Back in the Reagan era (1987), Joel Slater became so angry at U.S. policies, that he decided to renounce his American citizenship. But, he didn’t acquire citizenship of another country first, so he made himself stateless.
When he renounced his citizenship he was in Australia, and he wrongly assumed that he would be able to stay there. But, Australia promptly deported him to the U.S. Then, he managed to make it into Canada and Mexico without a passport, but eventually he was shipped back to the States. Also, he couldn’t legally work without a social security number. So he became homeless, surviving on “odd jobs and the generosity of strangers.”
Finally, in 1993, after much begging and pleading, he was able to regain his U.S. citizenship.
In North Korea, since every political candidate is chosen by the ruling party, there is only one name on a ballot. A voter may cross off the candidate’s name to vote against him, but must do so with a red pen next to the ballot box in sight of electoral officials.
Back in 1970, Douglas P. Stewart, a professor of classics at Brandeis University, made headlines for advocating that the elderly should lose the right to vote.
His thesis is this:
“The old, having no future, are dangerously free from the consequences of their own political acts, and it makes no sense to allow the vote to someone who is actuarially unlikely to survive and pay the bills for (what) he may help elect.”
In other words, Stewart thinks old people vote with an attitude of “grand je serais mort, je me ficherais de tou — (when I’m dead, it (society) can go to hell).”
Citizens of Athens, Tennessee in 1946 lead an armed rebellion against the local government who was accused of using law enforcement to intimidate voters and rig elections.
The term “Politically Correct” was originally used within the Communist Party in Stalinist Russia to describe which opinions on government were appropriate to hold and which were not.
The whole reason we focus on presidents’ first 100 days in office so much is because of how much FDR accomplished during his.
Senator Daniel Webster turned down two offers to be vice president by William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor because he thought the office was a dead-end position. Both these presidents then died in office.
In the Soviet Union in 1991, voting “None of the Above” led to new elections with new candidates, eventually leading to the end of the Soviet Union.
The longest filibuster in US history was conducted by Strom Thurmond who spoke continuously for 24 hours and 18 minutes in an unsuccessful attempt to block the 1957 Civil Rights Act.