The Accidental American?

Despite hundreds of requests from the Democratic party filling up my inbox over these past months, I have of course not been able to donate even a dollar to the election campaign. Why? Because I’m not an American citizen. Foreigners are not allowed to donate directly to campaigns of course. And even though I wouldn’t have minded participating in DC politics, I am definitely not American yet. Or am I? Believe it or not, but I just got called for jury duty! That thing that people always complain about in tv series!! I would have loved it, though – it seems so exciting!! However, as a foreigner I’m not allowed to do that either. I don’t plan to stay here in the U.S. forever, but I’m wondering how long it is possible to live in a country without being able to participate in civic duties and be part of the democracy?


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