Feliz Año Nuevo de Ecuador

Two years ago on this date, I was kvetching about all the regimes that had fallen due to their interactions with the criminals that comprised Bu$hCo.  I was depressed and thinking abstractly about the notion of expatriating.

One year ago on this date I noted in this post that for numerous reasons, most acutely the fact that education as the road to a better life may be the single biggest scam in the US today, the ‘American Dream’ is many decades past its death.  Nonetheless, with Barack Obama’s election and the end of the Bush regime, I was cautiously optimistic that America would soon be on the mend.

Today, after a year of ‘Bush the Third’ we find that, not only are we are committed to many more years of war in the Middle East and Asia, but that money still speaks as loudly in Washington as ever—perhaps even more loudly with the near collapse of the financial system and the wholesale indemnification of Wall Street to the detriment of most Americans.  We find that Obama has neither the nerve to stand up to entrenched corporate interests nor the stomach for any type of real change.  He is, at best, a shill for the same interests that held sway during the Bush Administration.

And on this day… I find myself living abroad and no longer treating the notion of expatriation as an academic exercise.  Happy New Year everyone.  I’m hoping for better for the US in 2010 but frankly have stopped believing that anything is really going to change.

11 thoughts on “Feliz Año Nuevo de Ecuador”

  1. Holte… Thanks! You too. Check back later today for photos of last night’s wild celebrations in Quito. Unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

    Libhomo… Indeed, but with the influence of money in Washington, nothing short of completely destabilizing, mass civil disobedience is going to do the trick.

  2. Got room down there for me?
    I said if reagan got elected, I would move out of the country. I didn’t. I stayed through that debacle and Clinton came along and made things a little better for the common man. Then, I said is BUsh gets elected, I was gonna leave. I didn’t. I weathered the storm and fought, with words in the blogs, for change.
    Like you, I thought real change was coming. Obama and his overwhelming victory was gonna take us back to a time of pride in being ‘Mericun.
    So, as I asked, is there room for me?
    Bets of the New Year to you and yours, every day of it.
    May there be Peace in your life.

  3. I’m not giving up on Obama yet, but Obamanomics is despicable. The worst of the Clintonites meets amongst the most delusional ideas of the Bushese. And they’re STILL not accurately assessing the possible fixes for Health Care that won’t just bomb out in another 15 years.

    Bleh! Happy Holidays anyway!!!

  4. Hey Spadoman… Thanks for stopping by. Certainly there is room down here, and everything is muy barato (‘very inexpensive’). I’ve rarely traveled in Latin America where the güeros (‘fair ones’) are treated as well. However, I don’t expect that to be the case forever. The bigger problem for me work.

    Michael… Well I suppose with three years to go, giving up on Obama now might be premature, but certainly the last year has not been promising.

  5. Hmmm… You and a lot of other people including myself. At one point during 2009, I got so frustrated with what you’ve described that I started a new blog called Challenge the Establishment.

    The intent was to have multiple writers… maybe in 2010!

    Happy New Year!

  6. Hey TomCat! Thanks for stopping by. You should check out the pictures on my new post. Dispatching the old year, rather than celebrating the new, is a very interesting spin on things, I think.

    GDAEman… Welcome to Ragebot! Though we’re just testing the waters right now, I can definitely see the appeal of expatriation. We’ll see how it goes. Happy New Year!

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