It seems that some people are getting a little carried away since the election. Even Donald Trump has made statements on Twitter that seem to incite violence. Is Donald Trump guilty of sedition?
“We should have a revolution in this country.” That was the opinion of Donald Trump after President Obama won re-election…
Prepography is devoted to preparedness and self reliance. You have the chance to encourage us to be more self reliance as a nation because today we exercise the franchise we’ve inherited through the blood of our forefathers (as well as the 15th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution). As my regular readers know, I’m not a fan of either of our state-sanctioned political parties but I believe our choice this year is clear.
Our choices are between a vote for ‘big government’ or ‘really, really big government.’ When faced with these options I encourage you to vote for the lesser of two evils and cast your vote for those pesky big government Republicans.
Starting tomorrow, or whenever the Supreme Court has declared the winner…it’s time to begin lobbying our President-Elect or President-Reelect, Congressmen and women, State and Local officials to start the process of dismantling The State of Entitlement we’ve created and get the U.S. back to work!
Vote against Bread and Circuses…or at least as close as you can get…
It seems like everywhere I look these days I see zombies. Even the government has jumped on the Zombie bandwagon with the Centers for Disease Control’s Zombie Preparedness Program and $1,000 per trainee Zombie Apocalypse themed counter terrorism training. There are zombie TV shows (Walking Dead just began it’s 3rd season), zombie ‘history’ books like World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, zombie comic books, zombie runs, Tactical Bleeding Zombie Shooting Targets, Zombie Garden Gnomes, Zombie Foot Dog Chew Toys, Zombie Gun Cleaning Systems, and I even saw a Zombie Family Decal on the back of a mini-van last week. Ask most people what their zombie apocalypse survival plan is and you’ll actually get an answer…that they’ve thought through. In this Halloween edition of Prepography we’ll discuss why I think everyone’s talking about zombies and what zombie preparedness is really about. Continue reading
Yesterday I asked the question: What is the most important song in America?
I know…it’s a strange question to ask on a website focused on liberty, self reliance and preparedness but I had a reason for asking it…and I dropped you a hint by focusing it “in America.” [Aside: Usually you won't catch me referring to the U.S. as 'America' as Canadians, Mexicans, Panamanians, Argentinians are all as 'American' as I am...but 'in the U.S.' would have been giving away my answer.]
The answer to the question is…of course, The Star Spangled Banner.
Besides being the National Anthem of the U.S since 1931, the Star Spangled Banner was written (the poem, not the melody which was borrowed from an older tune) to commemorate the resilience of Fort McHenry during the third great test (after the Revolutionary war and the transition from a Confederation to a Republic). See below for more on the story of how Francis Scott Key came to write the Anthem.
Why do I bring this up today…because earlier this week a major news organization elected to act disrespectfully towards this revered symbol of the our nation and liberty. Here is Mediaite’s description of the event. Continue reading
There is a wealth of information available from the U.S. Government to help you become more self reliant…unfortunately there is another narrative…this newer narrative is the government actively discouraging self reliance and encouraging dependence. I see this new narrative as a growing trend with more and more messages like this one highlighted by the Washington Examiner:
More Americans rely on their families for assistance than the government, so federal officials have undertaken an effort to help people to apply for federal assistance.
“Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you,” USA.gov announced today. The ”government made easy’ website has created a “help for difficult financial times” page for people to learn more about the programs.
The government got that statistic from a poll asking Americans what helps them the most during tough times. Here are the results:
- Savings 44%
- Family 21%
- Credit cards/loans 20%
- Government assistance 15%
CNN provides another example of this message of dependence being broadcast from our nation’s leaders:
More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program. Continue reading
Note from Andrew: The complete Why Prep Series has now been consolidated HERE.
Last week in Why Prep, the Introduction we briefly discussed the fragility of the status quo and clarified that preparedness is not about getting ready for the ‘end of the world’… it’s about building the skills, resources and resilience to endure the transition periods following dramatic financial, environmental, societal or individual life changes. If you haven’t read the introduction yet, I recommend that you read it before continuing by clicking on the hyperlink near the start of this paragraph..
Today we’re going to take a look at some current and historical situations and events that are/were much more survivable (financial and otherwise) for those that took the time to prepare. For brevity’s sake I have chosen a small sampling of the historical examples available and have chosen not to include many areas of perpetual warfare (Cyprus, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Palestine/Israel, Northern Ireland, etc.).
Note: The links included go to articles or preselected internet searches (to make results more timely) in case you’re interested in doing additional reading on that subject. For convenience, these examples are listed by continent although many of the events/situations spanned multiple continents. Continue reading
Note from Andrew: Today I’m pleased to present the second article in a periodic column by my friend Roger Reality. Roger has been a key mentor in my life particularly with regard to critical thinking and analysis, and as you will see…he speaks with passion. Enjoy.
