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I've lost faith in my country.

Even if Bush ends up losing - the fact that it still came down to this, to provisional ballots and recounts and lawsuits, that fully half the country has a mindset so alien to my own that I cannot even find enough common ground to debate them on - there's nothing of America left.

Many are saying to stand and fight, make your voice heard. Well, I've been watching the fight happen, and have added my own voice to the clamor over the last ten years. And it hasn't made a damn lick of difference. If anything, the divide is wider, the frustration more bitter.

This country has made it clear the direction it wants to go. And that direction is not in line with my will, nor is it in line with my will to try to force the country around to my way of thinking. Which means tomorrow I start looking elsewhere.

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leora
Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:08 am (UTC)
I wish I could go elsewhere. I understand how you feel. And it feels wrong to be in the US if you're doing decently well, because then your taxes will support a corrupt and immoral system.
apsulute
Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:31 am (UTC)
No!
Stand and fight, on any level. if we run then nothing stands in the way of the Juggernaught!
leora
Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: No!
Except the loss of brain power. The Brain Drain from Europe to the US helped bring the US to acendency. A similar effect out of the US to other countries may help make some new country the leading super power. If enough people flee.
plymouth
Nov. 3rd, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
Re: No!
oooOOOooo. That's a really good point. I wonder what progressive country out there could use a good test engineer :)
diepunyhuman
Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)

right on. me too, but who knows what i'll be able to afford.
rev_blacky
Nov. 3rd, 2004 02:02 am (UTC)
A friend of mine posted this quote... "I was just thinking...in a sick way it's quite funny how we (britain) shipped the criminals to australia and the religious nutcases to america...and the criminals made a better nation for themselves" ...
Now I just need to find a hot single Brit/Australian/New Zealander/German to ship me over and take care of me!
At least for the next four years...
00goddess
Nov. 3rd, 2004 03:39 am (UTC)
Except, the US WAS a penal colony, just as was Australia. ;)
ex_leopardp
Nov. 3rd, 2004 06:35 am (UTC)
Here, here!
aspasia93
Nov. 3rd, 2004 02:30 am (UTC)
I hear Trinidad & Tobago and Nepal are both fairly friendly to US Ex-Pats.

Believe me, going the way of other Ex-Pats before me has crossed my mind more times than I can count -- started researching the idea a few years ago.

I think the time has come to research it more thoroughly -- I live in Ohio. "Ohio, called the heartland -- because the brain's not there."
00goddess
Nov. 3rd, 2004 03:40 am (UTC)
My partner and I are also looking into expatriation. Vancouver and Belize are our top two contenders right now. I am so disappointed and I don't want to be here during the next 4 years.
contentlove
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:38 am (UTC)
Not to rain on your parade, but Nepal has rather firm laws about ex-pats. You get to live there 3 months a year. You can go Oct 1 and stay til March 30, thus getting six months, but that's about the extent of it.

It is, however, a very good place to visit.
aspasia93
Nov. 3rd, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC)
Given that sometimes it's really just best to sit out for four years and come back when the climate is better, becoming a true cosmopolitan for four years isn't a bad prospect though. It took my dad more than four years outside of Ukraine before he even set toe on American soil, including being up to his neck in a pond next to a Red Cross train just five miles outside of Dresden on 13 Feb 1945, so I am quite loath to completely expatriate unless my reasoning be terribly concrete. What the rest of the world CAN be like is still very fresh in my "familial mind". Nonetheless, the option is ever present, and currently gaining more founding by the moment. I guess being an anthropologist -- given the right applications, qualifications, and endless form filing -- at times it is supposed to be my job to go live and work elsewhere, but that doesn't make the time I have to live here much better in the moment.

Thanks for the info on Nepal. Useful bits.
apsulute
Nov. 3rd, 2004 04:32 am (UTC)
Do what thou will...
I will stay and fight tooth and nail over every ammendment, every foolish leap into the abyss, my family has bleed for over 300 years to bring this country up and I will NOT sacrifice it to the fools certain in their contempt!
tavalon
Nov. 3rd, 2004 05:56 am (UTC)
Re: Do what thou will...
As will I. For now.
contentlove
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
Re: Do what thou will...
Well, yeah. I tend to take the long view as well.
ex_leopardp
Nov. 3rd, 2004 06:38 am (UTC)
I want to gather up my kids and head for Australia, New Zealand..anyplace that we can get citizenship. I do not want to stay in this country if Bush and his Good Ol' Boys Brigade are going to be in charge.
mrlogic
Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
I just made a very similar post (before reading yours)...
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