Americans who renounce their citizenship for spite, or for a “mess of pottage”  

My late father was a born and raised Louisiana Cajun, and although I was born in South Africa, my American heritage has always informed my inner identity. It’s a status I feel highly privileged to have, and of which I am immensely proud.

It’s a known fact that American citizens are the envy of people all over the world.

So I am flabbergasted to read that there are Americans who are actually renouncing their citizenship—some for political reasons, others in order to circumvent the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requirements.

To renounce their American citizenship just because they don’t like the way the political wind is blowing is just plain crazy, in my opinion. That’s like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

And renouncing American citizenship for financial gain—FATCA—is akin to Esau selling his birthright for a mess of pottage.

It didn’t end well for Esau, and it probably won’t end well for a lot of those Americans.