Op-Ed: Why This American Has No Quarrels About Re-Locating Abroad

Starting in the very near future it’s one of my primary goals to start traveling the world, visiting new places and perhaps even settling down in a new country abroad for the long term. However, the more people I start talking to the more everyone keeps saying the same things, sayings things like “oh I don’t know about that, there are a lot of bad places outside the United States. Are you sure you want to do that?” Or “you know how many people are trying to get into this country? Why would you want to leave?” Their opinions all seem to be based off a fallacious notion that somehow it’s impossible to be happy or live a good/quality life outside the United States, pretending as if everyone currently living inside the US is as happy as could possibly be and we are all living the lives of our dreams.

There are roughly 7.3 billion people living on planet Earth at the present moment in time and only about 0.3 of them live inside the United States. Meaning that the overwhelming majority of all people on planet Earth live outside of the United States, and live perfectly fine or happy lives at that. It might be a notion lost on most modern Americans these days, but life outside of the United States is not just some great giant “dystopia.” In fact, you might be surprised to know that, based on the 2019 Global Democracy index, the United States currently ranks 27th in the world out of 160 countries and according to the 2018 worlds happiness report, the United States ranks 18th in the world out of 117 countries. These two studies are also based off factors such as poverty rates, incarceration rates, average annual income, health coverage, life expectancy, voter turnout, purchasing power, quality of life – et cetera.

On top of this, in terms of education, the United States ranks 115th among 200 countries in terms of linguistic diversity, and ranks 20th in math and 27th in science internationally. Moreover, out of 40 countries ranked based off their colleges or secondary educational systems, the USA ranks 20th in the world. Even here inside the United States, according to our own ACT testing agency, it is estimated that 76% of all high school students are unprepared to enter into college level courses upon graduating high school.

As for me personally, I’ve been ‘that guy‘ who used to work seasonally around the United States – all with migrant workers because I couldn’t get hired anywhere else. At times, on more than one occasion, I’ve literally been the only American working in a group of maybe +45 people – also some of the most enjoyable times of my life being honest with you.

In vain, what I keep trying to get the average American to understand is that there is a very real reason why so many people and/or countries around the world hate America and American tourists – and no, it isn’t because they are envious or jealous of you and your lifestyle. People hate Americans and American culture because we base our moral and ethical set of principles around materialism, vanity, vulgar-ness, indecency, gluttony, and arrogance.

Americans literally look at signers, rappers and movie stars as role models, we glorify transgender people as hero’s, we turn children into sex symbols, have the highest rate of obesity in the world, elect billionaire narcissists to be our National leader/President and our Government genuinely views itself as the worlds police. For example, did you know that out of 239 years in existence the United States Government has been engaged in different Wars for 222 of them?

Let me ask you a rhetorical question, why do you think so many migrants from around the world all enter the United States from foreign countries and then refuse to self identify as Americans? As an example, down in Florida there is an extremely large population of people whom defected from Cuba. These are people who were literally so ashamed of their country/government that they denounced their citizenship and sought asylum abroad. Yet, even after they were granted freedom in the United States, if you ever talk to them, they all still call themselves “Cubans” – not “Americans.” Ask yourself, why do you think this is?

The answer is simple, American culture/society is nothing to look up to or be envious of. The fact of the matter is that foreigners all come to this country for one reason and one reason only, to exploit our economic system and make as much money for themselves and their families as possible – not because they fancy American “culture.” This is why they all immigrate here and start settling into their own local communities, such as “Little Italy” or “China Town” or “New Haiti” and identify themselves with their old countries – because the culture where they came from is still fundamentally better than the culture we’ve created here in America, even if their economies aren’t.

‘Freedom’ & Human Rights

While I’m on the subject , I also want to touch on the notion of America being “free,” because it is yet again another major fallacy. In fact, you might be surprised to learn, but the United States of America is actually THE least free country on planet Earth – at least according to the statistics.

