Imagine an oceanfront lot for only $250,000. It sounds unheard of, but it can be had in Mexico. In fact, my friend just jumped ship and landed this sweet deal along the Pacific Ocean.
Another buddy of mine recently took the plunge and decided he’s had enough, too – relocating to a mountain enclave in Panama. He sends me emails about low prices and a quality of living beyond his greatest expectations.
They’re not alone, though. This year, record numbers of Americans are set to not only escape the United States, but also renounce their citizenship, too.
While millions struggle to come here, one must ask the question…
Why are record numbers of highly educated and wealthy U.S. residents and citizens heading for the exits?
Hint: It has nothing to do with great real estate deals.
You see, it’s not the land that’s driving people away… it’s the idea of being tied to what America has become.
Growing up, I was part of a patriotic family. We worshipped the USA almost to the point of idolatry. We welcomed the soldiers back from Vietnam. My Sunday school teacher lost her son in the war, and we students did our best to comfort her.
And when Jimmy Carter failed to stand up to the thugs in Iran, we welcomed the flag-waving, anti-Communist Ronald Reagan into our hearts and our aspirations. He spoke for us and gave us hope. Most importantly, he often called on us to remember and restore the America of the past.
Reagan was famous for saying: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least, let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”
Yet I wonder… are we still that special place of which Ronald Reagan spoke, or have we already taken our “first step into a thousand years of darkness?”
After all, Reagan was elected President in a distant era, 34 years ago. America has changed so much since then.
A Changed Nation
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For starters, 56 million Americans who might have been born were it not for Roe v. Wade will never play a ball game, strike a note in a symphony, or invent a high-tech gadget for Apple (AAPL). What greatness these millions could have brought about will always remain a mystery.
They’ll never watch I Love Lucy, eat at McDonald’s (MCD), or attend our schools and universities. They’ll never listen to rock music, join Boy Scouts, or play little league.
Meanwhile, we continue to allow countless immigrants across our borders – ones who aren’t even forced to learn English, as the immigrants of the 19th century were. Instead, the latest generation of immigrants has been taught a multiculturalism that encourages them to reject what is uniquely American and instead look to “change” America.
Worst of all, the greatest of these “change” agents has been the president, Barack Obama.
As The New York Times reported in 2007, “Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as ‘one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.’”
As president, he’s been a success. He wanted to change America, and indeed, we’ll never be the same again.
In the final analysis: I won’t leave America myself, but I must admit a fondness for a previous time when “change” hadn’t yet come to America. And I yearn for a leader who will rally us to once again embrace the uniquely American values of honesty, hard work, and love of God, which led to our former success.
Instead of leaving, I’ll stand and fight.
Your eyes on the Hill,