Whenever the constitutional republic we call the United States of America encounters ideas and forces inimical to its founding principles and surrenders to them or invites them, whether on a large or small scale, the effect is one of negative erosion.
The United States, by virtue of its history and institutions — provided they are maintained and defended — is a cut above your typical "Western democracy," which tends more toward mob rule.
One cannot pick and choose this or that notion of law as a "citizen of the world" and at the same time be faithful to the distinct features that make the United State of America a strong defender and promoter of liberty.
The sooner and more robustly this is impressed upon our citizenry the better, but I would not count on today's public academia (save a few) or popular media to do the job.
If we want to defend Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the basis of Unites States citizenship, then we must also judge him according to his words and deeds under the parameters of the same. Citizens do not swear to uphold and defend the Constitution, seek to undermine it, and then expect no legal repercussions or loss of privilege.
As for the bigger picture, by electing an unknown, inexperienced, "world citizen" ideologue to the office of president, the people of the United States have had a hand in destabilizing and diminishing what is otherwise the strongest, most prosperous way of civil governance yet known.
It is most unfortunate their hearts, so willing to accept people of all lands and all walks of life, are so easily bamboozled and abused (some of them willingly) by lawless seekers-of-power who pit passion against reason.
REV. DAVID A. SEYBOLDT