Going To a Land Down Under: Kiwi? Aussie?

Who’s been a very naughty blogger? Who? WHO? (You, Joshie Joshie, You)

Actually it is true that blogging has greatly lost its luster for me (but, no, this blog did not die with Michael Jackson). Facebook and Twitter are way too time consuming and pretty much fulfill my longings for pontification. But I think the ol’ Smoak House still has a few good ones in her. Let see what we can conjure up today.

Here is something Lyndsay and I have talked over and thought about a lot lately. Nothing major is going to happen in the very near future but it could happen one day. No, I am not talking about parenthood.  I am talking about moving to another country.

We have not packed our bags yet, but the reason we have discussed this is for the very simple fact that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. I refuse to be one of the foolish ones who forget that. You all know where I am going with this. The Obama administration has made great and frightening strides toward Socialism in the last seven months.  I could not have predicted the swiftness with which he would put the hammer down.  Now I love studying history. In so doing I have seen what happens when governments take over the everyday aspects of commerce and people’s personal lives. I read of a Hitler who plunged an entire nation into ruin and hatred (Nazism was a Socialist movement); I have studied a Stalin who oppressed and murdered his own people. I have seen Socialism and Communism destroy, maim, oppress, and murder. I have never seen them actually work. I refuse to live under any version of either system. I will not subject my wife or any of our future offspring to such evil and tyranny. I can not let my family suffer under the type of single-payer healthcare system Obama wants to implement. I can not let my family suffer through a dead-in-the-water economic system that could result from the impending collapse of the U.S. dollar. I would rather leave the country. Chances are there are some who would rather I do so. 😉

But on a lighter note, what country should we move to if it were to come to that? Well by most accounts New Zealand and Australia seem to be good choices. They are ranked high in the world in terms of personal freedom, low government intrusion, and free market capitalism. There are a few differences though. New Zealand is a small island with some great natural resources, but not many. Kiwis must import many, many goods and thus they are more subject to dependence on foreign nations. Not necessarily a bad thing but something to consider. Australia on the other hand is in a little bit better position on that front. Also it stands to reason that more jobs would be available in a larger country like Australia. Plus it is its own continent. That’s just awesome! Keep in mind that I do not know minute details of either, only what I have read on the internet and heard from talking to people. So I would love to be educated by anyone who knows more.

There would be some non-economic/non-political details to consider as well. First of all, there’s the speech of those who live down under. A Georgia boy would tend to stick out like a sore thumb in a conversation. After living there for a time there’s a good chance that I would pick up some of the accent. I would rather maintain my southern speech but I am afraid there is just no way around it. The way I talk would most certainly change. Can you imagine me saying “g’day, mate?”  Oh brother.

Then there’s the problem of Christmas in the summer time. Yes, the seasons in the southern hemisphere are flip-flopped. Our fall and winter here is spring and summer down under and vice-versa. That means that December 25 is right smack in the middle of summer. It would be hard singing Jingles Bells while applying sunscreen.

What do you think? Australia? New Zealand? Some other place?  Let me hear from you.


9 Responses to “Going To a Land Down Under: Kiwi? Aussie?”

  1. 1 Tiffany
    August 11, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Well Australia does have the added attraction of once being the home to the one and only Crocodile Hunter. But I say stay here and fight for as long as you can. The good thing about that is all the people that support Obama and the socialist movement are anti 2nd ammendment. so at least they won’t be armed.

  2. August 11, 2009 at 9:19 am

    ha! That’s true, Tiffany. I could probably hold off a whole platoon of treehugging liberals with my single 9mm pistol.

    Yeah, things would have to get pretty bad for me to leave. Plus I would probably only leave if there was no chance of Georgia seceding first.

  3. August 11, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I vote for Australia, although I hope you don’t actually go. If you do go, make sure you get a house with several guest rooms 😉

  4. August 11, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    “Yeah, things would have to get pretty bad for me to leave. Plus I would probably only leave if there was no chance of Georgia seceding first.”
    That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

  5. 5 Matt
    August 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    First, Josh I would like to point out that you obviously still have at least 5 frequenters of your blog….so keep it up buddy. Second…it’s so crazy that you should blog about that cause I was telling Karen the other day we should just pack up and move to New Zealand! So when you go, I’ll be there waiting!!

    Blog away!

  6. August 11, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Put in a 3rd vote for New Zealand. Ann and I have talked about that one too. Of course, I would rather just buy an island and declare sovereignty… but that might be a little more complicated than I could handle.

  7. August 11, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    @Heath: No way, man, you should totally do that. Make me vice president and I’ll come too.

  8. 8 thelisamason
    August 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Love your ideas. Hope you continue to write more on this topic. I stumbled upon this and like you- I enjoy reading, and twitting with like minded people. What’s your Twitter? Lisam1976 is mine. Hope to have my own blog running soon. Thanks and I look forward to you and your wife adventures

  9. August 14, 2009 at 10:34 am

    if the Stuckey family moves anywhere overseas, it’s Scotland. Because if it’s not Scottish…IT’S CRAP!

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