posted on Sep, 21 2009 @ 11:31 PM
I left the US over 8 years ago just before 9/11. At the time I was not ashamed of my American heritage and figured I would always consider myself
American. I wouldn't go so far as to say I was a loud n' proud American, but let's just say I had no problem telling people where I was from.
Soon after I left the world changed, and I had the opportunity to view our reaction to 9/11 with an outsider's point of view. I was appalled, and I
continue to be horrified at the way things have developed since. The whole situation seems to have been deliberately set up to 'relieve' the
American people of their freedoms, to gain more control over the population, and to ensure that they accept it all out of fear and the need for
protection all while feeding the greed of their oppressors.
Since leaving the US I have seen many of these changes to personal freedoms, as I'm sure many of you have. I was placed on the FBI watch list for
over 2 years simply for having relocated before 9/11 and then marrying a girl of Middle Eastern ethnicity. In our many travels I've had to stand
aside while she's been subjected to random bag searches and personal frisking on many occassions - each time it was obvious it was because of her
racial background. On one flight from Houston to Nashville she was the only one frisked out of nearly 80 passengers. Ridiculous and shameful.
Growing up I recited the pledge of allegiance numerous times and thought not alot of it, I just considered it was the right thing to do given the
whole class was doing it. But now I shudder at the thought of pledging allegiance to the country of my birth. I have great disdain for what the US has
become and what it now stands for. I love the people of the country (as many of my family and friends still reside there), but I owe those in power
nothing for the 'services' they provide. In fact they owe the people of the nation much more than they could ever possibly pay.
I don't like what the nation has become. I don't like where it's headed, and I feel a great sadness for those that have yet to wake up and see the
governing fist that has been progressively tightening around them. I personally pledge no allegiance to America and have only retained my citizenship
to ensure my children have freedom of travel if and when they decide to visit the US. We'll see how those freedoms hold up over the next few years.
So in summary, I loved it, I left it, I'm happy with my decision, and I wouldn't have it any other way.