Would Sean Penn really find life better in his beloved Venezuela? Not if he got on the wrong side of strongman Hugo Chavez. And where will Cher flee to, should Romney win? In what other nation could Cher — a high school dropout, who came from a background of poverty — find the success she now enjoys?
That’s what makes the JetBlue promotion genius. It recognizes that for all the dire warnings about “the other guy” winning, we will remain the most exceptional nation in the world.
A senior vice president for the firm said, “We’ve all heard it said before: if my candidate does not win, I’m leaving the country. Fun is one of our five founding values, and in this spirit, we decided to give people a chance to recover from the political noise and follow through on their claim to skip town if their candidate comes up short.”
There’s value in that, of course. Some conservative organizations regularly plan a Caribbean cruise in the weeks following the election. Presumably, passengers can rub shoulders with pundits who all have detailed explanations for why events occurred as they did. The rum drinks probably help, too.
But it’s not uncommon to hear celebrities (who can afford it) talk about leaving the country if (usually) the conservative wins.
A partial list includes Barbara Streisand, Seal, Tina Fey, Michael Stipe, Susan Sarandon, and even a couple of Baldwin brothers (Alec, if Bush was to win in 2008, and Stephen, if Obama was to win).
Evidently, they changed their minds. We bet we know why; little else changed.
Sure, the differences between the Democrats and the Republicans are being emphasized and magnified now; that’s what a campaign is all about. But think about it; how much did your own personal life change, as a direct result of the election of either George W. Bush (in 2000 and 2004) or Barack Obama (in 2008)?
Wars occurred; but those were launched with bipartisan support. The economy plummeted; but the fundamental problem was a mortgage financing and guarantee system that removed “moral hazard.” That system was a bipartisan creation.
But for the most part, we all just kept living our lives — in the most powerful, secure, prosperous and hopeful country in the world.