I Want to Leave America
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Quebert

Bowling Green, KY

#251 Nov 5, 2011
Over the last 30 years, I've seen and experienced a lot of America. When I was a young man, I joined the service (was a JROTC cadet and military history major in high school), went overseas and found things quite different from what we'd be taught. I worked for both our government and our allies, and we did some things that would probably be illegal sometimes. Coming home, I left everything behind, forged a set of identity papers, and lived on the streets across the southwest for almost a year. I've also hitchhiked across the United States on HWY 40 from out west to Virginia in December.

I've been to all fifty states at least twice; I've lived in several parts of the country. I've worked a variety of jobs, from fieldworker alongside Mexican and Salvadoran fieldhands to faculty at schools and universities in excess of 20K students. I've been in the civil service and the private sectors; I've been a manager and the lowest worker on the line; I've been a private contractor, a security specialist, a rental property agent, I've handled money in the tens of thousands of dollars for my employers for years at a time. I've been a civil rights activist, protected kids and battered women, fought a federal civil rights case successfully (declaratory judgement in my favor), and been a successful martial arts instructor. I've written and staged plays, and published columns, articles and books.

I've been chased, assaulted, threatened, firebombed, shot at repeatedly, gang attacked, tortured, jacked-up by corrupt authorities, abused, injured, and bankrupted. Yet I never quit fighting for folks I see abused by others. I've intervened and prevented a rape on King Street in Honolulu, stopped an armed robbery at a Dairy Mart in Loveland, Ohio, helped an insane, homeless man get emergency medical care in Kapalama, chased off a pair of bank robbers who were later captured in central Kentucky-yet you've never heard of me.

I've worked with the native people's movement in Hawaii, Hispanic workers in Appalachia, and Poor Whites in Georgia--fought two colleges over abuses and corruption, been chased halfway across northern Alabama by three vanloads of "special" local cops who wanted to murder me in a high-speed chase, stared down a SWAT team in Orlando, Florida for taking three children to a safe house to prevent their continued abuse, infiltrated the Children of God Cult and collected information on their activities for a couple years for law enforcement, worked a suicide hotline, worked as a suicide interventionist, worked as a mental-health counselor, got a British national who was being held hostage in her American boyfriend's home freed by the police, and cleaned up an entire block where I an several dozen other folks were living in a major U.S. city one street over from the housing projects. I've also worked cleaning up after violent and unattended deaths, and given as much as I could to anyone I found who needed it.

And more I won't even mention here.

So perhaps, I have earned the right to say this...

I want to leave America, this nation disgusts me.
Ash

Syracuse, NY

#252 Apr 12, 2012
The downfall isn't really about money. Its about our society in a whole. People are aweful the way they think. Then you see their actions after they come up with a idea and those actions are complete shit. NY cities are filled with homeless people that smell like piss and swatt at monesters that aren't there. People that obviously need help are left to die on the streets. Americans see homelessness as the persons own fault. Children do not choose to grow up in an unstable home. So the answer to an unstable child is...throw them in jail. But then americans complain about the cost of keeping people in jail. Americans are their own downfall. Selfish little shits born with wealth. To anyone born with two parents and a loving home really try walking in someone else shoes instead of pretending you tried to see.
Me too

Fenton, MO

#253 Apr 12, 2012
Me too
Brenda Starr

Queens Village, NY

#254 Apr 12, 2012
John wrote:
I toughed it out this past decade but each and every day is another disappointment. This country no longer resembles the place I was born, a place of opportunity and good fortune. It resembles a foreign third world country with each day, I want to leave America because it is no longer a great country. I went overseas for a year and respect for our country has nosedived, when I talk to people from other countries, many of them said they would not want to live in the USA, its a big change from nearly 10 years ago when everyone was jumping over themselves to come here. Somehow living in America is no longer coveted these days and it makes me want to leave.
I am starting to think that the people in congress felt this way a long time ago. We never protested welfare, and now we have the result. A big mess.

Now we have crazy people of different kinds expecting money for doing nothing from this country. And they get it, so who's the crazy one?

It seems we the citizens are looked at like we are atm machines and not human. Don't laugh, I believe witchcraft has a lot to do with this mess. How is the average person going to fight that? Most are clueless. I keep praying to God for a way out of this mess. Believe it or not, I see Him working in many ways.