For example, did you know that the United States is home to 5% of the globes overall population, but 25% of the worlds prison population? How about the fact that America arrests more citizens ‘per capita’ than any country in the world, including Iran, North Korea, Russia or anyone else? Or the fact that the United States is considered one of the worst human rights violators in the world, not only because of our Wars but because our criminal justice system has created the conditions allowing for the US to actively host the worlds largest population of incarcerated citizens? Every year for example, the United States always makes the list of the worlds top human rights violators because of this very fact.

Debt

Did you know that, at the present moment in time, the United States Government currently holds $21.97 Trillion Dollars in National Debt?: http://www.usdebtclock.org/

How about the fact that US Congress has operated the US Government at an annual budget deficit every year since 2002?: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/03/cnn-fact-check-the-last-president-to-balance-the-budget/

Or the fact that the US’s National Debt has literally more than doubled within the course of the last 10 years alone?: https://www.thebalance.com/us-debt-by-president-by-dollar-and-percent-3306296

On top of this, 80% of Americans admit to being burdened by some form of debt & 70% admit they could not afford their lifestyles without the active use of debt: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2015/07/the-complex-story-of-american-debt

For example, the average American currently holds over $7,000 in credit card debt: https://www.valuepenguin.com/average-credit-card-debt

The average ‘homeowner’ owes, on average, $164,000 on their mortgages: https://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/states-with-most-mortgage-debt-1.aspx#slide=1

The average college graduate in American owes, on average, $29,000 on their student loans: https://ticas.org/posd/map-state-data

Meanwhile, the average unemployment rate for recent college graduates in their early 20’s fluctuates between 26% to 30% – more than twice that of the combined national average: https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=561

Moreover, it’s estimated that each month, 43% of all households in the US spend more money than they make: https://www.businessinsider.com/ny-fed-q4-2014-household-debt-2015-2

And 41% of all Americans either have re-occurring medical expenses or hold outstanding medical debts: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-08/cf-7mu081908.php

In total, it is estimated that the average American adult owns/owes somewhere around $225,238 in debt – each: https://investorplace.com/2013/09/report-average-american-in-debt-hundreds-of-thousands/#.VjM0VivJzwI

Adding insult to injury now, there are over 1.17 million foreclosed homes in the United States: https://www.statisticbrain.com/home-foreclosure-statistics/

With a total homeless population hovering around 3.5 million each year: https://www.amnestyusa.org/housing-its-a-wonderful-right/

Now, if you really want to fry your noodles, consider the fact that, according to the US Treasury Department, there’s only $1.57 Trillion Dollars of currency in physical circulation/existence? Meaning that if every coin and “Federal Reserve Note” in the world were magically handed in right now at this very moment, not only would there be no money left for anyone in society to spend, but there would only be $1.57 trillion dollars to account for. Breaking things down further, this means that if we’ve spent $21.97 Trillion Dollars in conjunction with our National Debt but only have $1.57 to account for, then only 14% of money is actually real. Meaning that 86% of money – aka debt – only exists inside in cyber space, as numbers/figures transferred from computer to computer across them “inter-webs.

IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EVER ALLOW PRIVATE BANKS TO CONTROL THE ISSUE OF THEIR CURRENCY, FIRST BY INFLATION, THEN BY DEFLATION, THE BANKS AND CORPORATIONS THAT WILL GROW UP AROUND THEM WILL DEPRIVE THE PEOPLE OF ALL PROPERTY UNTIL THEIR CHILDREN WAKE UP HOMELESS ON THE CONTINENT THEIR FATHERS CONQUERED…I BELIEVE THAT BANKING INSTITUTIONS ARE MORE DANGEROUS TO OUR LIBERTIES THAN STANDING ARMIES… THE ISSUING POWER SHOULD BE TAKEN FROM THE BANKS AND RESTORED TO THE PEOPLE, TO WHOM IT PROPERLY BELONGS.” – THOMAS JEFFERSON



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