Why I am Leaving the U.S.*
By Jay Fonseca
This will be the fourth consecutive emigration of the last three generations of my immediate family. My grandparents emigrated from Portugal to Mozambique during the 1940s and 50s in search of a better life. The massive and undeveloped colony seemed like the land of milk and honey for those willing to get their hands dirty. A few decades later my parents-to-be immigrated to South Africa as Mozambique headed towards what would become a 10-year war for independence. Then when I was just 4 years old they decided that a fascist state fully enveloped with the evils of apartheid was no place to raise a child. My mother was fortunate enough to get a work visa into the United States and that’s where we’ve been ever since.
Now the time has come for me to follow in my family’s footsteps. Maybe it’s in our blood to not only yearn for change but to have the fortitude to go out into the unknown in search of it. But this time something is different. I’m leaving the United States of America, the shining city on the hill; a land where millions of people try to enter each year, often at great risk.
Upon learning of my wife and my decision to leave our friends, family, great jobs, and fantastic home, everyone immediately asks us: Why? It’s such a painfully awkward question to answer.
How could the answer be anything but obvious?
That said, we learned our lesson early and have stopped telling people the truth behind our exodus. Instead we’ve been answering with generic statements like
“Oh, just for a change of pace” or “We’ve always wanted to experience another culture.”
I’m tired of holding my tongue. It’s not healthy to keep so much bottled up inside and it’s even more painful to watch those closest to me living a most ignorant and animal-like existence. So here are our real, unfiltered, and honest reasons for fleeing the land of the free.
- I own my body and the initiation of force is always immoral. I don’t want to live in a society that has accepted violence as the answer to every question.
- Privacy is dead. If the NSA wants my phone and email communications then I’m going to make them jump through some geopolitical hoops. Where I’m going you can buy a cellphone at any gas station anonymously and without a contract.
5. Travel in America.
c. The Top US Checkpoint Refusals of 2012 :
6. I’m scared of the police and would never call them for fear of my own family’s safety.
f. Cop Tasers Man For Fun :
7. I love my dog.
9. The US doesn’t negotiate with terrorists; it simply ruins every aspect of daily life in order to deal with them. I’m moving to a peaceful country that has never attacked another nation and doesn’t have to worry about revenge for collateral damage.
10. Free Market Capitalism is a necessary condition for freedom.
12. False Flags, Lies, or Extreme Ineptitude as a justification for war and the confiscation of liberty.
13. The Federal Reserve is the most evil institution on the planet.
14. A major financial crisis is on the horizon.
a. There Will Be No Economic Recovery. Prepare Yourself Accordingly:
16. The incestuous relationship between “too big to fail” corporations and the state.
17. American citizens are being assassinated by the president without any judicial review.
19. The dollars has lost 95% of its value in the last 100 years. I’m not waiting around for the other 5% to run its course.
20. The judicial system is a farce.
21. The suspension of Habeus Corpus.
22. Americans worship villains like gods.
23. The military industrial complex and the incessant beating of the war drums.
25. The Police State.
a. The Militarization Of The Police:
26. The overwhelming idiocy of everyone around me.
27. “Support the Troops”
28. The Main Stream Media is pure propaganda.
30. There are more Americans in jail than there were in Stalin’s Gulag Archipelago
32. The Keynesian economists in charge have no idea what they are doing and those with a track record of correctly predicting economic events continue to be ignored.
33. I received a fraudulent education in government schools and am now being forced to overpay for other innocent children to receive the same indoctrination.
35. The War on Guns.
36. The War on Drugs
38. Democracy is no longer a four letter word.
39. The Epidemic Of Envy.
43. The Walls Are Closing In.
44. Political Correctness and the Racism Card.
45. The Welfare State and the Vice of Charity.
c. The Inhumanity Of Welfare :
46. Items 1-45 are horrible. Being forced to pay for them is unbearable.
After reading this list, many people will retort: “But no country is perfect!” I agree. Not only is there no such thing as a perfect country, there is not even such a thing as a free country. Unfortunately, the whole world has been poisoned by the disease of collectivism where people believe their rights are derived from the groups they belong to rather than their individual humanity.
However, few countries are as un-free as the United States. While I may never be able to escape this entire list I’ve managed to find a place where most of these grievances do not exist and where many of the rest have been significantly marginalized. Perhaps even more importantly, I’ve found a place that suits me and makes me happy. And if that ever changes then it will be time to continue on with the family tradition.
To those who dismiss me as a coward and believe that I should stay and fight: I have no quarrel with you. The decision to put your life and your family’s wellbeing in danger is one that each person must make for themselves. I don’t think this machine can be stopped by bullets or by ballot boxes nor by petitions or protests. I wish you well and will support you from abroad but I don’t believe in participating in a fight that can be avoided.
Like love, true freedom is a goal worth a lifetime of pursuit and sacrifice even if only to experience it for a mere moment. We are long past the point of inconveniences and small erosions of liberty. Today, the choice is between slavery and freedom. I’m leaving.