Rumors are rife that an American - a citizen of the United States of America - is about to be elevated to a position in the Irish government. I'm not sure what you might think about that, but I'm not comfortable with it.
American citizen and Green Party member Ciaran Cuffe is the man in question. Cuffe is a member of the Dáil (Irish parliament), but now he is supposedly about to become a minister in the government, probably later this month.
Cuffe's in the same position as me and all those who hold dual citizenship between America and any other country. We all walk a line that can seem pretty fuzzy at times. I've always figured that there's little chance of an actual war between Ireland and America* so my true loyalties will never be called into question**.
I pay my taxes here, I vote here, I live here, my wife and children live here. Yet, I feel incredible loyalty to America. I still vote there. I do my utmost to defend America in conversations, arguments, debates, whatever. Occasionally I've done so in the media. Living outside of America has helped me appreciate it a lot more than I probably would have had I remained at home.
Where Cuffe's and my situations differ is that he's an elected member of parliament, which is not something I've ever seriously considered pursuing, partially because I wasn't sure it was entirely legal in American law. Legal or not it strikes me as not really right, although I could accept an argument saying it's okay to be an American citizen serving in another country's parliament.
However, I definitely think it's wrong for an American to take a seat in another country's government, even the Irish government. The law, however, does not offer me clear-cut support for my position.
A person who is a national of the United States whether by birth or naturalization, shall lose his nationality by voluntarily performing any of the following acts with the intention of relinquishing United States nationality — ... accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after attaining the age of eighteen years if he has or acquires the nationality of such foreign state
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