posted on Nov, 5 2004 @ 09:01 PM
My partner & I lived in a small, christian, conservative town. A same sex couple had recently been murdered, and job had been lost for reasons as
stupid as not going to the same church. We thought about moving back to the big liberal city we originally came from, but the day I sold my house
there, I could never afford to buy a another one. We were disgusted with the hypocracy of the god-fearing folk who never hesitated to let everyone
know how they felt about lefty, liberal, feminists (No way could we even hint about our relationship, but I'm sure people guessed). There was no work
in town, the few scarce jobs went to men, because they needed to feed their families. People thought it was funny when I mentioned needing to feed my
family too. Oh yeah, being an unemployed american, I had no health care, couldn't pay cash for medical services, and the state health system was full
for the year, even if I paid their highest rate.
Lets see....add to all that surveys showing that 40% american men think a man should be head of the household, compared to 18% of Canadian men,
possible legalization of pot (showing common sense and compassion for people with aids & cancer), and biggest of all, a "constitution" that says all
*people* are equal under the law (america denies equality to women, and only recently counted black men as people).
In the months since applying (which cost almost a grand up front and required documenting our entire lives since age 18) we've learned that Canada is
rather cozy with america in some unsettling ways. The job market is really tight and Canadians look on immigrants as job-stealers, though not as bad
as americans do to immigrants here.
We knew the application process could take over a year, but wanted to hedge our bets against another stolen election. Living under a religious regime
is ugly for non-conforming women. I'm glad now we got a headstart on the process. We've moved to a nicer place not far from our original home, and
if the Handmaid's Tale doesn't look likely to come true, we like enough to stay and make our home here. But when Canada tells us it's time for the
next immigration step (medical and FBI check) then we evaluate the political climate and whether or not the witch burnings are imminent
Yes I voted. And I'll keep voting as long as I can. But I can vote with my feet and my wallet, and I don't think it's right to support a
dictatorship, no matter how nicely it's supersized.
And BTW, the day before the elections I went to the Canadian immigration site to check on my application. there was a notice saying the site would be
down for "maintenance" from 8am to 12 on Nov 3rd. Seems they knew americans would be freaking out if Bush get "elected" again.