The decline of US citizenship

The idea of US citizenship is being thoroughly devalued as migrants arrive in record numbers at the southern border and people arrive from Afghanistan who have not been properly vetted. But I am left waiting to be approved.

I am a South African-born US patriot. My first apartment overlooked the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington DC. I didn’t understand the reverence with which the guards saluted the American flag.


In a new book due to be released next month, Victor Davis Hanson explains the decline of the once cherished idea of American citizenship. As the preview to the book says, “American citizenship as we have known it may soon vanish. In ‘The Dying Citizen’, Hanson outlines the historical forces that led to this crisis. The evisceration of the middle class over the last fifty years has made many Americans dependent on the federal government. Open borders have undermined the idea of allegiance to a particular place. Identity politics have eradicated our collective civic sense of self. And a top-heavy administrative state has endangered personal liberty, along with formal efforts to weaken the Constitution.”

“Would it not be easier,” wrote Berthold Brecht after the East German uprising in 1953, “for the government to dissolve the people and elect another.” The easiest way to elect a new people is to import them. This is why Biden’s administration welcomes illegal immigration. The beleaguered productive class has to subsidize its own demise and see its country dismantled. Veterans are homeless but illegal terrorists get special treatment. Across America, taxpayers are funding the subversion of their own communities.

The notion of a Republic in which we, the people, have a say no longer exists.


In the Declaration of Independence, we read, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of those ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”

Millions of Americans have such deep contempt for Joe Biden that in another era, his dereliction of duty as the Commander in Chief would be considered treason.

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