Life in Homeland America- Are Hard Times Ahead?
( The following post was originally published in May 2016, But the question of what lies ahead for America still remains.)
As I sit in my “Hamshack” (office) gazing out at a beautiful spring day in the Ozarks, I’m reminded of how fortunate we are as Americans. Then, as my eye is drawn to the ticker of news at the bottom of my TV screen, my pleasant reverie is quickly gone!
Most of the news is so terrible that we become immune to it.
“50 Christians beheaded by ISIS”
“Suicide bomber kills 20”
“Russian fighters buzzing US Navy ships”
“Borders ignored daily by waves of immigrants”
I’m just numb. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the horror of watching our nation being pillaged by self-serving politicians, our Constitution being systematically rewritten, our freedom to live our life as we wish being constantly stripped away if you are a Christian and not gay, our military left a fragmented ghost of itself, and insane environmentalists who think we should go back to a pre-industrial society.
It just goes on and on, ad nauseum!
There is no unbiased news left in this country. Every channel spins a view designed to reflect what polls and surveys say their viewers want to see, be it liberal or conservative.
One thing is certain, values that made America great are vanishing quickly under an unending assault from every side.
What to do?
It seems many of us are just paralyzed by all of the negativity. To me that is just as bad as surrendering to our enemies. These people are like a deer caught in the headlight, waiting to be hit.
All they hope is that America lasts long enough for them to get old and die, and the hell with those who come after!
But you’re not like that, or you wouldn’t still be reading this.
No, like you I’m here because I believe that there is something we can all do but we have to be positioned for what is coming. We know that big changes are on the horizon. As much as we Americans know we are the luckiest people on the earth to live in this country, we are still just people.
Everything we think and do has been done in the past. We need to look only to history to foresee the future. No nation in history has turned its back on God, the Bible, and moral values and survived for long.
There is a reckoning coming!
How long can we survive when we have more and more people on government assistance and fewer people working to pay for that assistance? Even as I write this, I hear on the news how the candidates for our next president are proposing more outrageous ideas. I’m horrified at these idiots and even more horrified by my fellow citizen’s stupidity. I don’t want any of them.
Remember “Brewster’s Millions”? Richard Pryor had it right with his “none of the above campaign”!
Are we too late?
One thing is certain- hard times are ahead. Since the end of WWII our government has been writing checks it’s unable to cash. Every sitting president raises the “national debt ceiling” to get us in deeper. (This president has outdone all his predecessors by a huge margin). Do they think we can just push a button and whoosh, away goes the trillions we owe other countries?
Wars start over far less, although given our current bunch of apologists in DC, it’s far more likely we will just start handing over more and more of our assets.
That doesn’t even begin to look at the extreme likelihood of crippling terrorist attacks or some other form of event causing massive disruption or even complete collapse of the society we live in.
Even if one of the many natural disasters that are possible doesn’t occur, there can be no doubt that hard times are inevitable.
Are you prepared to pay your share of the national debt?
Consider this: the outstanding public debt as of 16 May 2016 at 12:26:36 AM is $19, 207, 533,703,039.72! The estimated population of the United States is 322, 962,199. That means each of us owes $59,473.01 and that includes every newborn baby!
The national debt has continued to increase an average of $2.37 billion per day since September 30, 2012.
Concerned? Let me repeat that. The national debt has continued to increase an average of $2.37 BILLION per day since September 30, 2012!
The foreign country we owe the most debt to is China. Over the past few years China has been quietly buying up most of the gold and silver available on the world market. The best reason given for them doing that is they may be planning to move their currency out of US dollars (“fiat currency”, i.e. paper money) and into precious metals.
That would protect their money against a crash in the US economy.
No form of money that is not backed by gold and silver has ever lasted more than one century. We are fast going that same way. If we fail to make our interest payments to China in “spendable money” they have the right to demand all that we owe them in the form of those “hard assets”. How about Alaska and Hawaii? Farfetched? Think again. This is as real as it gets.
Something has to give and no one knows what may happen.
No matter what disaster happens, we have two basic choices. One is to live it up until the collapse comes and then commit suicide (think Great Depression). The other choice? Prepare now!
Of course, the moment I say “prepare” visions of crazed right wing militant groups pass before our eyes. That’s no surprise since that’s how the media has been portraying anyone with enough sense to be ready for anything. Being ready for hard times is not foolish or stupid.
I read just the other day that the Sandy Hook shooter came from a “prepper” family. Anyone who has more than three days’ worth of food and supplies is regarded as a crackpot or worse.
The term prepper should be a badge of honor, not derision. The Boy Scout’s motto is “be prepared”! But they’re also now considered to be a fringe organization
But what about all the preparations the government urges us to make for natural disasters? If you live in the Midwest, you are urged to have a tornado shelter. Those who live on a coast are told to be ready to “bug out” due to a hurricane. And how about those who live on an earthquake fault line. Their preparations involve how buildings are built and how their possessions are to be displayed.
