In my early-morning wandering of the internet, I stumbled upon this semi-facetious article concerning how little support our president has from some Americans. He ends the article urging idiots to flee the country. The article was harsher than I’ll ever be, but it got me thinking a bit.
Now, the actual reason that I left the states was because I fell in love with a Dane, married him, and actually want to live with him, but the fact remains that we could have lived in the states. Once we were married, we could’ve applied for a greencard, most likely gotten one, and gotten Andreas a fine job in America. We could’ve lived there happily, had our family, and gotten old and wrinkly. People often ask me why we’re not living in the states. Why we chose to live in Denmark (especially since the road to eventually living there has been rocky).
The most basic answer to this is: our babies. While we live here, it doesn’t matter if Andreas is laid off. It wouldn’t matter if he was disabled, or I was disabled, or if we both had very menial jobs for our entire lives. Our children would have healthcare. They would be able to go to the dentist every year. They’d be able to get a good education without heaping debt on their heads. Andreas does have a good job, and chances are, we could have taken care of everything our family would need, and then some. But I still feel better living in a place where everyone else is also taken care of. Where Andreas will pay higher taxes, if he gets a higher-paying job.
I feel like we could trust ourselves to “give back,” and make sure we never got too rich, and always helped those less fortunate. But sometimes, it’s hard to know exactly how to do that, and honestly, I don’t trust everyone to do the same (How could I, when the gap between the rich and the poor is so wide and sparsely populated?).
One big reason, besides security, that I moved to Europe is because I agree here. Things make more sense here. We should take care of one another, and give everyone an equal chance. Isn’t it a bit funny that here, in the most “atheistic” country is where I see some of the most “Christian” values?
The US could be a great country. It is, in many ways. But the need for change is enormous. The best thing about the states is that it is allowed to push for change. It’s not easy, by any means, but it’s allowed. It’s sad that in a country that could be so progressive, people who want security, fairness, and equality feel the need to “escape.”
Another sad part? That I was always too lazy, and too chicken, to ever invoke any of the change I always wanted in my community. But maybe I could have if I didn’t have to work a couple of jobs while going to school full-time just so that I could have things to eat. (Just kidding, I’ll always be a chicken).