On one of my nonpolitical email lists, someone posted the following message:
If you really had to move away from the U.S. what country would afford you the most peace of mind/freedom from fascism?
Canada has just adopted the U.S. No Fly list and has gone conservative, governmentally that is
To which these replies came in (quoted in their entirety):
“If I won the lottery today, I’d move to Iceland tomorrow.”
“I’d go to Italy (they have better food than New Zealand).”
…and then I replied:
I’m so f@@king tired of people who have no sense of history or reality waving the “fascism” flag and promising to leave…
[snip], I’ll happily front $500 toward your plane ticket and help you on your way. Just stay out of the country for two years, and it’ll be yours with no other obligation. Anyone else want to come in on this with me?
You could go to the UK where complaining about an immigrant teacher’s accent gets you time in a holding station, or where you’re on government -sponsored TV everywhere you drive (and they track the license plates)…
You could go to France where criticizing an (arguably false) piece of TV news gets you hauled into court for defamation, and fined.
Or just skip to the head of the line and go to Venezuela, where protesting against the government gets you shot.
Or Iran, where you can have all the rights you want, as long as you’re straight, subservient, and don’t try and use the Internet or meet to complain about the government. Or especially meet on the Internet – like we are here – to complain about the government.
Don’t let the door hit you, etc…
Let me make it really, really clear. Why should anyone trust you with the keys to the country when you don’t love it enough to stay and fight to make it better?
And why should anyone pay attention to the notions of someone who thinks – seriously – that we’re looking down the barrel of a fascist state here in the United States?