain’t my bag, but I get your point
As a duel citizen, she will no longer be qualified for the presidency.
That only happens to those who,once they get another passport,*renounce* their US citizenship.Under those circumstances they're all over you like white on rice.
I'm almost certain that that's not correct...but not 100% certain.Even if it's wrong you know the Rats will scream bloody murder if she ran..or was even the Veep nominee."How dare this traitor to our great nation think she can serve this country! Where do her *real* loyalties lie?"
No one gives a damn about presidential qualifications anymore. I would love love love for her to run again and have the Dems try to bring it up. Same goes for Rubio and Jindal.
Dual citizens are not qualified to serve as president as they may have divided loyalties.
At least she was born HERE, and not in another country, then lied about it to run for President. Like that would ever happen.
Perhaps I should have asked for a clarification of your post before I replied.I assumed that you meant that they were *Constitutionally barred* from the Presidency and that was my mindset when I answered.I'd wager that *that's* not the case,although I'm no Constitutional scholar.Even if I'm correct the "divided loyalty" charge during a campaign would,I suspect,be a powerful...and effective...one.
I like Michele but I think she has to choose US citizenship if she wants to hold a US office. (Just my opinion of course.) The thought of divided loyalties in any elected US official is just so un-American, in my book.
My first thought.
She’s my Congresscritter, but one of our cats is named Scooter Libby.
RE: Now I have four passports.
3. British National(Overseas)
Have you ever thought about the TAX IMPLICATIONS of having so many passports?
1) Do any of the above countries require you to file incomes taxes on earnings in the USA?
2) If you eventually decide to live in say, Switzerland... will the money you make in Switzerland ( or even the interests you make on your bank account there ) not be taxable by the USA?
Probably more Brat’s and Wienerschnitzel than Franks. Just saying.... :^)
The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a citizen of two countries at the same time. Each country has its own citizenship laws based on its own policy.Persons may have dual nationality by automatic operation of different laws rather than by choice. For example, a child born in a foreign country to U.S. citizen parents may be both a U.S. citizen and a citizen of the country of birth.
A U.S. citizen may acquire foreign citizenship by marriage, or a person naturalized as a U.S. citizen may not lose the citizenship of the country of birth.U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one citizenship or another. Also, a person who is automatically granted another citizenship does not risk losing U.S. citizenship. However, a person who acquires a foreign citizenship by applying for it may lose U.S. citizenship. In order to lose U.S. citizenship, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign citizenship voluntarily, by free choice, and with the intention to give up U.S. citizenship.
Intent can be shown by the person's statements or conduct.The U.S. Government recognizes that dual nationality exists but does not encourage it as a matter of policy because of the problems it may cause. Claims of other countries on dual national U.S. citizens may conflict with U.S. law, and dual nationality may limit U.S. Government efforts to assist citizens abroad. The country where a dual national is located generally has a stronger claim to that person's allegiance.
However, dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country. They are required to obey the laws of both countries. Either country has the right to enforce its laws, particularly if the person later travels there.Most U.S. citizens, including dual nationals, must use a U.S. passport to enter and leave the United States. Dual nationals may also be required by the foreign country to use its passport to enter and leave that country. Use of the foreign passport does not endanger U.S. citizenship. Most countries permit a person to renounce or otherwise lose citizenship.
lots of kids born of foreigners can claim US citizenship.
I’m still wondering why the Peruvian embassy hasn’t intervened in the Zimmerman case...
Smart? She’s so stupid neither her or any of her bloated staff knew the difference between the day Elvis was born and the day he died.
That’s not a gaffe. That’s incompetence.
And that’s important why? You sound like the kind of man-on-the-street morons who wouldn’t vote for Palin because of stupid lower-than-non-issues like that or dumb SNL jokes.
FTA: Congresswoman Bachmanns 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, said Bachmann spokesperson Becky Rogness.
She had the option to either apply for citizenship or not, and she chose to do it. There's nothing automatic about it.
“However, dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country. They are required to obey the laws of both countries.”
A person that is required to follow the laws of another country cannot serve as president of the United States.
A president must not have divided loyalties.
If one is a citizen of two nations, they are required to follow the laws of both nations.
Plenty of people with Irish roots can apply for an Irish passport. It is useful when travelling in Europe and you can work in any of the EU countries that are signed on to the Schengen Agreement.
In the case of Bachmann, her husband has allegedly applied for Swiss citizenship, which makes Michele eligible to apply for a Swiss passport. She can elect to do that if she wants. Presumably, she could renonunce any Swiss citizenship period. I am not familiar with Swiss nationality laws in that regard.
Personally, I would to see the US prohibit dual nationality similar to what the Germans do.
There is some speculation that Obama by virtue of his father, a British subject, obtained a British passport. No proof however.
I particularly like the Sturmgewehr 57, which has the delayed blowback operating system (but flaps, instead of rollers).
Training in fire and maneuver is interesting. When providing overwatch fires, you keep your fire two fingers above the maneuver forces if firing a free rifle or bipod, and can come as close as one finger if you are firing from a tripod mounted gun.
Rubin was the inventor of the jacketed bullet, which made high velocity fire practical.
Of all these countries, only the United States taxes citizens who's income is derived overseas and domiciled overseas.
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