“FLEEING” TRUMPA new refugee crisis in the making:

Heather and Robin Vargas are the kind of people who stay true to their word.

So when the American couple said they were packing up and moving 2,600 kilometres to Halifax in time to celebrate the new year, they meant it.

After a 35-hour drive from Charleston, S.C., the couple rolled into Halifax at 6 a.m. on Dec. 31 with two cars, a U-Haul and their dog Kingsley.

“Every now and then, it will hit me a little bit. I’ll look at him and be like, ‘We made it,'” said 30-year-old Heather Vargas. “When we wake up on our Canadian couch in our Canadian apartment and we’re like, ‘We actually did this.’

“I knew moving in January to this climate was going to be different. But we had the polar vortex greet us our first week up here. So I think now that we’ve experienced that, anything else we’re OK with.”

Her husband, Robin, added: “I couldn’t feel my face after five minutes. It was pretty cold.”

‘We should move to Canada’

The idea to move north started as a joke on the night Donald Trump was voted in as the 45th U.S. president.

On the one hand, I find the Vargases’ action idiotic; I’m willing to bet that absolutely nothing has actually changed in their lives and personal circumstances over the past year, nor was it going to in the future, as a result of the last presidential election. On the other hand, I respect the couple for actually putting their money where their mouth is and going through with the “threat” so many on the left (not least various celebrities) seem to make whenever another right-of-centre HITLER gets elected.

On the balance – good on them. Very often when confronted by the political whinging about how terrible someone’s country is, I’m inclined to say “if you hate it that much, why suffer? why not move somewhere that is closer to what your preferred society looks like?” We, in the developed world, ironically have it the best: while the whinging is the least objectively justified, particularly when compared with the problems of the rest of the world, we also have it the easiest to actually move around. Relocating your whole life (and often that of your whole family) hundreds or thousand miles away is a big step, but isn’t your happiness ultimately more important? If you really love communism, move to Cuba; if you’re after some Euro-style social democracy, perhaps choose Scandinavia; if freedom and capitalism matter the most, then, comparatively speaking, the United States is still the goer.

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