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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.


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."
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.
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.
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.


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