It has been a little over a decade since I stood on Manhattan’s West Side Highway, just a few blocks north of the World Trade Center, watching the North Tower collapse into a heap. My train into the city was late that morning; I was supposed to be in the basement of the Trade Center at the time of the attack. Instead, I was walking to my office just across the street from the towers when they disappeared.
Over the next several weeks, I saw America change in ways most Americans can’t even comprehend.
I saw the suspicion well up in government. I saw the police out in force, patrolling streets, hands clutching machine guns. I was on the journalistic front lines helping chronicle the efforts to shrink domestic freedoms under the false guise of homeland security.
We have yet to recover from that blow. And we probably never will. As I’ve written before, though we ultimately killed bin Laden, he won by achieving his goal: He bankrupted the world’s most-powerful nation and erased freedoms we once assumed as a birthright in this country.
No matter what Washington politicians say, no matter the saccharine patriotism they manufacture in their speeches, we are worse off today than we were on September 10, 2001. And that’s a big part of the reason I’m headed to Uruguay tomorrow for a conference on sovereignty. [adcode]
Boiled Alive Without Ever Realizing it
Think about what we, as Americans in the land of the free, have come to accept as normal over the last decade: electronic strip-searches at the airport … IRS reporting mandates requiring merchants to disclose transactions of $10,000 or more … rules that require citizens to report foreign financial accounts, clearly exceeding America’s purview … warrantless, electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens and electronic eavesdropping on Americans by the National Security Agency (with the president’s blessing).
And so much more.
It is sadly, however, a case of the boiling frog. I’m sure you’ve heard the story many times – drop a frog into a pot of room-temperature water and set the heat to rise slowly over time. The change is so gradual that, ultimately, the frog will simply boil to death without ever having tried to save its own life.
Americans … we are frogs.
By the time life in the U.S. reaches unacceptable levels, it will be too late. The water will be boiling and the freedoms we once took for granted will be chapters in a history book.
While it’s true it doesn’t have to be this way, the likeliest reality is that it will … because Americans have lost the spunk that drove our ancestors to flee the oppression they knew in their home countries. We blindly accept whatever the government imposes because, as a country, we care more about the entitlements government throws at us instead of the liberties it usurps.
Life sucks when you’re a stupid frog.
Finding Your Own Plan B
No matter who wins the presidential election today, nothing in America will fundamentally change. I guarantee the arguments that Republicans and Democrats have had in the run up to this election are the same arguments we will hear in four years … and again in eight years.
We, as Sovereign individuals, have no choice but to take our lives back. We have to be responsible for our own direction, to prepare for the worst-case possibility – that America is a pot of water in which the temperature is slowly rising.
The way I see it, Americans with even a modest amount of wealth must protect themselves and their families from the social and financial upheaval that threatens the way of life that was once our status quo as a nation.
Part of my job at The Sovereign Society is to search out and identify opportunities around the world where you can build an escape clause into your life – a Plan B that will allow you to pick up and move to a friendlier locale, should that time ever arise. I’ve alighted in a number of countries through the years that offer opportunities for offshore banking, citizenship and tax reduction. And they all have their selling points.
To date, however, Uruguay remains my favorite because it is so easy to take an American life and transplant it into the large, safe, stable, middle-class society that exists here. It’s a big part of the reason I’m taking 50 Sovereign-minded individuals to Uruguay this week; I want to show them a country that, I know, will explode their perceptions of what they think Latin America is all about.
Beautiful, inexpensive and highly productive farmland is available all over the country. Stunning condos and beachfront houses litter the coast around Punta del Este, where billionaires hang out with supermodels. Traditional middle-class neighborhoods are all over the capital, Montevideo. Banks are some of the best-regulated in the Americas. Personal safety far exceeds what you find in the typical U.S. city, and the great bulk of Uruguayans look like they just arrived from Spain or Italy.
In the event that life in America goes pear-shaped, I want to know my future is secure – that I have assets well-placed around the globe … that I have a new country to call home. From what I’ve seen in my travels across the six habitable continents, Uruguay tops the list.
Until next time, stay Sovereign …
Jeff D. Opdyke
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