Consecutive Days Without Killing: 19 (adamgreenwood) wrote in defectors,
Consecutive Days Without Killing: 19

Hi, Americans

I have to say that I admire the fact that you recognize what is wrong with America instead of turning a blind eye to what is going wrong.

However, I don't think you should, although we would certainly like you here, and I understand your frustration.

Whether you choose to accept it or not, you have to realize that the US is by far the most powerful and influential nation in the world. As such, it is going to have a huge beneficial or detrimental impact.

As a Canadian, it frustrates me that I can have very little impact on the outcome of the US electoral process, which ultimately effects the world. I can't vote, I can't go to rallies, donate money etc. All I can do is rant on internet forums.

But as Americans, you have much more power than I do. Suffer through it. There are few that think less of you simply because you are American, and the world knows that the Americans with the courage to travel to Canada and Europe are not the xenophobic, ignorant, egocentric Americans that are the cause of America's downslide.

Resentment is growing, America's dirty secrets are being revealed slowly but surely thanks to the Internet and de-classified documents. For the most part, Americans are no different than citizens of any other country - and they have an inherent sense of justice. They just need to see what is going on behind the scenes. You can make this happen. Good Luck.

Feel free to add me to your friends list, I have anti-US rants all the time which I usually start with a disclaimer about how this does not pertain to all Americans.
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The thing about most Americans is that they do in fact realize that the US is by far the most powerful and influential nation in the world to the point of pride and arrogance. I hate to make broad generalizations, but that seems to be the case with most of the Yanks I've met during my short time on this planet. The problem isn't that they are unaware, it's that most have become complacent to the point of apathy.

I completely empathize with what you're feeling. I've been listening to the Democratic National Convention for the last couple of days and feel an overwhelming sense of frustration that I can't be part of the process. A small part of me believes that since America's influence can be felt far beyond it's own borders, and that their foreign and domestic policies impact people abroad as much as they impact their own people in a lot of cases, the democratic process should extend accordingly and that all people, not just Americans, should have a say in who becomes the next President. It's a ridiculous notion, but in my perfect world, it would make things a lot easier and me a lot happier.

While I'd like to think that I'm somewhat conscious of what goes on in my own country when it comes to local and national politics, there's something to be said for the fanfare and energy of the DNC south of the border. Canadian politics has never fueled such passion. For us, a federal election comes and goes, and long after the final vote, we bitch about the way things are and do very little to change things. In that way, we're a lot like the Americans. Unfortunately, we don't have enough interest and spirit to put together a lavish and expensive party like the DNC.

I'll be sure to add you to my friends list as long as you promise to keep the rants coming. I don't have an intensified hatred for the United States in general, but I can't say I'm a fan of the current administration.
A Canadian 'friend' sent me here because I mused about moving to Canada. I don't really want to live in Canada. I've been there and it's a nice place, but I am an American. I would rather flee to Europe, though that may be more difficult.

America is turning to shit. I write extensively on this in nationalistnews and my own LJ. Our government constantly looks to increasing security while ignoring that we were attacked because we fund the apartheid state of Israel and exploit Arabia.

I feel that I cannot run, that I must stay here in my country and fight. While voting for Kerry will place a band aid on the wounds, it will not stop the real problems that have lead to the current situation. In November, I will be voting for the Bush that I hate. I feel that it has to get worse before it gets better. I think we need to see America turned into a police state, for people to die, for our liberties to be taken before American can be reborn as the great nation that it once was.
//I have anti-US rants all the time which I usually start with a disclaimer about how this does not pertain to all Americans.//

Ah, usually when I rag on America, it is aimed at the American government and its policies. Why is there such a difference between the values of the average American, at least the Americans I know through internet and media, to the values of the government?

I agree with you though. If all the smart sensible Americans move to Canada, whos gonna stop th trigger-happy stupid ones from trying to invade us again? Somehow I doubt Canada as it is now will emerge as victorious as it did in 1812, for one thing, Britain won't be on our side this time.

Under certain circumstances, I understand and would greatly welcome them here. When I have time I will make a post to gay_gain Perhaps if you have a same-sex partner overseas or if you are well over 40 and can't wait for laws to be less homophobic. Otherwise, if you are young and vigor, why not try and fight first? If you have children and are concerned for their welfare, you can stay in America and send them up north with friends and/or relatives as visa students, I'm not sure who will have to be listed as the legal guardian though.

Oh, if you speak French and has children, consider Quebec, they are family friendly, in a good sense of the word, as in they have good daycare and is not homophobic. Gay couples can get marry in Quebec now. Separists are annoying, but FLQ attacks have been gone for decades.