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Thread: One interesting aspect of the last two years' political developments is the degree to which any concept of citizenship has decayed
I remain stunned by the amount of outraged pushback I receive if I say that UK citizens should (and do) have more rights than EU immigrants
Or likewise if I point out that illegal immigrants in America are technically lawbreakers and maybe not *all* worthy of sympathy & amnesty
These are now controversial positions to hold. Yet not long ago Hillary Clinton could be found calling for tougher immigration enforcement
Now, of course, she (& the US Left) has positioned herself as a champion of the "undocumented", outraged at the idea of immigration control
Similarly in Britain, many commentators who were once harsh EU critics are now worshipful pro-EU cheerleaders (looking at you @IanDunt)
Citizenship is increasingly regarded - to the extent people think of it at all - as a transactional affair, services received for taxes paid
The argument goes that if you pay taxes here you deserve a full voice, even if you are a non-citizen or came in illegally
In other words, the contract or bond between citizen/resident and state has eroded
Of course, ppl still expect the state to protect them from foreign foes, give them healthcare, provide a welfare safety net, give EU perks
But even as they make these demands they offer less loyalty to the state in which they live. They want the benefits without responsibility
Responsibility goes much deeper than just paying one's taxes. It means commitment to community and ones home (or adopted) culture too
Traditionally the sign that an immigrant was willing to accept these responsibilities was their decision to apply for naturalisation
But today, many seem to expect the perks without assuming the responsibilities. Hence the outrage of EU citizens unwilling to naturalise
They forget that the EU is an aberration, and that nowhere else in the world would developed countries offer so much while asking so little
I sense that people think me heartless because of my stance; I'm not. Fully aware that there are exceptional cases of real uncertainty
Personally I would offer all current EU migrants fast track permanent residency or full citizenship for a greatly reduced fee
But where I am not sympathetic is where people want something for nothing. Freedom of mvt & other EU perks are political entitlements
They are not - I repeat, NOT - fundamental human rights. But many seem to claim that they are inalienable rights.
Hence all the overwrought posts, articles and testimonials about people whose lives have been thrown into "chaos".
Again, I sympathise to an extent. We should be as generous as possible in our future immigration policy.
But others' rights as EU migrants do not trump my right as a UK citizen to help set the course of my country in the direction I see fit
My desire to reclaim intelligently-exercised sovereignty for Britain can't be vetoed by ppl who won't assume responsibility of citizenship
Again, I'm sorry if this sounds callous. But this was the mainstream view 20yrs ago, and *still is* literally everywhere else in the world
I didn't spend last year campaigning tirelessly for Brexit because I hate immigrants or want to lower net immigration. Not at all.
But neuther will I allow the protestations of ppl who refuse to share the commitment & connection of citizenship with me to overrule my vote
It's that simple. Here endeth the sermon.
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