But truthfully, I am fed up with people taking tantrums to get what they want from this country, and I believe God will take care of it.
Bill

Miamisburg, OH

#255 Apr 12, 2012
Cheryl wrote:
SO LEAVE...one less idiot in the country
Yes, but you should answer the person who asked before you tell us all about your shortcommings..
Joey

UK

#256 Apr 12, 2012
Ash wrote:
The downfall isn't really about money. Its about our society in a whole. People are aweful the way they think. Then you see their actions after they come up with a idea and those actions are complete shit. NY cities are filled with homeless people that smell like piss and swatt at monesters that aren't there. People that obviously need help are left to die on the streets. Americans see homelessness as the persons own fault. Children do not choose to grow up in an unstable home. So the answer to an unstable child is...throw them in jail. But then americans complain about the cost of keeping people in jail. Americans are their own downfall. Selfish little shits born with wealth. To anyone born with two parents and a loving home really try walking in someone else shoes instead of pretending you tried to see.
I got a question, what country can we go to? I think the world as a whole is plain screwed. Just my opinion. Does not seem like there is anywhere to run to these days. In the old days, everyone came to America. Now where?
dunno

United States

#257 Apr 14, 2012
Nowhere to run really. Here is to landing a job on a cruise ship and floating around most of the time. You still got to deal with ass hats but every time they will be NEW ass hats.
RepublicanSavvy

Garrison, TX

#259 Jul 1, 2012
Luv the Obama wrote:
<quoted text>
You can thank Bush and the Republicans for the bankruptcy.
Obama is just trying to stop the bleeding.
It was a democrat who set up the welfare program and others like it which led to our bankruptcy
Tanner Conticelli

United States

#260 Aug 6, 2012
sceptical wrote:
Most of the better places, and there are now dozens, won't take you.
3.5 million?
anna

Watertown, WI

#261 Sep 19, 2012
Cheryl; when you pull your head out of your ass with an earth shattering pop-please give the thinking population a warning...
anna

Watertown, WI

#262 Sep 19, 2012
Cheryl wrote:
SO LEAVE...one less idiot in the country
Cheryl; when [if] you ever manage to pull your head out of your ass with an earth shattering pop-please give the thinking population a warning...
anna

Watertown, WI

#263 Sep 19, 2012
Called a police state kids...its the plan-and people like some of the one-dimensional non-thinkers [ahemm...cheryl?] only serve to keep it alive...
nastynick

United States

#264 Nov 1, 2012
Daddys Squirrel Stew wrote:
~ 3 squirrels, quartered
~ Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning
~ 2 strips bacon, cut up
~ 1/2 stick butter
~ 1 onion, chopped
~ 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
~ 2 bell peppers, chopped
~ 2 stalks celery, chopped
~ 3 potatoes, cubed
~ 5 cups water
~ 1/4 cup burgundy wine
Rub the creole seasoning liberally over the squirrels.
In a dutch oven, melt the butter. Add the bacon.
Add the squirrel to the dutch oven and brown evenly. Remove.
To the dutch oven, add the onion, garlic, peppers and celery. Saute until the veggies are soft.
Add the meat back to the pot along with the water and potatoes. Stir together.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally.
Remove the squirrel pieces. Cool and debone.
Return meat to the pot. Stir in the wine. Heat to boiling again then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
Serve over biscuits or toast.
Enjoy.
Hella gave me the splatters
KILL MYSELF

Slidell, LA

#266 Nov 1, 2012
I AM GONNA KILL MYSELF OR I'M GONNA DIE TRYIN!

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malibog harry

Philippines

#268 Dec 13, 2012
most of you americans have too much boaggage or not enough money to go anyplace dont worry fema will take care of you and your family all of the others get the hell out of of that country now or else fema camps will take you also young people leave to go anywhere where is your youthfull free spirit good luck to all
Terri

Lithuania

#269 May 16, 2013
I've been living outside of the US for the last 10 years. Whenever I go back for visits, it is absolutely depressing for me. I try to talk to people about world issues, and many don't even know where the countries are that I'm talking about. Their worlds are SO small, they are so ignorant, even the ones who have a university degree. Not all of course, but the majority. Don't speak other languages, are overweight, care only about spending money, rather rude...anyway, I can completely understand why people want to leave. I don't want to return, not to live anyway.

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