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January 24, 2012
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” *Ronald Reagan*
The Socialist state is counting on having citizens who feels vulnerable and exposed in order to grow and further its grip on power. As Barack Obama’s former Chief of Staff, socialist Chicago hit man Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, said in 2009, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” He went on to describe how a “crisis” is a window of opportunity for the government to “do things it would not otherwise do.” Socialists like Emanuel depend on two factors to relieve the people of their Constitutional Liberties; incremental growth of government and the administrative state, and a national crisis. A modern crisis is less likely to be a “Wrath of God” event than it is to be a situation that is either implemented through design, or emerges because of the dutiful incompetence of bureaucrats and Leftist politicians.
Politicians, even the decent ones with good intentions, are by nature the fertilizer that makes government grow and flourish. One of the primary dangers posed by a big Socialist Nanny State is the illusion of omnipotence it projects as the alpha and omega of national well-being and security. I challenge all Americans to rewire their basic thought processes about the role(s) of government, and to view the state as the annoyance it is and not as the protector and provider that it isn’t.
Our best lines of defense against economic, natural, political, and personal crises are attitudes of self-sufficiency and ingenuity, as well as homes stocked with resources sufficient to weather a time of crises. Local, state or national, governments, and even emergency agencies like FEMA (the government) and the Red Cross, cannot be counted on to be equipped, efficient, and fast enough to provide for the needs of large numbers of people for extended periods of time. Emergencies WILL occur. But you can be shielded from harm and protected from want if you make your home a Crisis-Free Zone.
- Fuel Crisis: A spike in fuel costs that could potentially drive current gas prices into the stratosphere looms due to the refusal of President Obama to allow domestic energy development. Gas prices of 5, 6, 7$ per gallon, or more, would crush the budgets of already struggling families. It would fatally wound entire sectors of the economy, such as over-the-road trucking, and the travel industries. How do you prepare?
- Have food, medicine, and other daily necessities purchased today and stored in your home so that as your fuel expenses carve out a larger portion of your budget, the necessities of survival are not sacrificed. Grow your personal savings, buy things of tangible value like gold and silver, and keep several hundreds of dollars worth of cash on hand.
- Epidemic or Pandemic: AIDS, Bird Flu, Mad Cow Disease, Swine Flu…the list goes on of “public health emergencies” that have been either purposefully exaggerated by various arms of the government, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, or are examples of dismal efforts to anticipate the spread of communicable diseases. How do you prepare?
- Take charge of your health and live a lifestyle that will protect you from diseases like diabetes, obesity, and injuries from extreme recreational activities. Maintain your home storage of medicine, food, etc. so that if an epidemic/pandemic hits your town, you can stay “self-quarantined” for an extended period of time. Include surgical masks in your medical supplies.
- Economic Depression: Socialist policies ala FDR, LBJ and BHO always extend and worsen times of economic crisis in the United States. Don’t expect the government to quickly reverse course and repair the damage done to the economy by massive entitlement programs and obscene deficit spending. How do you prepare?
- Get out of all debt except for that which is essential to the basic necessities, like a home or modest car. Outline your family budget with a Food, Shelter, Utilities, Transportation type of prioritization. Eliminate expensive recreational activities. Buy groceries in bulk, store, and rotate them to minimize flexible expenses such as food costs. Forgo new clothes until you can afford them. Don’t buy or house pets you can’t afford. For more ideas please click here.
- Natural or Man-made Disaster: Natural disasters can occur unpredictably anywhere in the country. Rarely is the federal government helpful in the short-term, and it’s a dangerous proposition to wait for relief from an agency populated with bureaucrats. Whether it is a blizzard or a terrorist attack that shuts down your city, there are measures you can take to mitigate the danger that even widespread upheaval presents. How do you prepare?
- Have a disaster plan and an evacuation plan. Review and implement them with your family. Prepare your home to be a long-term shelter if the effects of the disaster are indirect and the best choice is to minimize travel and exposure. Prepare an evacuation kit if the effects of the disaster are direct and you must leave. Always obey evacuation orders from local agencies.
- Additional Resources for making your home a Crisis-Free Zone:
- LDS Provident Living
- Food Storage
- Disaster Planning for the Medically Fragile and those with Special Needs
- The Basics of Personal Protection for your home
The most important step you can take to prepare you and your family to weather a national crisis, whether authentic or devised by the state, is to remember that the government is not your source of safety or providence. Socialists in government have for decades executed a form of psychological warfare against the citizens of the United States. Statist propaganda spread in public schools and the Mainstream Media, or via contrived crises, denigrates the power of the individual to overcome adversity, and citizens are made to believe that some government agency must be their rescuer.
Rarely is the government your friend. That’s why the Founders gave us the 2nd Amendment. Your home, church, and community are within your purview of control. And that’s good news, because ordinary Americans can take simple measures to become extraordinarily prepared by making their homes Crisis-Free Zones.
By Marjorie Haun 1/24/12