They can work both ways.

Is this fence to keep Mexicans out or Americans in?

That was what I was wondering the other day when my US passport renewal was denied.

A few weeks ago I submitted my paperwork for renewal, and it turns out that the passport office made a mistake 10 years ago that I had to pay for.  10 years earlier they mistakenly gave me a passport that said I was born in North Carolina, instead of South Carolina.  I was able to use that passport with no problem for almost 10 years.  But when I went to renew… denied!

This should have been a pretty insignificant issue, but apparently they take that stuff seriously.  So in order to get my passport I had to obtain and submit an official certified version of my birth certificate.     Do you have one of those lying around?

Well surprisingly  I did, and was able to fill out the proper forms and re submit right away….

BUT in the meantime I had a situation in Panama that required my attention.  I needed to deal with some business at my house but I could not get down there to deal with it.  I was totally trapped.    Trapped in my own country.  I wanted to go take care of some business at a house that I own but the government said NO.

I felt almost panic.  This was a terrible.    This was when I began to wonder if the fence and immigration measures are constructed to keep people out or to keep us in.  The idea that I was not allowed to go to my house was infuriating.  I felt like I was being unfairly punished by bully parents.  The government said “Stay in your room until I say so”

OK, I’ll readily admit I have always had a very hard time with authority.  I do not like being told what I can and cannot do.  I do not like being told where I can and cannot go.  But here I was helpless.

Let me tell you “That helpless feeling sucks ass!”   So I have moved the second passport project higher on my list.  I learned that even if  you have permanent residency in a country,  if you cannot get there it does you no good whatsoever, unless of course you want to climb a fence.

So, do you need a second passport?  You might.

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3 Responses to "They can work both ways."

  1. Dougstrong65 says:

    why dont you post something about how lucky you are to have grown up in this country. if you travel beyond south/central america you sure will be greatful. you still live here in the states, right? why not move out all together? 

    • fmfranklin200 Marion says:

       Why don’t you leave Doug instead of giving the author crap. You sound like a love it or leave it idiot. I hope you leave America Doug!

  2. 'Tis Moi says:

    Hi Trey,

    As a dual-citizen (US/AU), I can tell you now that I am so very grateful of my AU citizenship. Being born in the USA, I swallowed the whole, “America is the greatest” thing hook, line, & sinker. I never knew just how big a bully the US was until I left it. Everyone talks a lot about freedom there- but that’s all it is- talk. Try to express a dissenting opinion, & you’re shouted down (as per Doug, here). The US has become so corrupt, politically, that the wealthy are now destroying the middle-class & creating a serfdom. The “wars” are created so that the likes of Dick Cheney can sell munitions & his boss was able to access oil fields. (Lots of bad people in other parts of the world the US could do something about, but hey, there’s no oil there so tough luck). When I was in the states, I worked my tail off (2-3 jobs), tried to save, tried to move ahead- but it’s so ridiculously impossible as a single parent. In AU I have support for my family, universal health insurance, and my children’s world-class university fees are tiny by comparison. To the rest of the world, simply shouting you’re the greatest doesn’t make you that- it only shows your baseless pride.

    Oh- here’s one last thing: the USA follows it’s dual-citizens forever to keep it’s hand in your pocket via the IRS & Treasury. Even if you leave & never return, the US expects you to file tax returns & pay taxes to them. The only way to stop that is to renounce your citizenship. Pretty heavy-handed, wouldn’t you say?

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