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I'm sad to realize I'm doing just that:
Fri Sep 7, 2018 12:47pm

That is, realizing I'm finding it increasingly difficult to be proud of this country. Or, more accurately, I find that the aspects I'm proud of are largely found in the country's history, and not its current state or its likely future. I feel like I'm coming to the inescapable conclusion that the country is in an irreversible decline.

This is heartbreaking for me. Both sides of my family have always been patriots (on one side, from the very beginning: my last name is on the Mayflower Compact). But the realities can't be denied...

Note please, that this isn't a knee-jerk reaction to the current administration, for all that I don't support it. Trump is more of a symptom than a cause, in my estimation. The decline I observe began long, long before the rise of Trump.

So I've set things in motion to emigrate. It's going to be a long process: my finances are complex, and I want a long-term visa situation in place from the get-go, which is not a simple matter. And I have a language to learn, a somewhat challenging one (日本語). But I think it's something I need to do...and sooner rather than later. I'm not a kid any more.

It's a bittersweet thing, really...

  • Democrats that don't have a high opinion of their nation...your opinion of Kirk does not surprise me in the least. You really should move to a place in which you can possibly develop a love for the... more
    • the overall history of our country is worthy of pride... ~ KDM on the left coast, Sat Sep 8 12:55pm
      ...anyone incapable of acknowledging that is either ignorant or stupid. And that is in spite of its' shortcomings & failures in almost 250 years. Not long ago I was conversing on social media with a... more
    • I'm sad to realize I'm doing just that: ~ Poppet, Fri Sep 7 12:47pm
      • I wish you would get on with it. ~ G🤔🙄G, Fri Sep 7 6:56pm
        Nothing worse than someone promising to move away but the linger and linger like a slow Chinese water torture...drip drip drip. As for the history to which you refer, that is the stuff of lolly pops... more
        • Wish in one hand... ~ Poppet, Sat Sep 8 11:20am
          ...and crap in the other, loon. See which one gets full first. Oh, and should you ever be inclined to return to the blue board, don't bother. Your posts will be deleted on sight.
          • Blew Board? My attempts to dump on HH ~ G😏G, Sat Sep 8 1:32pm
            will not go through. I told you I am banned. It's surprising you do not know that. Frankly that board achieved the worst internet experience for me, going back to 1991. It's all because y'all coddle... more
            • You have no idea, fool. ~ Poppet, Sat Sep 8 3:24pm
              I know quite a bit more about what goes on over there than you do...and you still have no idea why. Priceless. HH is, I agree, every bit as much of a blight over there as you are were. Working on... more
              • It seems like the place is top heavy ~ G😚😏😝G, Sun Sep 9 9:33am
                with Admins. I was one of a few with no "power." Otherwise I would have canned me and HH a long time ago. Wait!.....I did can myself😀.
      • Looking towards Japan huh? I really enjoyed my year there. I enjoyed the people, the culture, the history, and even the geography. I'd love to go back for a visit. I'm inclined to believe they've not ... more
        • Yep, that's my target. ~ Poppet, Sat Sep 8 11:22am
          I find, after a fair bit of travelling, that there's no place Id rather live these days than Tokyo. I love Portland, but honestly, there's no comparison. Once I get established there (it's going to... more
      • Please take a moment to itemize ... ~ Mondo Fuego™ , Fri Sep 7 1:00pm
        … the factors leading to the decline of our nation. I think it would be helpful. Perhaps we should all do this to see if we have a consensus on certain factors.
        • I'll start a new thread for it. ~ Poppet, Sat Sep 8 11:18am
          Seems like it might make for a good conversation...
        • The consensus is whether to go down ~ G😝😏🙃G, Fri Sep 7 7:01pm
          with the ship, or offshore ourselves along with Ploppet. But she procrastinates. By the time she unravels her complex finances the last grain of silica will have dropped. But I confess a certain... more
    • It simply means that being "proud" to be American is a silly concept. Pride comes from accomplishment, not random chance. I am fortunate that I was born here instead of Syria or Mexico or many other... more
      • That way you would be off doing charity work and not bugging us. Within the paradigm of "civilized" accomplishments you are obviously a moron. No nation and people have accomplished what the US has... more
      • Have at it ... ~ Mondo Fuego™ , Fri Sep 7 12:22pm
        … move to Canada or France. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out.
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