Not the place you thought it was
· 6 November 2004 ·

This past week has been surreal to say the least. My perception of the population of this country has radically changed. I hear bizarre figures, like the fact that 40% of the country still thinks that there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that Saddam had a part in the September 11th attacks. America has malleable minds that are shaped by misleading information. The population that voted for Bush are not all stupid people, they are not idiots. We should admire the strength of their conviction. They voted with blind faith. They believe in this country, they believe in their leader. Do we believe in John Kerry? Do we see him as the savior that fundamentalist Christrians see George W. Bush as? I am on a rambling rant and I won’t stop. I am confused, delirious, and confused. I think JFK had a better future for this strange place we call a country, but like most anti-bush voters I was primarily voting anti-bush, not pro-kerry. People speculate that if all of the votes had been accurately counted Kerry would have won Ohio, won the electorate vote and been president. Yet nevertheless, Bush apparently won the popular vote by about 3.5 million people (according to this usa today statistic). What do I have to say regarding the illogical trust the majority of Americans have for their president George W. Bush? I don’t know what to say. I am scared, I am confused. I don’t know what to do as an American. I have given up on my country. I am going to become a Canadian. I am applying to UBC or Emily Carr. I need a breath of fresh air. I don’t want to travel the world and feel accountable for this election. I am an expatriot trying to escape. I am defecting. Fuck this country. I’ll give it time to learn, but it is so far behind. Ths is not another dark age, this is a strange blemish. I don’t want to be blemished until I’m 23, I want to leave. Canada is pure, this country is tainted. I love Canada.

Written by Philip Ashlock