I’ve been asked on several occasions if we moved from the states because of political reasons…discontent. My answer is a firm no!
Again today, I received an email from another Vietnam veteran who is planning to come to Ecuador for his retirement. After several exchanges, he stated that his primary reason for leaving the states was because he was afraid his liberty was being threatened. Give me a break!!!
While we do love Ecuador and have made quite a nice life here, I have been stopped, without cause, 5 times this month at armed roadblocks. Each time, my documents are requested and we are treated sternly, without common courtesy. Even today, as Diane rode her scooter to tennis, she was stopped at a roadblock close to home. There is no requirement for probable cause.
Only recently has Ecuador begun the process of moving from a “guilty until proven innocent” legal system to an “innocent until proven guilty” system. The old ways still prevail in many outlying areas and the mentality will take longer to change than the laws.
One cannot practically own guns here. I understand there is a process but it isn’t easy! The United States is still the gun owners Mecca on the whole planet!
All Ecuadorian residents are issued a national I.D. card (cedula) and many purchases are logged using your cedula number. Conspiracy theorists would freak out!!!
Oh…the picture below has absolutely NOTHING to do with this subject at all. I just liked it. The Pocket Babe headed to tennis on her scooter. She LOVES her scooter. Okay…back to the subject!
Many crimes go unpunished and often un-investigated. The system of justice in Ecuador does not approach the quality of the justice system in the United States. If you are involved in a traffic accident, it is not uncommon for both drivers to be taken to jail while the investigation ensues. While in jail, your family must provide food for you as the jails do not and there is no guarantee that you will even be able to make a phone call.
Recently, Ecuador’s President called for an investigation of those who were tweeting their displeasure at his administration. Yep! Freedom of speech? Not so much!
I am only writing of these things because some folks allow their emotions to lead them down the wrong path for the wrong reasons.
If you decide to leave the United States to live elsewhere on the globe, good for you! We did it and many others have done it and will do it in the future. We remain thrilled with our choice. Just don’t be fooled into believing all the crap some would have you believe about loss of “liberty” and “freedom” in the States and “we want our country back”. They are just sore losers because their party lost the last Presidential election.
There is nowhere on the face of the planet where one can live with as much freedom as is available to the citizens of the United States. There are other wonderful places on the planet for sure but when you tell me that you are leaving the states in search of more liberty, I have to call “bullshit”. You don’t have any idea what you are talking about and I stop listening at that point.
Now that I think of it, maybe you do need to move offshore to another country. Some folks learn more slowly than others.