The Clash wrote one of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, Should I Stay or Should I Go
Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble,
And if I stay it will be double,
So, come on and let me know
The song questions a relationship, and brings us to question another relationship, the relationship between citizen and country. I am a citizen of the United States of America. As I was growing up, the child of an immigrant, it was drilled into my head that there was no other country greater than the one who’s soil I had the privilege of being born upon. With beautiful and spacious skies, with amber food everywhere, the USA was the country worthy of the songs written about her. The country gave opportunities like no other, and life was good.
My father, who had come to this country with the clothes on his back and managed to get a good union job at General Motors, knew that this country would offer more opportunities than the places he had travelled. My mother, born in a small town in Delaware, knew no other life. Both assumed that America would stay a great country and were pleased that their three children (my two brothers and I) were born in America. Neither saw what was coming down the political and economic track.
I am now a few years away from turning 30, and considering that whole “growing up” scenario. Both of my brothers are parents, my niece is almost seven and my nephew turned one day old as I was writing this. As a liberty-oriented individual, I have put maybe too much thought into the right place to raise a child. I don’t really think America is the best place anymore to raise a family.
To answer the age-old question posed by The Clash (well, they asked in 1981, so it’s age-old to me), should I stay or should I go now, one has to look at the operative word “now”. I believe an economic collapse in America is likely, but I’m not leaving now. I do, of course, have a plan. I believe that, for right now, America is livable, as long as I take precautions. I do not feel any obligation to the land I was born upon, that was simply circumstance. I will continue to fight for liberty and rights in whatever country I live, and for now, America is lucky to have me.
Remember that there is nothing wrong with a back-up plan. I’ve had people criticize me for saying that I’m looking at other countries to relocate my small family to, but I’m secure in the knowledge that I am prepared. I have a small prepper’s pantry, filled with enough food to last my significant other, the cat, and myself for several weeks. I have a stash of precious metals, mainly silver, that is easily transportable. I have a small weapons cache, including numerous stun guns and other less-than-lethal weapons that are “legal” in almost any country. I also live next to a beach and an airport.
I have found a few countries I wouldn’t mind relocating to, and Transparency International
has a well-researched list of the corruption of governments around the globe. The top ten “least corrupt governments” are Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Canada, and the Netherlands. Iceland is ranked 11, the United States is ranked 19.
It is up to you to decide what is best for you and your family, but I will not risk the lives of those I love over sentimentality for a piece of land. Especially not when the government steals money from me and uses it to murder children. The best advice I can give you is to always have a back-up plan. You can always move back to America if you desire, but you cannot bring people back from the dead. Angel Clark is a liberty-oriented lady, and blogs at SussexCountyAngel.Com. Angel focuses on economics and civil liberties, but you will hear her opinions on plenty of other topics. The Angel Clark Show airs live weekdays on LRN.FM, from 5-7 p.m. Eastern. Angel also has podcasting of her show listed on RadioFreedomUS.Wix.Com/Radio-Freedom.