Caveat Hold-Back-or

You have fallen out of love with America. You have grown to despise the United States and you never want this country to see another cent of your money again. You know that the best form of protest is to boycott this country. You aren't giving it any more of your efforts and any more of the representation of your efforts (as Rand would say). You are going to do as you've been mulling over all along and you're moving to Canada.

Here's the conundrum. There is no way for you to go anywhere in your protest against the US of A without conceeding for a while until you leave these borders. Don't believe me? You intend to buy a plane tickets? There's tax on the ticket. You intend to drive? There's a gas tax. You need food for your journey? Sales tax. You run into the same story when you're buying clothes for the cold weather.

This nation is taxing us at every turn. It's necessary to keep the country running but it makes it awfully difficult for you to opt out of the business of America. So if your dollars are meant to represent your voice, how loud can you be when you're so well housed in the store?

There is no caveat emptor in America. There is no refusal of services when you drive on the roads. There is no refusal of services when you eat the regulated food. There is no refusal of services when you fly the regulated skies. While this may be burdensome to those who wish to speak out against our nation, it's still a testament to America's effectiveness. This effectiveness is a compromise we're mostly alright with. It's why I was alright to weather the storm of President Bush and why I hope hardline Republicans won't think President Obama won't ruin this nation: America will thrive on because its roots are too deep.

But if this is thee case when it comes to America, how does withdrawing one's dollars work with other rather staid infrastructures? Does the promise of not donating funds to one's alma mater stop you from being put on hold for fifteen minutes (and likely forgotten)? In an age of recessions, recalls, and wavering economies, does the boycott still hold water?

Maybe this is just me wondering about my transcripts and Morehouse.


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