Halla74: For those who think the U.S.A. is a bad place to live, and a horrible nation, and a sinking ship I offer you the following: (1) Kiss my a$$, (2) If you live here and think that way, please leave, we don't need you...
Walking Tourist: Well, I think that the U.S.A. is a very annoying place to live. Mass transit in most areas is mediocre to terrible, roads and cities are designed for cars and not pedestrians, the best health care goes to the highest bidder, and the government is out of control with pointless wars. Do I think that the U.S.A. is a bad place to live and a horrible nation? No, despite all of those flaws mentioned above, I think that there is hope for us. There is always hope as long as there is life. We can do better. We don't have to fight pointless wars and we don't have to stockpile weapons of mass destruction. We can have a government that puts its people first, rather than its large corporations. But change of that magnitude takes work, not just electing a guy who promises "change that we can believe in" and then delivers more of the status quo.
And, yes, I have thought about emigrating to a more pleasant country. But emigrating is hard work. Other countries have pretty tough immigration standards, too.
So I guess that I'll just stay here and continue to work toward the day when we have a government that backs up its pro-human rights words with action (preferably nonviolent). (That is a challenge to me because focusing on the future does not come naturally to me.)
Also, I'm still waiting for bullet trains and "people movers"!