A Love Letter For ‘Merica

Dear ‘Merica,

I must begin by professing love for you. I fell in love with your redwoods, your mountains, and your Pacific coast. I was given heart by the kindness you showed me in the suburbs of Chicago, by the many dear friends I’ve made within your borders and by the truly great citizens you have offered to the world. I love you and I want you to be safe, free and peaceful.

I’m afraid you’ve been living a life that is taking you far from each of those things. You’ve embraced violence, injustice, blind destruction and fanaticism to a degree that makes you appear to be not yourself. You are spitting in the face of all you used to hold high. Where is the liberty and justice you once tried to clean yourself with?

You’ve been on a dangerous road for a long while, ‘Merica, but tonight you made a grave mistake and will, despite my wish for your salvation, pay for it. You allowed a vile group of men to take over your life once again. I wish for your healing and for the unlocking of the shackles of violence, greed and blindness you’ve become clothed in, but you refuse the help the world offers you and you seem unable to accept your strengths and flaws.

‘Merica, I love you still. I am deeply troubled by your choices and afflictions, but I’ll not give up on you. I’ll strengthen myself with my love and be always ready to offer you help when you realize the troubles you have taken on.

Until you’re ready to love again I’ll do what I can to convince you of the need to get back to a noble path. I’m going to write you a new story, one of hope and transformation. I pray you’ll take the time to read it, even though you’ve rejected what I live for.

May you find peace and wisdom, shade and evolution.

A devoted lover,
Apollo

2 comments on “A Love Letter For ‘Merica

  1. With all the stories about malfunctioning voting machines, mostly in urban areas which are heavily Democratic, I don't think that Bush really has won fairly. I think they faked it just enough to have a small margin in overall numbers (1%) that match recent poll figures. Not to mention that something like 30% of votes were cast on tamper-vulnerable electronic voting machines with no paper trail. It's particularly telling that the U.S. newsmedia is not even reporting this story.

    I just don't believe it. How could my fellow countrymen be so blind and so dumb as to re-elect Bush by such a close margin?

    I've been thinking about leaving the U.S. even before November 2000 — I had already had several vacations and business conferences in Montreal, Toronto, Windsor, Nova Scotia, and elsewhere; since then I've also been to Vancouver and Vancouver Island; I've already reviewed Canada's Immigration regulations, looked in various areas for real estate, started a bank account, considered whether to look for work or whether my consulting business could survive outside the U.S., etc.

    Do you think I should leave, or stay and fight?

    A difficulty for me is that I'm just about to start my family, so whatever I do next will likely have to be in the place that I will stay for at least a decade. And outside of Maryland and New York, Canada is the only place I can see raising a family.

    I know that no place is 100% perfect and that immigration is very, very hard on people (many of my family only immigrated to the U.S. in the last 30 years, and some gave up and went back because it was too difficult).

    All advice will be very much appreciated.

  2. I certainly wish you were right in your assertion that Americans did not choose Bush. Even with tampering, far too may people voted for him, though.

    As for whether you should stay and fight or leave and fight, I think there's a lot to weigh. I have a lot of friends in the US that are considering leaving and I would fully support that decision. I would, however, also applaud them if they chose to stay and fight. What matters is chosing the life that will be best for you and your family. Are you willing to have them grow up in a country that remains as the US is or becomes worse? Are you willing to let them grow up without knowing the good your country offers and without fighting for it? There is a lot you can still do from afar – voting and communicating with your countryfolk, so in this age perhaps leaving would not be as great a loss.

    I don't have much experience with immigration myself, but I have heard that my province, Nova Scotia, is trying to increase immigration a great deal, so if you were to choose this part of Canada you'd likely be welcomed. That said, our economy isn't as strong as Ontario or Alberta, so it may be a slightly greater risk should you wish to continue your consulting business.

    I hope you'll be able to return and read this. If you could leave an e-mail address in the future I'll be sure to reply directly.

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