The fear of a Donald Trump presidency has reached a fever pitch across the nation, and perhaps nowhere else is the panic more pronounced than in Hollywood, where a growing list of celebrities have pledged to leave the United States if Trump wins the election. Barbra Streisand is the latest to lose her mind at the thought of Trump in the White House.
"He has no facts. I don’t know, I can’t believe it," a flummoxed Streisand recently told a journalist in Australia. "I’m either coming to your country, if you’ll let me in, or Canada."
Streisand joins Miley Cyrus, Raven-Symoné, Al Sharpton, Lena Dunham, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Chelsea Handler, Spike Lee, George Lopez and others who have pledged to leave the U.S. if Trump wins. Chattanooga’s own Samuel L. Jackson has also vowed to go. Jon Stewart and Cher say they will leave the planet.
While conservative talk radio host Michael Savage appears to be the only public figure who has actually pledged to leave if Hillary Clinton is elected, a new Public Policy Polling poll shows that 40 percent of voters in Texas—including 61 percent of Trump supporters—want their state to secede from the union if Clinton wins.
Now, I fully support anyone wanting to move to any country they want to for any reason they want to, and, to be honest, I relish the thought of some of those mentioned above taking up residence elsewhere. The trouble is, I can’t imagine wanting to live anywhere else. Despite all our nation’s problems, the pros still far outweigh the cons—and still will, no matter who’s elected.
I’m not a gambling man, but I’d be willing to bet that neither Savage nor any of the anti-Trump crowd will actually leave, regardless of who’s elected. And I don’t see Texas going anywhere anytime soon, either. Dissent and manufactured outrage are big business, and nobody pays as well as the United States. And, well, it’s tough to "make America great again" if you and the rest of your state have, um, left America.
Our Constitution doesn’t promise a perfect union, but rather pushes us to work together to create a more perfect one. Sometimes, that work requires vigorous debate. Sometimes, that debate can get nasty.
But it’s worth it. Because America is the greatest country on earth. And if you don’t believe me, you can just leave. (Unlike in some other countries.)
Former Chattanooga Pulse Editor Bill Colrus writes about (in no particular order) local news, culture, music and media. You can find him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.