During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, the POTUS expressed his belief that U.S. citizenship is only partly about one’s legal status.
“We are citizens,” the President said. “It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made.”
Look up ‘citizen’ in the dictionary, and you’d find a definition such as: “a legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized.” Seems like being a citizen is all about one’s legal status.
The President continued his remarks on ‘citizenship’ by saying we have an obligation to one another.
“[Citizenship] captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story,” Obama said.
Yet, looking at President Obama’s record, it seems like he’s forgotten about our “obligations” to “future generations.” During his first term in office, the national debt increased by $5.8 trillion, according to USA Today, amounting to the largest debt increase under any one president.
So much for being a model ‘citizen,’ Mr. President.