Hollywood celebs aren't the only folks who want to leave America under the hated Bush regime. The BBC has found a few normal citizens (or nearly so) with the urge to flee:
Brian Boyko, 25, postgrad journalism student:
"I think it'll probably start with gay people and Muslim Americans, those likely to be the scapegoats. Something is rotten here. I'm just smelling it earlier than some other people. Even though I voted for the other guy, I'm still going to have my nationality associated with the death and destruction the next four years will bring, and I'd rather not. So I'm looking to reject this society and find another one."
First they came for the gays, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn't gay. Then they came for the Muslims, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Muslim. Then they came for the journalism students....
Yeah, you're smelling it all right, Boyko. (If you look at his pic
, you'll be certain this is the first time that Boyko is the one doing the "rejecting".)
Ian Mitroff, 66, USC professor:
"I'm in an immense quandary about what to do. Another pointless war would make me go or if gay bashing and bashing of liberals gets so serious that tolerance is broken down, you would feel in fear of your safety. I love my country and am proud to be an American, but I don't think I have ever been as down about this country as I am now."
At 66, Mitroff has lived through: Japanese interment camps, Joe McCarthy, the Vietnam War, Watergate. Topping them all are the current anti-gay/liberal pogroms, which, if you look out your window right now, you'll see going on in the streets.
Peggy Bowen, 57, lawyer:
"Freud stayed in Vienna until Hitler had completely taken over the country, but I don't want to be wrong about when it's time to leave. My fear is that I won't know when to get out."
Oh, yes. And then they came for the lawyers.
Hm. America without our J-students, without our lefty profs, without our high-priced attorneys...?
) Wait. Come back. Please don't go.
Oh, well. I tried.