Well, the United States has inaugurated it’s 45th President and undergone a peaceful transition of power. Just like in past elections, life goes on and people make necessary adjustments to the new reality. What’s important is not to put too much faith in a leader and his ability to “fix” things.
After all, some people put their trust in an Earthly
prince queen and were…disappointed.
Well, the 2016
clown show Election is over and for some the result was…disappointing. However, the results of this election won’t matter as much as people on both sides think. For wise preppers, life goes on no matter who lives in the White House.
There is an under-reported story that the mainstream media has largely ignored. In a nutshell, the computers in the White House were attacked by the Russians which caused a shutdown for over a week. This is big news but Official Washington isn’t saying much about it because it would cast the Obama Administration in a bad light. However, this event has bigger implications than any damage sustained by an increasingly marginalized, lame-duck President.
Since the 2014 midterms happened just a few days ago, I had some thoughts regarding the politics of prepping. In a sense, this will represent the denouement of both the political season and the recent Prepper Fest AZ expo in Scottsdale.
The ongoing urban decay in major cities like Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, and others is not only disturbing, it is harmful for those who live there. Some writers are asking the inevitable question, what caused this to happen?
City of Baltimore
Be careful what you ask for, you might get it.
One could say that Big Government begat Big Law. Jon Gabriel over at Ricochet delves into this issue and delivers this gem:
A state dedicated to ever-expanding rules requires ever-increasing enforcement. For years we’ve seen SWAT-style raids over organic farming, zoning violations and minor drug infractions. We meekly accept “free-speech zones” on college campuses and at political conventions, in which dissent is corralled into cages and supervised by armed guards.
The expansion of the state naturally encroaches upon the rights of the governed, which creates mistrust between the two. As we have seen in Ferguson, MO, this can have harmful affects that are felt far beyond that community’s boundaries.
Behold the heavy hand of the law. Yes, these are (ostensibly) civilian police officers operating within the US. Welcome to the new reality in law enforcement.
One of the recurring subjects here at Smart Suburban Survival is that people need to take responsibility for themselves. Broke, corrupt, and incompetent governments can’t be relied when the unexpected happens, it is imperative that citizens take steps to become better prepared. Instead of looking outwards towards the state as a savior, individuals should look inwards and assess what they can do better.
Jazz Shaw over at Hotair wrote about this subject, which contains the following gem:
(T)he only answers to these problems will be found not by way of more or better government, but by looking to ourselves and reviewing how we guide our families and interact with and support the families around us. It would involve rebuilding how we participate in and internally police our communities and supporting some sense of faith, be it in God by name or a simple acknowledgement of shared moral propriety and a group intolerance for the lack of same. The government can not change these things because we are the government. When we heal ourselves, the government will heal without effort, and it will happily find itself with far less work to do.
The solution to many problems is to change ourselves, our habits, and our outlook.
Odd how those who wish to disarm law-abiding firearms owners are the same ones arming criminals and terrorists.
State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) Credit: Liberty Voice
Over the few decades, citizens have voted with their feet as well as their wallets regarding firearms. Observant politicians and writers have noticed this trend, which has accelerated under the Obama Administration.
Credit: NY Daily News