Dear Editor, The letters columns are filled with anguished Democrats vowing to fight on. They are free to carry on this rear-guard action, but I've found a great personal release from these anxieties. I'm leaving the country. Conscious Americans must realize that they are citizens of an aggressive empire in decline. All previous empires have fallen. One remains. Kerry would have prolonged the decline. Bush will hasten it. The USA is militarily strong, economically weakening, and already politically weak due to its shattered credibility. Its only allies are bought or coerced. World public opinion is united as never before in opposition. Latin America is moving steadily out of U.S. control. The USA only gets grudging cooperation because it has the world's largest economy, in which the whole world's capitalist class is financially involved. But try to name any country that would make a significant military contribution to a U.S.-led coalition attacking Iran. In addition to lacking allies, the U.S. military is already overextended with no change in sight short of a draft, which would trigger massive resistance. A deeply divided U.S. electorate further weakens Bush's position. Besides white racism, Americans voted for Bush because they are, on a very basic level, aware of their privileged status in the world and want a tough guy to help them keep it. Those beliefs will ultimately lead to an insoluble crisis, and Republicans, Democrats, Greens, et al, will go down on the same ship.