The Yellow Dog Blog

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Monday, February 07, 2005

"Living their political values"

It appears there is still a vocal minority of liberals who are still despondent enough at the reelection of Bush that they're (at least seriously considering) following through on their promise to move to Canada.

"I'm originally from a poor, lead-mining town in Missouri, and I know a lot of the people there don't understand why I'm doing this," she said. "Even my family is pretty disappointed. And the fact is, it makes me pretty sad, too. But I just can't bear to pay taxes in the United States right now." - Melanie Redman, Seattle

"It's a wrenching decision to think about leaving. But America is turning into a country very different from the one I grew up believing in." - Christopher Key, Bellingham Washington

You have to admire their stick-to-itiveness and willingness to, as Jason Mogus of Vancouver, B.C. says, "live their political values." These aren't just a bunch of Alec Baldwins who blithely throw out the threat to move overseas (as if this would prompt anyone to vote Democrat - 'Oh, no! We have to elect a Democrat or...or...we could lose Alec Baldwin!') during a campaign, and then conveniently forget their promise despite losing the election. No, these are the truly committed, who, like Ms. Redman, above, "just can't bear to pay taxes in the United States right now."

This kind of dedication to one's politics, though, should not only be admired, but encouraged. A fund (private, of course) should be established to buy all of the Volvos, Subarus and Saturns these people will be selling, along with enough cleaning fluid to remove all of the Gore/Leiberman, Kerry/Edwards and 'Re-defeat Bush!' bumper stickers (they can leave the little rainbows, but I'd take the pink triangles and 'If you want peace, work for justice' stickers off, too).

Then there are the homes and apartments these people will be vacating. The fund could purchase these, as well, perhaps donating them to new (legal) immigrants who move to the U.S. every day, looking for the freedom and opportunity they can't get in their home countries. The net increase in both IQ and personal motivation (not to mention the decrease in whining) will be enormous and a huge net benefit for America.

I'm willing to start the fund with $100. If you're interested, you can donate via my Paypal account and I'll ensure that the funds are put to good use helping our unhappy fellow (soon to be former) Americans move north.


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