Did you see this at http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TOCO8TE... ?That's America, baby! Love it or leave it.
"The conservative Christians on my wife's side told us at that time to "Love it or leave it," and then became miffed when we chose [b]." I think that what such people really mean is "Like it or lump it."
Incidentally, you shouldn't be so casual about that invitation. Your government strongly disagrees. So does the Canadian government, which requires its citizens living abroad to return to Canada about half the year to continue receiving what they call "pension" - our Social Security. America deals with the hemorrhaging by issuing inappropriate travel advisories.
What is it that both governments are trying to resist? Those who leave are the ones who can afford to. We (Americans) pull our money out of American banks where it is no longer available to earn income for American bankers or to be loaned to American families and businesses. We put our savings in foreign banks, and pay taxes on our interest income to foreign governments. We shop in foreign markets and malls where we support foreign entrepreneurs and pay sales taxes to foreign governments. We support foreign real estate markets, and we volunteer our time and expertise to activities that don't benefit America.
Soon, Medicare will be paying foreign doctors and hospitals for our health care expenses because refusing to do so creates an incentive for expatriates to return home for health care, then leave. The American government is slowly coming to understand that it is cheaper for it to pay our Mexican (in our case) bills than to pay American physicians and hospitals, who charge 5-20 times more.
Before we left, I owned an American home, and leased office space from an American landlord. I hired Americans to work my practice. We ate in American restaurants, hired American repairmen, and I treated the illnesses of Americans. My old home is occupied, but a home somewhere sits empty that the couple that bought our house would have bought instead. Our office is rented again, but by people who would have rented an office that remains empty. Our staff have new jobs, but jobs that could have been filled by people that remain unemployed. I think you get the picture.
And there are an estimated 3-6 million Americans living abroad. A million of us are retired in Mexico. You may say good riddance because it doesn't affect you directly, but I assure you that many other Americans are affected.
How about making America more loveable than "leaveable"? Your government would appreciate it.