November 22nd, 2004

Killing Buddha

Citizens comment on un-American affairs

Today on the train, I actually heard someone say "If you hate America so much, why don't you just leave?"

For his sake, I pointed out that this really is something of an empty retort because it's really just not that easy. Assuming you can find a country that wants you, which is usually a function of your boasting highly sought-after skills or a great deal of money and preferably both, there's the small matter that the US tends not to recognize a citizen's act of renouncing citizenship.

He had no idea how to respond.