My daughter cannot move to Canada; she has multiple disabilities so is considered a drain on resources. No country anywhere will accept her. She is a disabled woman trapped in the United States, a country that doesn’t want her.
(photo by Diane Davis https://www.facebook.com/dianedavisphotography/info/?tab=page_info)
So when you talk about moving to Canada if Trump wins, think about what that means. Think about the people who don’t have that option. They are the people who need you to fight for them.
The ability to leave a bad situation is often based on ones resources. Do you have the money to go somewhere else? Do you have people who will help and protect you? You might wonder why a person living in a bad neighborhood doesn’t move to a better one. Many times, they can’t. If you can, you are blessed. Don’t assume others have the same chance.
My daughter is one of those “losers” Donald Trump talks about. She can’t work and she is dependent on other people to care for her. I am one of those losers because I need social service supports and welfare to help me take care of her. Call me a welfare mom and I’ll agree proudly. We are not “winners,”as Trump would say, and there are a lot of people in this country who are the same.
But that doesn’t make us bad people. That doesn’t make my daughter worthless.
My daughter can’t fight for herself, but I can fight for her. And I will stand by her and fight with all my strength to protect her from the rise of hate and intolerance permeating the United States. Racists and fascists will not touch her.
Will you help? Or will you hide?
One thought on “Why I won’t run to Canada”
Can’t speak for “the country” but I want your daughter here, provided you and she want that. There’s discrimination and prejudice against the disabled in other countries too, even the countries with better safety nets and services. It’s not as if anyone follows through on the threat to move if the “wrong guy” gets elected. People relocate for bigger reasons, like getting bombed and shot at. Or for tax incentives if they are rich.
(I train service dog puppies to be mobility assistants, for emotional support, and to provide medication alerts.)