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  •  I too have had the same thoughts (4+ / 0-)

    I will turn 50 this year. I am a 4th generation Californian. My ancestors arrived before the goldrush, giving my family "pioneer" status, whatever its worth.To think of leaving is distressing, but I have seen the depredation of so much. It is overwhelming sometimes. I don't put much stock in regional loyalties, or patriotic rhetoric. I dream of a planet without boundaries, where all of humanity comes to see how alone we are in this vast universe. Alone, on island earth.

    So much idealism, I know. it is this idealism that the founding fathers held to, and the framers put forth. Many of them risked all in the name of idealism. Ideals don't die. Only when those that hold to them let go. My father fought in WWII, my mother's first husband was killed in Korea, my oldest brother, rest his soul fought in Vietnam. If I were to leave I would have to abandon the courage of those before me. I would abandon the live's lost, prices paid, and sacrifices suffered so that I might have an opportunity to live within the ideals they fought for. Maybe those ideals await fruition, but to let them go and not continue the fight means,  I no longer value the sacrifices of those before me. If they gave so much for me, then I am obligated to see it through in order for those that follow me should have the same chance, and the same hope. One world without war, greed, hatred, or hunger. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, it's not just a dream.

    "'Politics' is made up of two words. 'Poli,' which is Greek for 'many,' and 'tics,' which are bloodsucking insects." Gore Vidal

    by Kairos on Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 11:58:14 PM PST

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    •  Here Here! (2+ / 0-)
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      I must admit I've given thought to leaving too from time to time. I'd probably go to Ireland, where my grandparents came from. In fact I was thinking along that line just last night.

      Most days it does seem like my country is crumbling away right under my feet. At my age I've seen it through good times and bad, and it seems like there's been more bad than good since I showed up in 1951. It sure as hell hasn't been the country I was promised in grade school by a long shot.

      But then I too recall all those who came before me - the traitors who wrote a piece of paper telling their absentee landlord to go fling his hook, the women who sacrificed treasures, homes, husbands and children in the war that followed.

      I recall those who gave up everything in the next war that came along all too soon, when the former masters had licked their wounds enough and decided to get their property back.

      And I recall those who fought and died in all the subsequent wars thereafter - whether our welfare as a nation was truly at stake or it was simply one of the many wars of convenience drummed up by greedy old men.

      I recall as well all those who fought right here on the homefront to demand that the rights promised on another old piece of paper be kept - ALL are created equal, ALL have the same opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

      I recall the women who marched - less than a hundred years ago - and won the right to vote. I vividly recall the marches in the sixties and seventies to secure equal rights for blacks, women, and Native Amnericans, and won them... if only on yet another piece of paper.

      After grade school I eventually learned that the history I'd been taught didn't go exactly as advertised, anymore than the America I was promised existed as yet. All that ever existed was the ideal... those promises written down so long ago. THAT'S what all those people have fought and died for.

      Ben Franklin said we had a republic "if you can keep it." I personally feel obligated to fight to my dying breath to keep it. To do otherwise is to insure that all those who came before me really did die in vain.

      I can understand being young and seeing this country as a dying horse, but take it from someone whose been around for a while - we honestly have been in worse shape. I'm not about to hand over everything that's been fought for to the likes of George W. Bush and his band of Scarey Men.

      Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

      by Pariah Dog on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 04:49:37 AM PST

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