We can imagine an equilibrium in the balance of competing attracting and repelling forces that hold us or push us. Initially, we are all pretty firmly bound to our motherlands.<quoted text>, you not only one as Even the some of American affluent class is leaving US and renouncing their US citizenship. ANd many immigrant Professional like China, india ... are leaving America in masses.
Why you left?
But a series of incidents led to a weakening of that bond, and with the superposition of new repelling forces, I eventually left.
The initial bond was already a little damaged. I was an atheist all through childhood, and felt a little put off by the national motto "In God We Trust." I refused to say the Pledge Of Allegiance in school. I think that those things had an unintended adverse psychological effect on me as an unbeliever.
Later, as a physician, I felt repeatedly betrayed by my government, beginning in the late eighties with the advent of the HMO. Then came a series of other issues that I summarized elsewhere [ http://www.topix.com/forum/religion/atheism/T... ] which ultimately left me feeling very much like a target of my government. This professional part not only widened the gap between America and me, but it gave me incentive to retire young, which meant aggressively saving.
As a liberal American, I also felt repeatedly betrayed by the government. It began with Reagan getting a walk form Iran Contra, then with the abuse of Clinton culminating in the impeachment. When Nancy Pelosi became Speaker in 2006 and announced that impeachment of Bush was off the table, and then the Democratic Congress that had been ushered in that year on a mandate to end the Iraqi war approved every nickel of Bush's war budget, I just assumed that democracy was dying, and that I was no longer represented.
You can lose trust for your government without losing your attachment to your country, but not if you find half the country is just as alien as the government. The rise of hate radio and the incredible ugliness of the Christians and the conservatives left me feeling like I didn't care about approximately 50% of the people that I had once considered fellow Americans.
The low point was the way that the Iraq war dissenters were treated by the culture at large. The right called us cowards, appeasers, terrorist lovers, America haters, aiders and abettors, liberal parasites, a disease, Communists - anything but fellow American. It got pretty depressing, and I think that my last attachments to America were severed when almost nobody disagreed with them.
Remember, liberal dissenters were cordoned off into Orwellian "free speech zones," profiled, harassed, brutalized and beaten for expressing dissent. That was apparently OK with America, which was extremely divisive and disheartening to me. I didn't really want to live with those people any more. Nor did I want to contribute taxes.
All of that was cutting the cord.
Add several threats looming large: failure of the banks, runaway inflation, collapse of the dollar, governemntal insolvency, runaway national debt, and even talk of civil war and martial law. Retirement accounts disappearing, the stock market was unstable, there were bailouts galore, and unemployment and recession.
Plus there was an erosion of rights and privacy, and by 2009, it was time to close the office, and take the wife, the dogs, and our savings somewhere far away.
Circumstances forced life changes on us that we would never have found without help. We landed on our feet in an idyllic existence that we had never envisioned. If I were a Christian, I would say that the Lord blessed us - that he did all of this for us. All of those problems were resolved. We feel safe, welcome and connected again.
Hope that gives you a sense of it.