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Why I'm Leavingby Jay Fonseca
The Dollar Vigilante
This will be the fourth consecutive emigration of the last three generations of my immediate family. My grandparents emigrated from Portugal to Mozambique during the 1940s and 50s in search of a better life. The massive and undeveloped colony seemed like the land of milk and honey for those willing to get their hands dirty. A few decades later my parents-to-be immigrated to South Africa as Mozambique headed towards what would become a 10-year war for independence. Then when I was just 4 years old they decided that a fascist state fully enveloped with the evils of apartheid was no place to raise a child. My mother was fortunate enough to get a work visa into the United States and that’s where we’ve been ever since.
Now the time has come for me to follow in my family’s footsteps. Maybe it’s in our blood to not only yearn for change but to have the fortitude to go out into the unknown in search of it. But this time something is different. I’m leaving the United States of America, the shining city on the hill; a land where millions of people try to enter each year, often at great risk.
Upon learning of my wife and my decision to leave our friends, family, great jobs, and fantastic home, everyone immediately asks us: Why? It’s such a painfully awkward question to answer. How could the answer be anything but obvious? That said, we learned our lesson early and have stopped telling people the truth behind our exodus. Instead we’ve been answering with generic statements like “Oh, just for a change of pace” or “We’ve always wanted to experience another culture.”
I’m tired of holding my tongue. It’s not healthy to keep so much bottled up inside and it’s even more painful to watch those closest to me living a most ignorant and animal-like existence. So here are our real, unfiltered, and honest reasons for fleeing the land of the free.
1. I own my body and the initiation of force is always immoral. I don’t want to live in a society that has accepted violence as the answer to every question.
2. Privacy is dead. If the NSA wants my phone and email communications then I’m going to make them jump through some geopolitical hoops. Where I’m going you can buy a cellphone at any gas station anonymously and without a contract.
The Patriot Act.
4. I’m tired of having the fruit of my labor stolen from me each year.
a. NYPD Breaks Into Home Without Warrant And Kills Unarmed 18-Year-Old7. I love my dog.
a. Is A Dog Really Killed By Police Every 98 Minutes?8. You Don’t Own Your Home and Never Will .
9. The US doesn’t negotiate with terrorists; it simply ruins every aspect of daily life in order to deal with them. I’m moving to a peaceful country that has never attacked another nation and doesn’t have to worry about revenge for collateral damage.
a. I, Pencil11. Everything is Illegal.
12. False Flags, Lies, or Extreme Ineptitude as a justification for war and the confiscation of liberty.
a. Indisputable Photo Evidence That the Boston Marathon Bombing Was Staged13. The Federal Reserve is the most evil institution on the planet.
a. Zeitgeist - The Men Behind The Curtain14. A major financial crisis is on the horizon.
a. There Will Be No Economic Recovery. Prepare Yourself Accordingly.15. Fluoride in the water supply.
16. The incestuous relationship between “too big to fail” corporations and the state.
a. What If A Drone Killed YOUR Grandson?18. Conscription has no place in a free society.
19. The dollars has lost 95% of its value in the last 100 years. I’m not waiting around for the other 5% to run its course.
a. Eisenhower's Warning24. Obamacare.
25. The Police State.
a. America Is A Stupid Country...And Now There's Proof27. “Support The Troops”
a. How The Media Manipulates The Public29. I can't even watch a football game anymore without having statism shoved down my throat.
30. There are more Americans in jail than there were in Stalin's Gulag Archipelago
a. More than half of America's 6 million prisoners are in jail for drug convictions, 80% of those for "possession."31. Truth Is Treason In The Empire Of Lies.
32. The Keynesian economists in charge have no idea what they are doing and those with a track record of correctly predicting economic events continue to be ignored.
a. Ben Bernanke: There's No Housing Bubble to Go Bust33. I received a fraudulent education in government schools and am now being forced to overpay for other innocent children to receive the same indoctrination.
a. Stupid In America34. Start A Business In The United States? Are You Kidding Me?
35. The War on Guns.
a. Gun control isn’t about guns, it’s about control.36. The War on Drugs
a. Why Drugs Should Be Legalized37. $211,000,000,000,000 National Debt.
38. Democracy is no longer a four letter word.
a. Self-Entitled Monsters
b. College Students Think They Are More Special Than Ever
c. I didn't realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally!40. I’m only allo wed to sav e $ 5,0 00 a year fo r my re tire ment .
41. I wish Social Security was a Ponzi Scheme.
42. You can go to war bu t yo u can’t drink a beer…or smo ke a cigaret te .
43. The Walls Are Closing In.
a. Foreign Bank Accounts - Americans Not Welcome44. Political Correctness and the Racism Card.
a. The State Against Blacks46. Items 1-45 are horrible. Being forced to pay for them is unbearable.
After reading this list, many people will retort: “But no country is perfect!” I agree. Not only is there no such thing as a perfect country, there is not even such a thing as a free country. Unfortunately, the whole world has been poisoned by the disease of collectivism where people believe their rights are derived from the groups they belong to rather than their individual humanity.
However, few countries are as un-free as the United States. While I may never be able to escape this entire list I’ve managed to find a place where most of these grievances do not exist and where many of the rest have been significantly marginalized. Perhaps even more importantly, I’ve found a place that suits me and makes me happy. And if that ever changes then it will be time to continue on with the family tradition.
To those who dismiss me as a coward and believe that I should stay and fight: I have no quarrel with you. The decision to put your life and your family’s wellbeing in danger is one that each person must make for themselves. I don’t think this machine can be stopped by bullets or by ballot boxes nor by petitions or protests. I wish you well and will support you from abroad but I don’t believe in participating in a fight that can be avoided.
Like love, true freedom is a goal worth a lifetime of pursuit and sacrifice even if only to experience it for a mere moment. We are long past the point of inconveniences and small erosions of liberty. Today, the choice is between slavery and freedom. I’m leaving.
Jay Fonseca is a Dollar Vigilante contributor and modern day Renaissance man; always learning a new skill, cultivating a different interest, and searching for untapped opportunities. He comes from a long line of immigrants and has chosen to follow in their footsteps. Unwilling to cope with the anti-capitalist environment and dangers of the USSA, emigration has allowed Jay to pursue his ventures in freer markets alongside freer peoples.