I’ve already been hearing the same sentiment from my liberal and progressive friends that I heard in 2000 and again in 2004: they’re going to want to move to Canada if McCain wins the 2008 presidential election.
So I got to wondering, where would right-wing conservatives and fundamentalists want to move if Obama wins the election?
Canada, of course, is out, and I doubt many Republicans would want to emigrate to Mexico or Latin America, what with, you know, all the illegal immigrants there.
Up until a year ago, John Howard’s Australia would have a certain allure, except for that distasteful practice of compulsory voting. Come on now, every Republican knows that the government shouldn’t force people to vote. That’s way too much big government. Government should only prevent certain people from voting.
So where could all the forlorn Republicans go? Where would they feel most welcome, most at home with Obama in the White House?
The answer is clear.
Hippies and peaceniks used to be shouted down with “Go back to Russia.” But now, Russia seems to be the neo-conservative’s dream state. Consider how Russia stacks up against Republican priorities:
- Dominated by the interests of gas and oil monopolies? Check.
- A mainstream media with absolutely no teeth? Check.
- Not afraid to invade its neighbors? Check.
- A robust program of domestic surveillance in the name of national security? Check.
Wow, Russia has it all. And I don’t think they have global warming over there either. What a bonus.
I’d be heartbroken of course to see Republicans forsake the tattered shreds of a Democratic America, but I would try to carry on without them. Knowing they’re safe and happy in the warm, judoed arms of Putin and friends would give me some small measure of relief.