February 7, 2016 AD/7 Shevat 5776
Headlines now daily trumpet a mass exodus of disgruntled Americans who choose to make Canada their new home. If Paul Harvey were alive today, he would tell you “the rest of the story”.
What’s happening now, in 2016, is something that happens every four years when we elect presidents. It’s nothing new. Nothing new at all.
As mandated by law, quarterly, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes the names of American citizens who renounce citizenship. (Federal Register, Section 6039G) They do so for a range of reasons. In some cases, there are marriages to foreigners. In others, there are hard-working Americans who risk losing 20% of their capital gains, if they sell their business as a U.S. Citizen. Still others renounce citizenship when political tides turn against them. In the latter case, these are generally Democrats, leftists (socialists) all. For the leftist ex-pats, Canada is a natural haven.
On average, for each American who moves to Canada, two Canadians move to our country.
One American ex-patriot stated in a recent interview how he loves the Canadian healthcare system. All ex-patriots love that socialist system until they actually need it.
An insurance executive who spoke here in Rockwall some time back explained how it took fifteen years for him to fully realize the differences between Canada and the USA. In Canada, he related, to get an x-ray, patients are placed on waiting lists that can at times take months. The solution? He told how Canadians can go to a veterinarian for an x-ray anytime they wish and, as I understand, this is the doggone truth.
On a personal note, I met a fellow, a homeless man, who moved to Canada back in the late 1960’s as a protest against the Vietnam War. After earning his degree, he became a public school teacher. When he moved to Canada, he took his LSD habit with him. Deep regrets over his expatriation, emotionally exacerbated by his drug use, left him a very unstable man. Sometime in the late 1980’s he returned. I met him through the homeless ministry of my church. He was a giant of a man, towering over my six-foot frame. He wore a tattered faux leather jacket and his hair and beard were unkempt.
Bottom Line: Canada gets our socialists. We get their conservatives. In fact, our dividend is 200% return on investment.
All the above reminds me of the saga of fictional ex-patriot Phillip Nolan, the Man Without a Country. Nolan’s story was based on the real-life story of U.S. Representative of Ohio and a Confederate States sympathizer, Clement Vallandigham who called America “one of the worst despotisms on Earth”. As a consequence of his transgression, Vallandigham was tried, convicted and ultimately expelled from the United States of America by President Abraham Lincoln.
Would I renounce my citizenship to satisfy my political dissatisfaction or to save on taxes? Consider these mournful words of fictional character Phillip Nolan:
“Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said”, –
“This is my own, my native land!”
No. This is my own, my native land. This is where God planted me.
Ours is not a political battle, but a spiritual war we must win. Alignment of homosexuals, avoid atheists and socialists with the democrat party face off with people of faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Republican Party. Yes, Republicans are imperfect. But that’s the point of the redemptive work of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, Jesus Christ, our Messiah. God created us and he can fix us. The task of perfecting people is not a political process, but a divine work of Gods grace.
Soli Deo Gloria