For all of us, the seed of our anger and determination to fight back, each in our own way, is the sense of betrayal by the very country that we once thought was the source and embodiment of the values we hold dear, of the truths we hold as self-evident. We are angry because we carry those values within us, no matter where we live. So you see, those values, those truths are not dead. They live in us.
That is what I thought a month ago as I walked away from the US embassy in Toronto, having applied to renew my US passport. It is what I will think in the months ahead when I send in my 1040 by registered mail, and when I waive my own Fifth Amendment rights by submitting the FBAR document. It is what I will think when I cast my vote in November for President of the United States. And I will think the same thing every time I rejoice with each of you who renounce or relinquish.
The American ideals aren’t American anymore. They never were, because they are a product of the human spirit, and we, the American expats, have carried them to the ends of the earth.