In each of these scenarios the common thread is to be ready for an extended disruption of core services such as power out, roads out, hospitals overflowing, and no water or sewage disposal.
If the idea of considering what life is like after a major event makes you uncomfortable, good!
Past disaster scenarios
One of the most popular mantras I hear repeated is, “It took FEMA three days to get water to the Superdome.” Who can forget those pictures? Looting and attacks were widespread. First responders were unable to communicate or even move around. And that was only a Cat. 3 hurricane!
Things were even worse in Miami after Andrew and the news has reports every day of calamity striking around the world without warning!
I live in rural SW Missouri where power routinely goes out, roads wash out, and storms are commonplace. Around here you are expected to be able to survive at least a week or so without aid.
Now that I’ve got you thoroughly depressed, let’s change directions. No matter where you live, it’s not that hard to take a few simple steps to ensure your family’s safety.
That’s what I’m here to do, to help you find the best, easiest, and lowest cost solutions.
I would like this blog to be a place where people who want to be ready for what may come can find answers and solidarity.
This is not a place for cultists waiting for the mothership to return, reports of black helicopters circling, or any other part of the “tinfoil hat club”!
While I’m proud to say I’m a Christian, this is not the place for that either. I don’t care what your personal beliefs are beyond a pride in being a free person who takes responsibility for one’s self.
If that’s who you are and you want to be ready for an uncertain future, then welcome! I’m glad to meet you! Not only will you learn about sustainable living, you will be able to take part in the discussions and maybe even make a lot of new friends!
Who I Am
First let me tell you about me. I’m 58 years old, married with 8 adult children and 7 grandchildren. I have lived all over the U.S., including 15 years in a “bush home” in Interior Alaska.
I have sailed, used, worked as a captain, cruised, lived aboard sail and power boats on both coasts and the Gulf of Mexico and have worked on ranches in Texas, Wyoming, and many other places.
Most relevant, I have designed, built, and installed power systems (think Renewable Energy) in remote locations from Barrow, Alaska to the Florida Keys. My advice won’t be some half-baked ideas I’ve gotten out of a book. It will be based on years of finding out what works and what doesn’t.
While I didn’t know it for many years, I have practiced “prepping” and sustainable living long before either term existed. I grew up in the height of the “Cold War”, when nuclear war was thought to be inevitable.
My mother read “Mother Earth News” faithfully, and my Dad kept a large cache of “survival food” in the attic of our home as well as lots of guns and ammo. We always had a “summer cabin” far from the city, as well. Nowadays that would be called a “bug-out location” in prepper terminology. I guess you could call them “redneck hippies”, although they would have been horrified by the term! Both were hard working, well-educated and self-reliant professionals who weren’t ashamed to prepare for anything that might come.
My wife and my mother have been after me to start writing for years, and now seems to be the right time! Let me say that I don’t consider myself to be an expert in any one subject but I have had a ton of experience and have made a lot of the more stupid mistakes and learned a little about what does and doesn’t work along the way.
My wife LeaAnn and I live on 5 acres of hilly woods in the Missouri Ozarks with two of our grandchildren, five dogs, 3 parrots (one who talks a lot more than he should), one cat, assorted chickens, rabbits, and an eclectic bunch of people who just show up at our dinner table!
I’m an active ham radio operator and spend at least a small portion of each day listening and talking worldwide.
Let me make myself clear: I DON’T have an underground bunker or a huge collection of weapons and ammo or any opinions about your personal beliefs! (but I may have a stash of tinfoil somewhere left over from my more youthful days…).
What we do have is the ability to take care of our own through almost any event. Obviously some things are unforeseeable and by their nature impossible to prepare for.
How about you?
OK, enough about us. Now it’s your turn!
I’m eager to meet you and learn about your plans and concerns. Remember that we are here to help one another, not to be hateful. ANY posts involving slurs about race, religion, or hate will be deleted and the writer barred!
I can’t wait to see where this takes us! I’m eager to hear about you and your thoughts and suggestions.
I’m preparing a free report on how to take the first steps in creating a basic, low cost power system. This should enable you to have Off Grid lights, radio, and phone/Wi-Fi service (if available in your area.)
No, I’m NOT going to try to sell you a bunch of stuff that only I can provide. Everything I’ll show you is as near as your local “W” store or any of the online retailers (think ebay, Amazon, etc.)
All you have to do to get this report is to go to the Free Report niche on the right side of this page and fill it in. I will never share any info you give me with anyone! I will publish your questions and relevant comments (except hate/racist) without any personal identification.
If you want to submit a guest blog, I’d love to see if it fits this blog and I’ll provide links to your sites with your permission.
OK, official stuff is out of the way! Let’s get this show on the road! I’ve got a garden to water, critters to feed, people to see and places to go.
See you soon!