“Do I then gather correctly that you aren’t one of those ex-pats who claim that America is going to hell in a handbasket*, that our freedoms are being eroded*, and that - if the s—t should ever hit the fan - one would be better off in some other country.
No you do not gather correctly.....
I do believe that the country of my birth and spent almost 60 years in is going down the tubes.
That was not my reason for leaving at the time. I was interested in exploring other countries, and at that time I had never even heard of Barckus Obumbo.
As I see what is happening there, I can not imagine trying to return and live on my small pension, or live in the hell that is facing the population. Add to that, I now have a wife and child.
We have a very nice and simple life on our beach.
So, you think that the U.S. has "gone farther down the tubes" than the Philippines? That the Philippines (in comparison to the U.S.) is a bastion of moral rectitude, a shrine to free enterprise, and a protector of civil liberties? Elections there are more honest? There is less social unrest? Muslim extremists have less of a foothold there in the Philippines? Acts of terrorism are less frequent? Your 2nd Amendment rights and thus your ability to protect your family in the event of a breakdown of civil order are in better shape than in the U.S.?
Sorry if it sounds like I'm spoiling for a fight, or beating a dead horse, but it's just that countless Freepers (and even others) have, in recent years, been extolling the virtues of foreign lands.
However, if, for you, it's a matter primarily of personal economics (i.e., getting by on a small purse)...