President Obama has been actively and correctly bludgeoned for his passionate, bold and philosophically accurate (for him) statement in Roanoke, VA claiming that businesses are not built by those that start, own, manage, build, expand, sell and/or fail at them but rather by “somebody else”, by which the President meant, in context, the government. This claim is truly and staunchly held by the President and virtually all other Socialists, Communists, Collectivists, and the various in-bred philosophies that they have spawned. At their core, these philosophies are fixated on a massive, bloated, inept “governmental apparatus” collecting from its subjects (money, liberty, self-reliance, guns, etc.); monitoring its subjects (speech, religious views, electrical consumption, carbon footprints, “inappropriate” political views, medical care, etc.); and dictating to its subjects (how much and to whom “charity” is provided, the property you can own, who provides medical care, and many thousands of other aspects of life through laws, regulations, and policies designed to give Government control over virtually every facet of life). I will defer an examination of that Reality for a future column but it is germane to grasp how automatically and convulsively President Obama extolled his belief that government, not business owners, not “hardworking people” as he called them “built that”.
What surprises, baffles, and angers me about the fierce media debate and advertising melee that ensued is that no one that I have seen or heard has properly framed the actual fatal flaw in Mr. Obama’s statement and thus logic!! Mr. Obama’s claim is as ludicrous as it is disrespectful! The traditional media have utterly and probably intentionally missed the point!! The Reality is that even the “roads and bridges” that the Obama Administration and campaign ultimately pointed to in order to explain the President’s comments WERE NOT BUILT BY THE GOVERNMENT!!
In his book, 1984, George Orwell described a despotic society so controlling that it modified the English language to make ‘thoughtcrime’…unthinkable. The language Orwell described as ‘Newspeak’ was based on English but pared down to the absolute minimum with all words used to describe politically incorrect ideas removed.
…two emails from the DNC host committee referring to the Charlotte venue where President Obama will speak as “Panthers Stadium.”
It’s the place where the Panthers play, but it’s actually called Bank of America stadium.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) seems to be engaging in a bit of ‘Newspeak’ of its own. It seems that all the money Bank of America (BOA) spent to have the stadium named after the company wasn’t good enough for the DNC to call it by…its name. Maybe if Bank of America didn’t fit into the ‘evil bankers’ dialog they wouldn’t have had their (named) stadium renamed by the DNC. Yes, BOA has been at the center of mortgage transfer scandals…but this is just one example of the spin and massaging of the dialog that has become more and more commonplace recently. For further examples just look at how many entitlements are now being described as ‘rights’ by Democratic politicians.
In case you think I’m unfairly targeting one party let me assure you that the Republicans massage the language as well…imagine how hard it would have been to pass the “Trade a Bunch of Your Freedoms in For a False Sense of Security Act” during the Bush presidency. Doesn’t ‘The Patriot Act’ sound so much more appealing…if less accurate.
Blackwhite- The ability to accept whatever “truth” the party puts out, no matter how absurd it may be. Orwell described it as “…loyal willingness to say black is white when party discipline demands this. It also means the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know black is white, and forget that one has ever believed the contrary.”
Newspeak – The official language of Oceania. Newspeak is “politically correct” speech taken to its maximum extent. Newspeak is based on standard English, but all words describing “unorthodox” political ideas have been removed. In addition, there was an attempt to remove the overall number of words in general, to limit the range of ideas that could be expressed.
Andrew’s Note: As of 9/15/2012 the Newspeak Dictionary Website has been down for a couple of weeks. I’ll keep the link active for now in the hopes that it’s a temporary situation.
The mainstream media thrives on stories about politicians who have trouble keeping their pants on, staying out of the wrong beds, or fathering the occasional ‘love child.’ If the political scandal being reported doesn’t revolve around sex than it likely involves some type of influence peddling for profit. Politicians are people too (all evidence to the contrary)… so they reflect all of our foibles and because they operate in an environment with incredible temptations (big money, big power, and big libidos apparently) and incredible visibility…we get lots of front page news.
I propose to you that for all the ink and digits that go into reporting on the types of political scandals above the biggest U.S. political scandals involve issues that are much less base and much more heinous. The real ‘political’ scandals involve clandestine operations to further the ideological goals or illicit retention of power. Based on this definition, the three biggest political scandals of the last 40 years are:
The biggest U.S. political scandals of the last forty years certainly don’t bode well for our future unless we insist that our public servants to take the moral, ethical and legal requirements of their duties more seriously. We started this run of scandals with a property crime but have now progressed to providing weapons to supporters of terrorism and criminals.
In it’s recent decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare the Supreme Court seems to have granted government the power to assess taxes for not taking action. In this case, a tax penalty for not purchasing health insurance. With government now granted this new power I stopped to ponder what other ‘inactions’ the government may decide to tax.
With unemployment stuck above 8%, congressional Democrats and Republicans blasted each other Friday for blocking legislation that would help create new jobs and spark stronger economic growth. Both parties have a number of proposals on the table, but with the campaign now in full swing neither side expects anything to pass before Election Day.
It’s time for both parties to realize that there’s no such thing as a jobs bill. Yes, Congress can appropriate money to spend on government jobs or hire contractors to perform services…but those jobs don’t add to the Gross National Product or are temporary (respectively). The only way to get private enterprise to take the risk and hire is to provide us with a stable regulatory, tax, legislative and judicial (if possible) environments. Government schemes to give sweetheart deals, create artificial markets (like France’ recent requirement for drivers to provide their own breathalyzers),
redistribute drive wealth to special interests or cater to policy lobbies robs us of our liberty and economic opportunity.