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The world is your oyster.

I REALLY HOPE you’ve been following the Nate Silver 538 blog, because you’ll have had time to research your exit plan. For months you would’ve known that the odds of your presidential candidate winning the electoral college vote was under 30%. But if you’ve been relying on cable news’ polling and think they’re “still neck and neck at 48%” this travel advice might help you.

Before I suggest where to go, we need to ascertain what kind of Romney voter you are. So let’s get this straight — are you a small business owner or a “SMALL BUSINESS” owner? This article discusses travel strategies for Ma & Pa Hardware Stores. If you’re a Ma & Pa Hedge Fund, the world is your oyster. You don’t need my help.

But what if you aren’t a millionaire or a billionaire? What if you’re just a hard-working, tax-paying, church-going, American Mitt Romney supporter? Where should you go after Barack (Hussein) Obama reascends the throne?

Well in all earnestness, I really think you should take some time to travel — and not back to Destin, Florida or Lake Havasu. Go somewhere outside the United States. You should travel around the world. It’s not even that difficult to quit your job and go on a solo trip, or to travel with your kids. Just head to the post office, get that passport, and explore the world. This trip is about freedom and independence, so stay away from resorts and cruise lines (and other Americans), and experience the local culture.

Travel to socialist Scandinavia and discover that things are actually a little bit better there. Higher education is affordable, healthcare is free, mas and pas get time off to be with their kid, new businesses get economic development grants. You might pay a higher tax rate, but it’s kind of like an admission fee for all these great benefits. Maybe you’ll find that there’s more to humanity than that rugged individualism you thought you were supposed to espouse.

After a few months in the Global North, head to some of the poorest nations in the world (and please don’t come as a missionary — you’re not here to spread your beliefs!) In Burundi or Haiti or Malawi or Bangladesh, you’ll witness a poverty you’ve never seen before. You might start to think about how privileged you are to live in a country with access to clean drinking water, stable democracy, and Hometown Buffet. You’ll think about how that cheap t-shirt you bought from Wal-Mart was made by people in a Bangladeshi sweatshop working for pennies, and how it really wasn’t such a great deal, because now you see how interconnected our world is.

And after a few months on the road, having had a diversity of experiences, you’ll return to the United States as a citizen of the world. You’ll come back knowing that Mitt Romney’s vision for America never included the full social benefits of being a wealthy nation, nor considered that our wealth is predicated on the poverty of the developing world.

And that Obama’s America might not be perfect, but now you have four more years to hound him to make it better.

Activism + Politics


About The Author

Josh Heller

Josh is a writer from Los Angeles. He has lived in Mexico City, New York, and Berlin with extensive jaunts to Latin America and Europe.

  • Karen Hoffberg

    Love it. Love your style.

  • Mike C Smith

    Turn the lights off when ya leave:)

  • Carlo Alcos

    Who you voting for Josh?

    • Joshua Heller

      Roseanne Barr.

  • Bob Lee

    Forgot – MARS – much closer to the Lords of Kolob – and requires paid air time by EVERYONE. Yup, Mars – where the land is FREE and the air costs $100 bucks to the gallon. That should put a sock in Limbaugh …

  • Debbie Feller-Glassman

    fabulous, articulate and to the point, right on josh xxoo.

    • Babette Heller

      Aren’t we proud that liberals raised liberals !!! And we raised liberals !

    • Stephanie Johnson

      I’m shocked Debbie….and sad

  • David Barsotti

    What a hack piece of whatever you call this Josh… excellent high school analysis…you must be proud!

  • Christine Muro Light

    Your wrong about your political philosophy and your wrong about who is going to win. Romney is going to win and he’s going to win big.

  • Alexandre Yenni

    There’s an especially pernicious habit amongst American liberals to purport to know what’s best for other people in this country. You ever hear that “elitist” moniker getting thrown around? Well, that’s where it comes from. It comes from the sense of haughty, enlightened superiority that you’ve displayed here…void of any real facts — just anecdotal observations and half-baked theories about what works best for other people who aren’t you.

    So, let’s take a step back so I can tell you about a type of Romney supporter that probably doesn’t fit your Destin / Havasu mold. It’s the type of supporter who cares deeply about his or her country, but who worries desperately about its declining fiscal health and about the lack of genuine economic opportunity.

    It’s the type of person with a keen historical eye, who can look back on the arc of post-war American ascendence and notice some troubling blips on the screen…blips that marked an expansion of vast, monolithic government entities focused on increasing the welfare of its populace, but which simultaneously undermined its spirit of self-reliance and put it on the path to collapse.

    It’s the type of person who understands that what we’re seeing today is the largest redistribution of wealth the planet (yes, the planet) has ever seen. Not between rich and poor, or between black and white…but between middle class young people and middle class old people. And that it’s taking place in a framework that was never meant to handle increased life expectancy, decreased birth rate, or rampant profiteering and fraud.

    It’s the type of person who is skeptical of federal solutions to local problems…who sees man’s perpetual lust for power and influence to be too great of a corrupting force to allow him to judiciously manage programs at this scale (Sweden, Scandinavia’s biggest country, has about as many people as New York City).

    It’s the type of person who who doesn’t appreciate debt, or seeing their children’s future gambled away by a bunch of congressional half-wits, hacks and narcissists bent on extending their own political life (and bank account) by extending benefits and entitlements that we can’t afford.

    So, trust me when I tell you this…purporting to be the more “moral” of the two parties, as so many liberals do, is a bad look.

    • Melissa Peeples

      sounds more like a gary johnson supporter to me

    • Melissa Peeples


    • Alexandre Yenni

      And indeed you nailed it!

  • Ross Borden

    Have to say Josh, I was not a fan of this one. Pretty flimsy arguments and I think you’e generalizing (and potentially offending) millions of people with a title like that. Also, telling working class Americans who support Romney to “quit their jobs and take some time to travel” is obnoxious and ludicrous. Not all Americans have been as luck as you and me to travel the world or have the means to do so.

  • Haris Saeed

    Great article, enjoyed it :)

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