Yes, it was a title to an old Jefferson Starship album, but I needed a title about freedom, and it seemed as good as any.
I was perusing reddit.com, and saw this little item about freedom, and, after thinking about it, for more than a while, i decided to include it here.
I really am not anti-American, and I think that America is one of the best places to live on earth. I am simply not convinced it is the ne plus ultra (btw, I was born in Sacramento, California, so i am not naturalized, I’m a citizen from birth). I look to the north, and see that Canadians have a pretty good life, and also, no one has been threatening their citizens, blowing up skyscrapers, or launching missiles trying to reach out and touch them. I used to think that the land down under was the same, but I see that lately, they have gotten fairly restrictive, especially with the internet. I don’t like that, and so i probably would no longer consider Australia as a place of wonder.
We all hear about the problems in the U.K., but then there are also many things that are great, and now the Tony Blair is no longer the leader who was under the spell of ‘W’, it appears to have gotten better.
Which leads to this inclusion. It is anonymous, as most reddit insertions are, but no doubt truthful in content. The author gives a few very good reasons for the U.K. being superior to the U.S.
This is merely a personal opinion and of my own circumstance. I understand there are plenty of worldwide citizens who see US citizenship, or of any western nation, as a path to a free life. I sincerely hope they get what they wish.
I am not trying to criticize the US, nor your people, just pointing out differences.
I am a Brit living in the states. My wife is US born, who moved over to the UK with me for about 5 years, got her dual-UK citizenship, and we then moved to the US. I have been here long enough to apply, but really not sure if I should. Also, deciding whether we stay here or go back to the UK some time in the future.
1) The US doesn’t officially recognise dual citizenship and I have to renounce my UK status to become naturalised here. I’m not comfortable with this. The reverse is not true.
2) US citizens have a worldwide tax policy. No matter where you live and work, you owe the US taxes. There are limited exceptions, but you still have to file a tax return and could, in some cases, get taxed twice. The UK does not have this. When you live abroad, you tell them, and you no longer pay taxes there. As only an alien (yes, this is the official US word for us) when I leave the US, I would no longer have to pay taxes.
3) Healthcare. As a UK citizen I can get free, unconditional healthcare. Now, obviously, I am not giving up my UK citizenship – but I currently live here. I am astounded by the healthcare costs we have to pay. In the UK healthcare is free (with the exception that prescriptions for the working do cost $15 – I’m out of touch). I am seriously frightened that I might get ill, and get a huge copay bill or even lose my insurance. I hope I will still be able to get on a plane.
Everyone is entitled to healthcare in the UK. Free healthcare. Even those who couldn’t have afforded it. The fact that here in the US 50 million people do not have access to a doctor is incredible. Christian nation my ass.
4) Religion. I don’t do god, yet here it is like being a 2nd class citizen. Belief is the norm, and it’s not just social. If a senator has to mention god as an argument in a speech, religion has infiltrated politics. Life for me in the UK was pretty much a god-free zone.
5) UK has free bus passes for the retired. 🙂 .. maybe you do here, I don’t know…it’s is a private joke with my parents now they can ride for free.
6) Guns. I understand your history. I’m okay with your rights. Personally, I think you’ve taken it too far. If you need to carry a gun to “defend” yourself in public, there is something wrong with the public.
Gun crime is admittedly up in the UK, but nothing like here. I felt safe on the streets there.
7) Privacy. If you believe the horror stories, the US government is listening to everything I say and type. I’m sure that’s not true, entirely. I’m sure I’m not on a hot-list, and if I were, well maybe it would be for a good reason. But nonetheless, what I say to other people is private.
Yes, the UK now has cameras around a lot more places. But they are in public. I actually don’t think that is a bad thing. Whilst I’m out in public, sure, go ahead watch me. I really don’t care. People can see me anyway. If I’m doing something suspicious, then perhaps I should be being watched.
About all for now. Comments appreciated.
Legal A. Lien
Other than the usual remarks about the freedom being gone since he is married, there were some interesting and thoughtful comments.
Lots of comments about the notion of this being a Christian nation, which, despite my leanings, I fully understand and agree with. I firmly believe that it is impossible to be both practicing Christian (note I did not say faux Christian, or Christian INO) and a Republican. (Do the homework, read the Bible – if you disagree, you obviously have reading comprehension problems, and should look into some remedial classes.) Christians concerned with being their brother’s keeper would be more disposed to the idea of universal healthcare. Those who read and understand would further move on many other social injustices, but that is the subject of another piece entirely.
Others commented about the 2nd Amendment, which is near and dear to many, most of whom I would classify as rednecks, but that is just my personal bias. ( I know that many people hold the freedom dear that are not rednecks, but you could certainly see the pink through the white shirts of all the senators intent on questioning (should I say grilling?) Sonia Sotomayor about the application of the 2nd Amendment.)
Comments encouraged, but keep a civil tongue (or keyboard).