Unhappy Where You Are? Go Somewhere Else.

Unhappy Where You Are? Go Somewhere Else.

Written by Zackary Richards

There seems to be a lot of unhappy people living in the United States right now. Can’t turn on the TV without somebody protesting something, or somebody protesting against another person’s protests.
 The hot issue of the day is sports players refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. This being a free country they have that right, But let’s look into what they’re refusing to participate in.
 The Pledge is simple enough. In it, we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands. So in simple terms, we are pledging our loyalty to one another because we ARE the republic. We are committing to be faithful to each other. To be there for each other, to fight for each other.  As it goes on to say, ONE Nation, under God, INDIVISIBLE with Liberty and Justice for all.
 Now if you don’t want to make that commitment to your fellow Americans, then as stated earlier that is your right
 However, I won’t support you. I won’t watch or attend your games, I won’t buy your sponsors products.
That is my right.
The problem with all these protesters is there isn’t any penalty for protesting. Back in the day protesters got their heads bashed in, got blasted with water cannons, set upon by attack dogs. So if you were considering protesting you damn well better believe in your cause enough to get hurt and maybe even killed for it.
President Reagan once said you can vote with your feet. Meaning if you don’t like the conditions where you are, you can move to a place where the conditions better suit you.
There is no better example than myself. I was born and raised in the Bronx and truly hated it. It was violent, dirty and dangerous.
 So instead of protesting, I packed up my family and moved to a place that wasn’t violent, dirty or dangerous.
 It was the smartest move I’ve ever made.
My grandfather moved here from Newfoundland, he was only in his teens and only had a couple of bucks in his pocket. He slept in doorways and worked for food, until he could get a paying job.
I once worked with a guy who decided to move to Sweden. He had a temporary assignment there for 6 weeks. After which he left the U.S and moved there permanently.
When I asked him why he said Sweden had everything he ever wanted in a place to live.
My point is simple. If you don’t like the way you’re being treated, move to a place that treats you well. There are many beautiful countries other than the U.S. Some are democracies, some have socialism. Some are much better than the U.S when it comes to healthcare and social services. Some are much better when it comes to education and job training.
 All you need is internet access to learn all about them. Perhaps the one that best suits you is just a keystroke away.
So put down the placard, get off the protest line, stop complaining about how unfair everything is and find your real home.
Life is too short to be fighting and complaining all the time. Go find your bliss.

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