Thursday, September 11, 2008

Escape the United States: A Survival Kit in Case McCain-Palin Are Elected

Folks, things are not looking good for those of us who do not want to experience another four years of the same old, shameful, war-mongering, anti-choice, idiotic, right-wing, neocon, fundamentalist, corporately-funded, Republican Regime in the White House.

Those of us who cherish freedom, human rights, mercy, women's rights, reproductive freedom (including birth control, which is not the same thing as abortion, Sarah Palin), peace, co-existence, environmentalism, and other basic tenets of living an ethical life, need to consider something. Do we really want to spend our one and only lifetime in the United States? Do we want to be here when McCain-Palin start World War III, and every country with nukes around the world (which they got from us), starts attacking the U.S.?

Do we really want to continue to pledge allegience to "one nation under God", when God is used to justify homophobia, hate crimes, subordination of women, war on people who have religions other than Christianity, racism, stereotyping, sexism, and other forms of hatred?

Do we really feel that we are in the best possible place for us to be living, if this place is going to be led by the right-wing neocons who are responsible for nothing less than global destruction?

Folks, the time for taking matters into your own hands is here. We must flee, and we must flee quickly, if McCain-Palin are elected. Women, especially, should fear the loss of Roe v. Wade. Therefore, with your best interests in mind, I have compiled the below Survival Kit for Escaping the United States if McCain-Palin are Elected in November.

Women, especially, should look into nations where women are leaders, have been leaders, or have a chance of becoming leaders. The United States, as you might be aware, has NEVER had a female President. I have included in the survival kit, a list of countries that have been or currently are, led by women. Don't vote for Palin like a dog begging for scraps on the kitchen floor. She might have female chromosomes, but a feminist she is NOT. She does not care about women's rights, and in fact, hates women's rights. We need to exercise our Right to Exit the Imperialist Empire that the United States has become, in the event that McCain-Palin are elected.

Good luck to you, wherever you choose to move to!

Some Basics on Leaving the United States (from a 2004 article):

Reasons for LGBT people to leave the United States (an article from 2004):

Finding a Job as an Immigrant (to various countries):

Countries that Provide Universal Healthcare (sometimes referred to incorrectly as 'socialized medicine'):

Expatriate Women site (a bit too commercial and fluffy, but has some useful information):

Links to Clubs for American Women who Have Left the U.S.:

Reproductive Heath Clinics and Abortion Services Worldwide:

Current Female Presidents/Heads of State:
Michelle Bachelet of Chile
Helen Clark of New Zealand
Luisa Diogo of Mozambique
Tarja Halonen of Finland
Myeong Sook Han of South Korea
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines
Mary McAleese of Ireland
Angela Merkel of Germany
Portia Simpson-Miller of Jamaica
Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga of Latvia
Khaleda Zia of Bangladesh

Countries that have had a female head of state/ president since 1950:
Listed by: Individual, Title, Country, and Years Elected

Angela Merkel Chancellor Federal Republic of Germany 2005
Jennifer M. Smith Premier Bermuda 1998
Soong Ching-Ling Honorary President Peoples' Republic of China 1981
Suhbaataryn Yanjmaa President Mongolia 1953
Maria Estela Martinez de Peron President Argentina 1974
Lydia Guelier Tejada President Bolivia 1979
Vigdis Finnbogadottir President Iceland 1980
Agatha Barbara President Malta 1982
Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino President Philippines 1986
Sabine Bergmann-Pohl President German Democratic Republic 1990
Ertha Pascal-Trouillot President Haiti 1990
Mary Robinson President Ireland 1990
Violeta de Barrios Chamorro President Nicaragua 1990
Tansu Ciller President Turkey 1993
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga President Sri Lanka 1994
Ruth Perry President Liberia 1996
Rosalia Arteaga President Ecuador (Interim) 1997
Mary McAleese President Ireland 1997
Pamela Gordon President Bermuda 1997
Ruth Dreifuss President Switzerland 1998
Vaira Vike-Freiberga President Latvia 1999
Mireya Elisa Moscoso de Arias President Panama 1999
Tarja Kaarina Halonen President Finland 2000
Megawati Sukarnoputri President Indonesia 2001
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo President Philippines 2001
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf President Liberia 2005
Michelle Bachelet President Chile 2006
Janet Jagan President Guyana 1997/98
Christina Fernandez de Kirchner President Argentina 2007
Pratibha Patil President India 2007

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