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What is the True Worth of Citizenship?

Popularity 3Viewed 8863 times 2016-4-19 21:37 |System category:Life| YouTube, Citizen, Hukou, Birth, Certificate

As some of the readership is aware, I have taken a bit of a Quixotic Quest on YouTube, attempting to outline what a U.S. Citizen needs to do to register to vote in the upcoming November 2016 elections.  While gathering the needed information for all 50 states of the Union – it has been interesting to note the rather large importance of having one’s personal identification paperwork organized, such as having a Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, and State ID Card (whether a person drives a car or not).  I have been fortunate to have had a family that was very good about understanding the importance of organizing and maintaining these sorts of records right from birth – because the way the rules appear to be written in the majority of the 50 states, it is damn near impossible to this paperwork together later in life without spending a significant amount of time and effort.  I even pointed out the absurdity of the process, versus purchasing stock certificates for publicly traded companies in this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anzitXHpSCQ&index=8&list=PL4XMRYcA8Du9rjrI51ZmrsKZgQeEZUXE5.  Mind you, if you are a Chinese Student, and you are living in the United States – this sort of news and information may prove to be useful – in terms of setting up ‘alternative revenue streams’ other than your family back on the mainland to help fund your University costs.

 

However, as an U.S. Citizen, it can show the vicious circle that a person can be placed in if their family did not have the mindset of getting their children ready at an early age.  Make no mistake, for all of the complaints leveled at the Chinese Hukou – the American Birth Certificate/State ID system is no less daunting to understand, much less manage.  Lord knows, given what I have seen in the U.S. educational system, public and private, there is no emphasis given to students to understand the worth of this identification.  I say worth because for most people that live in stable societies like the U.S. or P.R. China – the very stability of a ‘boring day’ has far greater valve than ownership of a business.  As many American and Chinese Diplomats, Business People, and Tourists will attest – there are far too many places in the world where chaos and mayhem reign supreme to such a deep level that nothing can be taken for granted – less one will lie dead face first in a ditch.

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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-4-20 09:47
Thank you very much!!! we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-4-21 17:07
"... it is damn near impossible to this paperwork together later in life without spending a significant amount of time and effort." you forgot 'money'. Paying administrative fees for replacement documents can run into the hundreds of dollars.
Would you please discuss why it is so important to have all of this paperwork?
Reply Report tradervic 2016-4-21 22:19
teamkrejados: "... it is damn near impossible to this paperwork together later in life without spending a significant amount of time and effort." you forg ...
"Would you please discuss why it is so important to have all of this paperwork?"

As I have been discussing in my videos - some very essential acts, such as voting, getting a driver's license, or buying a house is very much tied to the concept of having the correct Identification Paperwork.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-4-22 18:17
tradervic: "Would you please discuss why it is so important to have all of this paperwork?"

As I have been discussing in my videos - some very essenti ...
We can't watch YouTube over here, Vic. I wish I could see your videos, though. They sound interesting.
Reply Report tradervic 2016-4-23 02:27
teamkrejados: We can't watch YouTube over here, Vic. I wish I could see your videos, though. They sound interesting.
Little hesitant to have a Youku or QQ account, now if the China Daily had a video portal...
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-4-27 08:39
Citizenship: through an accident of birth, being held hostage to a country's government and ideals, whether you agree with them or not.
Reply Report ozsteve53 2016-4-28 08:40
teamkrejados: We can't watch YouTube over here, Vic. I wish I could see your videos, though. They sound interesting.
A VPN will give you access to everything ( YouTube , Facebook etc .)  for about $8 a month . Some are even free . I can recommend ExpressVPN for China .

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