(Previously published. Significantly updated and corrected in October, 2015 to answer a whole slew of “but does the law allow me to …. ? questions. If the law doesn’t say you can’t, you can)
OK, if you’re reading this and you are under the age of 14, go away. We’re both breaking some kind of federal law about making this site “child safe” or some other kind of federal anti this or anti that act, and I am not about to start complying, so run home and tell your mamma the mean old man said you had to leave. Bad words might be said.
If you’re 14 or older, here’s a few words you need to know … unpleasant or not … and I won’t be exercising any “delicadeza”. so the talk here will be “bold”.
(God, I could write three blog posts on the word ‘bold’, especially the many totally inaccurate ways it is used in Philippine conversation)
but we’ll save the four-letter worlds like b-o-l-d for another day, many of my readers aren’t up to handling real four-letter words just yet.
OK ready for today’s bad word?
- 1 OK ready for today’s bad word?
- 2 Permissive.
- 3 OMG, what he just said!
- 4 Am I even allowed to write that stuff on the ‘Net?
- 5 Let me tell you a story that might illustrate one of the reasons this issue upsets me.
- 6 The “Rule Book of Moving to the Philippines”:
- 7 There is nothing wrong with the word “permissive”.
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OMG, what he just said!
A dictionary definition or two for permissive?
- granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline; “direct primary legislation is largely permissive rather than prescriptive” (my emphasis)
Which of course leads us to:
- permissiveness – a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
- permissiveness – The relative likelihood of something or someone to grant permission or allow something to happen
Am I even allowed to write that stuff on the ‘Net?
Well I assert I am, but some of you possibly think not. Just like the word “gay” which used to mean something happy, rather than today’s unavoidable descent into contention over sexual preferences.
Or the perfectly useful and once non-contentious words “conservative”, “liberal” (believe it or not, I am old enough to remember when those words could be said without an accompanying spit).
Our subject word, “permissive” seems to have evolved from something that is at worst, neutral, in to some sort of curse word in today’s society.
I am at a loss to figure out why, but it’s one of those things about becoming a “mature American” that I dislike. The complete loss of the meaning of freedom that has descended upon my poor country.
When did “permissive” become bad?
It should be good, IMO unless you are a Nazi or a sadist. shouldn’t it? The literal perversion of the idea of being permissive is sad, to say the least.
Let me tell you a story that might illustrate one of the reasons this issue upsets me.
One of the world-wide icons of America (and a huge business, by the way), is NASCAR racing. We once called it stock car racing, but there isn’t anything stock about it any more since the government decreed Bill France could own a huge segment of America personally … a story for another time.
Smokey is a true American legend … a World War II combat pilot who made it back alive and decided to make a career out of the new US ‘niche market’ of (so-called) stock car racing.
Smokey was a very talented man at making cars go fast, but one of his chief obstacles was the NASCAR “rule book”. It seemed that every time he had a great idea to make his cars go faster, up would pop some newly minted rule that held him back.
You Don’t Have To Be Told That You Can
Then, one day he had his own personal epiphany and life was never again the same for Smokey (or for racing, for that matter). In his own words:
Trying to figure out NASCAR’s rule book threw me at first. Then, after studying the rules from all sides, I realized I’d made a colossal mistake. I’d been reading the rule book to see what it said. And all along what I should have been doing was finding out what it didn’t say. (my emphasis)
From then on he became one of racing’s most successful (and wealthy) mechanics, team leaders and car owners. Although he’s long gone now, one of his most famous sayings (again, regarding that infamous rule book) is:
“It didn’t say I couldn’t.”
So if you are still with me, counting up the words here I note we are close to 700 and we haven’t mentioned living in the Philippines yet. Are you ready?
The “Rule Book of Moving to the Philippines”:
The reason I was inspired to write this article was the almost universal common thread I get in all the questions I receive and even in many of the searches I see people make of this web site.
Everyone interested in living in the Philippines, moving to the Philippines, retiring in the Philippines, et. al, seems to be focused on one basic question … and it is one, if they took the time to think things through, they need not ask.
Ask not if the ‘rule book” gives you permission … just avoid the very few specific places it tells you that you can not.
Believe it or not, you were born free.
And believe it or not the basis of laws, in the Philippines or the USA are permissive in nature.
See the first definition above.
Let me give you a quick example or two.
Question after question after question I get involves some point state law in one of the 50 US states … usually about taxes or voting.
Some of these are relatively simple, some are hard enough to make a good lawyer get a headache, but all of them can be so easily dealt with it is breathtaking simple for some people.
If you live in the Philippines the laws of any US state do not directly apply to you.
I can hear the rumble coming, especially from Californians already, so please read the next sentence before you fire off your comments.
There is no law that required you to be the resident of any US state. Period.
So if your state (as California and some others do) have laws that attempt to pickpocket your income, even when you don’t live there, then think about this. Either change your state of residence or don’t have any state of residence. There is no law that says you can’t!
Not long ago I got a query regarding driver’s licenses here in the Philippines. Under Philippine law you can get a Philippine driver’s license issued based on any home country license you hold. This reader was worrying over the fact he didn’t have a license from any of the 50 US states (he does hold one from a US government agency).
Well guess what? No law says you have to have a state license. Once again, the law is permissive in nature, not restrictive.
You Don’t Need Any US-based Permission to Live Where You Please
Another reader got himself all wrapped around the axle regarding Medicare, Medicare benefits overseas and what he couldn’t do regarding living in the Philippines. His problem revolved around this.
- He knew he was going to need an expensive operation.
- He was actually waiting until he became eligible for his Medicare to become effective to [pay for the operation.
- He already knew he wanted the operation in a particular hospital in a particular US state, from a particular doctor. he was just waiting to grow older 😉
So what was his issue you might ask? Simple.
Because MEDICARE does not pay for benefits received from medical providers in foreign countries and because he already had his decisions made about his upcoming medical care, he had somehow construed this to mean he needed to maintain a residence (including a physical domicile … a house or an apartment, as an example) in the USA.
In particular he was quite worried that if he moved to the Philippines and US Social Security “found out”, then he wouldn’t be able to have his future operation.
Even though he really wanted to move to the Philippines he felt he was “stuck” … held back by the rules.
Well virtually every American citizen is entitle to Medicare, and where you live has absolutely nothing to do with your entitlement or lack of same.
Where you can receive care is restricted by the rules (see www.ssa.gov if you want to know more), but it is the right of an American citizen to live anywhere on earth that the laws of the US do not say s/he can not.
So do I mean that one could go live in the Philippines for some years and then return to the USA to have an operation paid for by Medicare? Yes, of course I am saying that, there is no law which says you can not (and I know more than one Philippines expat who has done just this.
The Social security Administration … nor any other government agency for that matter … does not have to give you permission to move somewhere, period.
There is nothing wrong with the word “permissive”.
The US Constitution, the Philippine Constitution, under some interpretations, even the Holy Bible are permissive in nature.
If God or the government didn’t say you couldn’t, then you can.
Thanks for a Life Lesson, Smokey.
Thanks for teaching that to us, Smokey, may your cars always run fast and pass tech, my friend. Keep turning left forever.