The Wizardess of Oz

An American's Adventures in Australia and Beyond

The Expat’s View on American Politics

I know politics are a polarizing subject, so if you have an opinion I respect it as long as you’re respectful. 

I fled America to save myself from the GOP. I took asylum in another country to rid myself of the danger of being legislated by men like Todd Akin, who don’t understand things like rape and basic female anatomy, but have the gall to try to legislate it. I fled because there are women in that country who are so concerned with fiscal policy that they are willing to overlook the egregious social misconduct of these politicians against their fellow women. I don’t care how much money I make – take it, take it and misspend it like you always do, but don’t tell me what to do with my body based on your interpretation of right and wrong. Like you’re the authority on morality, you men who rule with your egos, who speak out of both sides of your mouth, who make decisions based on money and try to win votes based on religious beliefs. You spew hate with your ignorance, you force religious beliefs upon those of other creeds, you have the audacity to believe that the average American person doesn’t have the mental integrity to know what’s right and what’s wrong and that it’s your job to tell them. Your job, as a government official, is to ensure the country runs smoothly. How does a man marrying a man threaten that? How does a woman terminating a pregnancy threaten that? How do stricter gun laws threaten that? The Republican Party has turned into a party of hate, bred by religious intolerance and cloaked in the attractive guise of low taxation. I am grateful that I left before Presidential campaigning started in earnest, and I had to be subjected to the mind-boggling assertions of the candidates, telling me what I am allowed to do with my own life. America is supposed to be a free country, but the government is all too willing to step in and tell us what we can and cannot do with our lives. Who we can marry, whose children to have. It’s disgusting and there is no place for it in politics. I am grateful, when I hear about things like this, that I no longer contribute fiscally to the United States of America. I will gladly pay my taxes to the Australian Government, led by a female Prime Minister, where the hot political issues are the cost of energy, international trade agreements, and public school funding. At no point in the last month and a half have I heard one Australian politician mention same-sex marriage or abortion regulation. Because here, it seems politicians understand that there is no place for them to insert their opinion on their constituents’ lives. Because things like trade agreements, public works, education, corporate regulation, tax laws,these are the things politicians should concern themselves with. It seems that the US government was so concerned with who was marrying whom or what women were doing with their reproductive system that they didn’t pay enough attention to what greedy businessmen were doing at our banks and auto manufacturers. Less focus on what people are doing behind closed doors in their private homes and more emphasis on what is going on behind closed doors in the boardroom or CEOs office would go a long way for America. And shame on the citizens for forcing this system, for forcing politicians to have a stance on issues such as these. As it is, I couldn’t continue to live and contribute money to a country where men like Todd Akin are allowed to be in power, where women like Eve Ensler still need to write open letters like this one to try to make people understand, where the “free country” has been feeling less and less free. I am not a politician, but I do know right from wrong, and what the GOP is trying to do to my home country is overwhelmingly wrong.

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