A couple of months ago I wrote an article that got a ton of comments… nearly 500 to be precise.
I am trying to remember, what was that article all about? Oh yes, now I recall… “It’s time to get out…”
In that article, I talked about my feeling that the USA is falling apart, and that it is time to get out while you still can.
I really had no intention or desire to visit that topic again so soon, but today, I feel that I have to go back there again.
In the article I talked about crumbling infrastructure in the USA. I talked about civil unrest. I talked about the coming race wars in the country. Violence that you will want to avoid. I was not, and am not trying to sensationalize the situation, I truly believe that the time has come when it will be a wise choice to get the heck out of Dodge. In the past 2 months, since I published that article here on LiP, things have only gotten worse in my view. I feel that it is now MORE critical that you leave the USA. I am not trying to be an alarmist, I am just saying what I see to be the truth. If you think I am wrong, maybe it would be wise to step back and look at facts and incidents that have happened in just recent times.
I am writing this the day before publication, so it is very fresh. As I type this article, it was last night Philippine time that a former journalist in Virginia killed two of his former colleagues on live TV. Bang, bang… they were dead. In that earlier article I talked about racial unrest. Some people said that I was off base. Well, in this incident, the accused killer, Vester Lee Flanagan, explicitly said that he wanted a race war. He did the killing due to racial issues. He also included issues of sexual preference as well. In fact, in the past months we have had race riots in many places around the USA:
- Roanoke, VA
- Baltimore, MD
- Ferguson, MO (back again to commemorate last year’s racial tensions)
- Now in Virginia
- St. Louis, MO
- Minneapolis, MN
- North Carolina
- Arlington, TX
- Charleston, SC
Police officers are being killed regularly in the USA. Just in the past 5 days two policemen have been killed in Louisiana. Anyway, anybody who watches the news can clearly see that things are not good in American society.
Of course, bad things happen everywhere, including here in the Philippines. However, these are becoming regular daily occurrences in the USA, it seems. I remember the days when if there was some kind of mass shooting in the USA, it was a shocking event. Now it is just another thing on the news, and it is on the news seemingly daily, or at least weekly.
When will it stop?
Well, unfortunately, it probably is only getting started, and I don’t think it will stop anytime soon. I am very sad to say that, but it is what I honestly believe.
Is this the type of environment in which you want to live? Where you want to raise your family? As I look at the things happening, I find myself feeling relieved that I am away from all of that now, and that my kids are growing up in a more peaceful society. As I already acknowledged, bad things happen in the Philippines, and everywhere else in the world as well. But, not with that type of intensity, and certainly not with the same frequency either. In fact, things like this type of violence is quite rare here. We can no longer call such incidents rare in the USA, though. That is why I feel strongly that the time to leave is now.
Of course, if you are of the mind to do so your other option is to dig in your heels and stay there, and fight for a return to normalcy. But, it will take millions of people to do that in order to make a difference. I honestly hope that would happen, but I don’t see any indication that people are willing to do that.
Waiting for retirement
I always hear a lot of people saying that they are just waiting for their retirement so that they can make the move to the Philippines. It is understandable, because they want to take advantage of the retirement that they will have earned when it is retirement time. I hope you can make it until it is time to retire, but I am unsure about that. I also feel that it is possible to come here before retirement and still have a good life. I know that is what I did and it worked out for me. I also understand, though, that for some people it just is not possible, especially if you are just a few years away from being able to retire. But, if you are in those shoes, I would be keeping a close eye on events, in case the time comes when you just have to leave.
I know it sounds very extremest to say that the time might come when you have to leave. I am not a conspiracy theorist, or an alarmist, but the spiral downwards is not slowing.. in fact quite the opposite.
Good luck to you guys in the USA… all I can say, though, is that I am glad not to be one of the people still living there.