You may as well get used to it, because you’re going to be hearing the “citizens of the world” phrase a lot more in the coming years. It’s been around for a while, and probably came about as a result of the information age, which turned the world into what some sociologists call a global village. But it wasn’t until Obama gave his Berlin speech to 200,000 Germans that the phrase was imposed on “citizens” by a major political figure.
“I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen — a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world….the burdens of global citizenship continue to bind us together,” said Obama. It’s a subtle phrase, seemingly harmless. Yet, it is just the beginning of a dissolution of American sovereignty. He goes on to say, “Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice; it is the one way, the only way.”
Now that you’re a citizen of the world, you must submit your individual liberties not only to this republic-turned-democracy in America, but also to the democracy of the world. This is one of the many phrases that is meant to inspire, but, perhaps inadvertently, serves to thrust the rights of the individual into a position of subservience to the envisioned global government. A global government may seem far away, but once you understand that governmental power always grows when left unchecked and also has a tendency to consolidate, you will realize that it may not be long before we’re given a Citizen of the World identification card.Published in