As someone who grew up in and around El Paso, Texas many years ago, I started joking that the worst mistake Texas ever made was allowing the rest of the Union to join us. I've now come to believe it.
I now live in Outback Australia where I feel more free than I have on my recent trips back to the US. What I see on US news these days makes me alternately want to scream or cry for one of the countries I love, the land of my birth. I will most likely live out the rest of my days in the land Down Under, unless there is a radical change 'back home'.