A couple of years ago (when I was still foolish enough to get into Facebook political debates) I got into a Facebook political debate. I don’t even remember what the topic was, but I remember someone commenting that I didn’t have a right to an opinion because I chose to live outside the U.S.
That cut me to the core, because I love my country – and I’ve always considered myself a patriot. We vote, we pay taxes, and we’re keenly attuned to what’s happening back home and how the political climate is affecting not only U.S. citizens but people in many other countries. And we didn’t move to Panama to escape the political situation. We did it because travel is in our DNA and we’re driven to experience other countries and other cultures.
Debbie Goehring and her husband Ron are U.S. expats living on Omotepe Island in Nicaragua. Debbie writes an outstanding blog about their lives there, and she recently hit on this exact topic. Debbie’s post was so on point, and articulated so many of our values as proud U.S. citizens living in Panama, that we wanted to share it here.
“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.” ― Mark Twain Usually one of the first questions I am asked about being an expat besides the “What do you do in Nicaragua?” or “Are you a missionary?” is “Why did you leave America?” My response is that I never left America. I […]
Read the rest here: Love Your Country or Leave It? — Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua