Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Cleaning House

A little over a year ago, I stood looking through this portal in Portsmouth, trying to imagine what was going through the minds of those who would have been in the very same spot on the 5th of August 1620. They were the passengers and crew of the Mayflower, about to embark on a perilous journey across unfathomable tracts of ocean to start a new life because the repercussions of expressing their particular beliefs in England had become intolerable. That bluff was probably the last of England that they saw when they set sail.

I wondered at the kind of people who would do something so drastic for their convictions and wondered at the kinds of ideas that they had planted when forming their new society. Ideas about about hard work, taking risks and taking a stand against tyrrany rather than being broken by it.

Well, we all know what happened to the country that they colonized - it went on to become the most powerful nation on earth. For a long time the only bastion of freedom and a sanctuary for the best and brightest of Europe when life here became intolerable in other ways.

Today, it seems that America is undergoing a little house cleaning as those who lost an election by forgetting the tenets on which their nation was built are murmuring about leaving for England, Europe and the very French-influenced Canada.

I welcome the news - not because I really cherish the thought of more of their like over here, but because this country is a cesspit of left-leaning thinking already and they would blend right in.

Most of the talented and hardworking people I know are either here for a temporary stay or already have their eyes on America or Australia as an escape from the gradual devolution of this society into socialism. Some plan to stay in the belief that things will one day be better - I sincerely hope they're right but personally doubt it very much. If those with classical liberal leanings continue to leave and those with collectivist views begin to pour in, the very nature of a democracy will dictate the government being one that favours left-wing policy.

If that does happen, if this country continues to crumble, then I'll be glad that it's around the ears of those who most ardently advocate the ideas leading to that demise.

So perhaps all those who despise being American should choose a day on which to launch the mass exodus for other shores so that we can mark it as the day that America Cleaned House. Good riddance.


(Cross posted to A Western Heart)

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