On Becoming Canadian...
1) Being an American is dangerous. There are plenty of people in the would who are not Americans who would like to kill us, and there are even some Americans who revel in the idea of killing Americans who are not like they are. So when I travel abroad I am a target because of some U.S. policies that I do not even agree with. When I am at home in America there is plenty of talk from some factions of the right (and merchandise) that is intended to incite violence against liberals and people who are appearantly Muslim, or sympathetic to Muslim and immigrant communities. There is some violence targeted towards Democrats and some toward the supposedly liberal media (e.g. the anthrax attacks that happened about the same time as 9/11). It is unclear whether that sort of attack is sponsored by our American government, by other governments, or non-state actors that are either in support of the current administration or have hatred of "open society" and liberalism. There is similar evidence of attacks directed against the Peace Movement, e.g. the bioterror alert that occued because of the direction of tuleremia agent in Washington, D.C. in September of last year, during the massive peace rallies that occurred on the 24-25. Don't remember it? Google it.
2) In America, everyone is a criminal and subject to arrest and the arbitrary application of the law. Some enforcement action is obviously politically motivated, and new laws are being created that are difficult to comply with, especially those that concern internet communications and free speech. There are widely documented cases of sting operations that have taken advantage of people who were simply gullible, financially vulnerable, or acting in a way they thought was charitable and they have been subject to highly visible prosecution that has served the PR interests of the current administration. Currently there are politically-motivated prosecutions of people who have been involved in the adult entertainment/internet industry and radical attempts to reinstate and strengthen some laws that have previously been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. When I was involved actively in that industry, I made every effort to be legal and in compliance with the law as understood it and to made efforts to protect minors and people who choose not to expoe themselves to adult materials on the internet. I have also spent as much time trying to encourage similar good behavior from other adult webmasters, with mixed results. In any case, it hasn't been an especially lucrative enterprise, but it was a sometimes fun way to maintain my technical skills after the market for tech work in the U.S. fell apart.
3) I have been unable, do to my personal beliefs, but also possibly do to some prejudices related to my outward appearance and my obvius political orientation, to thrive economically in the United States after 9/11. I would like to move to a society, even possibly one with a higher tax burden, that behaves more as I believe our nation should behave in international affairs. In one way I am a tax protestor in that I try to limit my income so that I can avoid paying the income tax that funds our war in Iraq and pays interest on our war debts. I have also had to limit my income to help my family qualify for some things that much of the rest of the world considers a basic human right, food, shelter, medical coverage. I have done that in a systematic way that almost borders on fraud in order to help an ex-girlfriend and "her children" survive for entirely to long - since the dot-com bubble burst and the 9/11 attacks really rattled my confidence in or society, our security, how we react to threats and fears by restricting our own freedoms.
I do feel threatened and persecuted in a very immediate way that I will keep the evidence more closely than I am willing to assert publically right now.
Anyway, I think can quickly make myself useful to Canada or any similarly new country that would have me, and become self supporting through my own industriousness.
There is more, but I would love to have people comment and chime in, and if anyone with practical experience in immigration law, free passage and politcal asylum in Canada wants to help, please let me know ASAP. Email me at email@example.com an/or comment here. I will direct Canadian immigration to ths post and your comments if they look useful.
Soren a.k.a. "Seksi" and "ImpeccableLiberalCredentials"