79

Sometimes I really, truly, almost give up on this rock.

It’s not the girl suing because she was given detention, or the ‘scandal’ that The Washington Times’ Sayed Anwar of Bethlehem is really Paul Martin of London, or the FDA’s decision to allow food makers to list ‘health claims’ on packaging before they’ve proven.

It’s not the fact that a new appointee to the US Women’s Health policy panel recommends “specific Scripture readings and prayers for such ailments as headaches and premenstrual syndrome”, or that a new appointee to the US Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs condones only the rhythm method because “medicine is permeated with attitudes toward sexuality and fertility that are incompatible with Christian values”.

It’s none of these things. It’s the fact that none of these things are shocking, or will be challenged with any success, because this is just one day’s worth of depressing news. Every day, I could make a post like this, and have just as many (if not more) fucked-up America stories.

With a tide like that, what the fuck is the point, right?

Living in Canada, things are much better here, but it has come to the point where I question how much longer I can ethically spend twenty to fourty thousand dollars a year in a country that is America’s largest trading partner. Some of my money makes it there out of every dollar I spent, and it is not an insignificant sum.

I fully support Canada’s movement towards drug decriminalization (and heroin safehouses), I support healthcare, our tight-as-a-nun’s-ass food and drug standards, and what looks to be an national desire to distance ourselves from the USA… With that said, we’re going to have a new Prime Minister soon, and most of the candidates with any chance of winning have been very pro-american, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a Clinton-to-Bush style reversal of policy and procedure.

I love my country, and I will continue to work towards its betterment, but I’m thinking it might be time to plan, seriously plan for the future, and decide if a North American climate is where I want to spend the next 23 years.

I don’t think that it is.

3 thoughts on “79

  1. Join us Jairus
    Join us in the underground
    Where sedition is a prayer and not a curse
    Cross over and help make this world a better tomorrow

  2. As an American… I apologize for the idiocy of my nation.
    I know, I know… we really do suck.
    Bush is trying, though.
    Well… no, scratch that, Bush sucks too.
    I… don’t know what to say. I’m sorry my country is the pebble in your country’s shoe. I’m sorry my fellow citizens and my government are living up to our reputation. I liked to think September 11th was enough to change us, but it doesn’t seem to have been nearly enough. And if two world wars plus a handful of other people’s wars that we barged in on plus the fall of our two tallest towers hasn’t been enough yet… oh well.
    I’m just sorry overall. I wish I had a few more more uplifting, proof-that-America-isn’t-that-awful anecdotes, but lately it seems that’s too much to ask. And I’m sorry, actually, about that too.

  3. i feel the same way jai,
    -except about leaving canada-
    but there are probably a few
    places in the world which will
    be safe in the next 10 years..
    come hide in the mountains w/
    me … i plan to suit up in a
    radiation suit when the shit
    goes down, and watch the fireworks
    down south from a high mountain in bc.

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