“… living life as an American is all about living in fear, ALL THE FUCKING TIME!! Fear of the government…”

Americans who self-identify as expats as opposed to citizens of other countries seem to believe that the solution to their problems related to the USA lies in Washington DC. But DC is the source of the problem, and its functional purpose is to serve Homelanders not expats.

A lot of the 8.5 trillion so-called Americans abroad do not self-identify as Americans but as citizens of their country of residence. Hence, they are not lobbying Congress or the POTUS, because these branches of government represent not the expat but the Homelander.

This post ushers in one of the most interesting discussions among non-U.S. residents who are deemed to be U.S. citizens. Truly fascinating. This discussion should be sent to Washington, DC (let’ pretend that they care).

U.S. residents do NOT experience the United States (and the world) the way non-U.S. residents experience it. We have just passed the 4th of July.

The above tweet references a comment from the Facebook discussion that should be required reading for all. Many of those trying to navigate the new FATCA and FBAR world often wonder whether they are “really American”. Does this really apply to them? I have often jokingly (or maybe not) suggested that:

 

“If you are terrified of the U.S. Government then you are truly American”.

Consider the following comment from the Facebook discussion.

Hell, why round up all nine million of us when they can grab fifty, and make an example out of them? Everyone else gets to live in fear of being next. It is ALL about the FEAR, here. That is the entire point. Come out of the shadows, comply, pay a penalty, or YOU are next, come tomorrow, next year, or maybe many years from now. You won’t know, and we won’t tell you until we’re grabbing you at 5am while you’re still sleeping.

Anyone that thinks that, “Oh, they’re not going to grab all nine million of us at once….” is sadly missing the point, to their own detriment. It’s not about the application of force. It’s about the FEAR of the application of force. Given human nature, fear has a magnifying effect to the application of force, and that is why the two go hand in hand. Fear spreads like a virus, infecting our rational thought processes, and triggers herd mentality among the masses. This is why, making an example out of someone, works.

To be frank, and speaking from my own life experience, living life as an American is all about living in fear, ALL THE FUCKING TIME!! Fear of the government, fear of your neighbour, fear of the police, fear of someone with a differing skin colour, or of a different belief, or creed, fear of the world beyond America, fear fear fear! Fear of being sick, and either dying from a denial of coverage, or fear of going bankrupt from it, and ALL of it outside of your control. Yeah, fear of losing control! Fear of the rich. Fear of the poor. Fear of losing what you have. Fear of never getting what you want. Fear of losing your job. Fear of NEVER getting a job. Fear of the future. Gah! It’s a goddamn sickness! Meanwhile, people there just pump this fear non stop! Non fucking stop! For me, freedom means not having to live in fear, and that is the difference between gripping tighter to your gun after the latest mass shooting, and being able to walk down the street at night, unarmed, and without fear, because your neighbours also live in peace.

Think about it. When you live in the homeland, and that is all you know, you would think that the whole world is gripped in fear, and violence, so why even leave the safety of home? Well, in that place, you’re so damn close to the problem, that you can’t even pick out the source of it, because you are smack dab in the middle of the bullshit. So you can imagine how quickly my eyes opened when I saw the country from the outside in for the first time, and THAT is the truth that I can never unknow. 300+ million idiots, living in fear, yet thinking they’re living in the greatest country in the world. What a joke!

 

 

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One thought on ““… living life as an American is all about living in fear, ALL THE FUCKING TIME!! Fear of the government…”

  1. mjh49783

    People should be living in confidence. Not in fear, because fear doesn’t make a country great. All fear does is make people miserable, and some people will resort to patriotism as a defensive mechanism. But, what are they defending themselves from? The rich? The poor? Others not like them? Or maybe they’re defending themselves from the truth?

    The real truth here is all that fear can do is ruin a country, and that is why the only thing we should have to fear, is fear itself.

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