Sunday, August 28, 2016

Collapse Scenario: Trump Wins, but the Political Class Refuses to Recognize His Victory

This post is, right  now, just a piece of fiction. - a What If? scenario of events that could lead to the collapse of the United States as we know it. Think of it as a form of war gaming, imagining and planning for unlikely, but not impossible, events. I do not claim these events will unfold in this manner, and I certainly have no special knowledge of the future. But, for the first time in my life, a collapse of Constitutional rule in America is imaginable. 

[Note: If the mechanics of how the collapse may occur doesn't interest you, and you just want the bottom-line of what to do, you can skip the next two sections, and read the last section - My Takeaways, or What To Do...]

Trump Wins The Election

It is November, the Monday before the election. At this point, all polls show an extremely tight race, with most of them pointing to a victory by Hillary Clinton. But all polls, even those with Clinton winning, are within the margin of error. Despite this fact, most pundits in the media are confident of a Clinton victory on Tuesday.

Tuesday dawns, and voting begins. Despite the heated rhetoric of this election, voting is going smoothly almost everywhere. There are a few scattered anti-Trump and #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations, but these are all small and relatively peaceful, nothing more than some shouting and pushing. There is a report of a couple of bottles being thrown at police at one BLM demonstration, but no arrests were made.

Its 8pm. Voting ends in a number of east coast states. The press is eager to report the results, but they are slow to come in. Finally, the first two states are called - one for Clinton, one for Trump. No surprises. Then a couple of more states are called, both for Trump. A mild surprise, as Clinton was expected to eek out a narrow victory in both of those states. Then NC is called for Trump, where he wins by a comfortable 4-point margin.

Its 9pm.  More polls close, including the western counties in Florida. A few more states are called for Clinton. These are mostly small, northeastern states where she was expected to win. But the votes was surprising close. Then the shocker: Florida goes for Trump, and by a surprising 4-point margin. A couple of more states are called for Trump. Virginia goes Clinton, but by only a single percentage point. Clinton also wins New York, but by a razor-thin margin of less than one percentage point. 

Its 10pm. More polls close. More states are called, mostly for Trump. At this point, Trump has won all the states he was expected to, plus a few that Clinton was expected to win. He has also won both NC and FL. Panic is starting to set in at Clinton HQs, and at MSNBC. Pundits on every network appear shaken, but many are sticking to their Clinton Wins predictions, pointing to the fact that Pennsylvania still hasn't been called. The vote tally there is being incredibly slow in coming in, but Trump is holding on to a small lead.

Trump wins big in Texas. Ohio is called - Trump by 3 points.  Colorado is called. Clinton wins by less than 2,000 votes. The Trump campaign immediately calls for  recount. But it is starting to look like Trump will win even without Colorado.

Its 11pm. More polls close. Only Alaska and Hawaii remain open. Alaska is expected to go Trump, and Hawaii almost certainly will go Clinton. Several more states are called, all for Trump by narrow margins. Pennsylvania is finally called - Trump by 2 points. California goes Clinton, but by a surprisingly narrow 2 points. Another shocker: Oregon goes Trump.

11:25pm. Its over. Even if Trump loses the Colorado recount, he'll still win the election. Finally tally, after AK & HI go as expected, is Trump 317, Clinton 221.



Collapse Scenario - Political Class Refuses to Accept Trump Victory

Wednesday: Trump has stunned the Political Class by winning the election, and winning it by a big margin.  But the #NeverTrump crowd won't go away. Overnight and on the early morning shows, a number of pundits start speculating on other ways to deny Trump the White House, mostly centering on stopping him the the electoral college. Two Texas electors had already announced prior to the election that they wouldn't vote for Trump even if he won Texas. The #NeverTrump crowd hopes to convince/pressure other electors into doing the same.

9:20am. News breaks that officials in Pennsylvania are refusing to certify their election results, citing the need to investigate "slow returns" and other "irregularities."  Within the hour, rumors start spreading that several other states will hold up certifying their elections for similar vague reasons. By the end of the day, two other states in addition to PN will announce they won't certify.

10am: The DOJ announces an 11am news conference. Shortly after, Hillary Clinton "retracts" her concession speech, saying that "We must allow the legal process to work in full to protect th integrity of the election."

11am: The DOJ postpones its news conference to 1pm.

1:35pm: The DOJ news conference finally begins. AG Loretta Lynch announces that the DOJ is filing papers in Federal Court as she speaks, to overturn the election results in NC, because of "voting irregularities and civil rights violations." Lynch goes on to say that the DOJ is also investigating elections results in five other states, and may take action to overturn elections results in those additional states. She refuses to answer questions about the specifics of what the alleged violations actually are., and claims that it is "pure coincidence" that the DOJ is only investigating the election results of states won by Trump.

Later that afternoon, both Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan both give interviews saying that the American people should "trust the legal system" and that the "situation will be resolved fairly." Both men avoid taking a strong stand for either Trump or Clinton. Reince Priebus emerges from a late afternoon meeting with GOP leadership and announces his support of Donald Trump and decries the DOJ's attempts to interfere with the election, but goes on to say that the GOP is basically out of money after an expensive election and that Trump cannot expect much help with the coming legal battles.

4pm: Trump holds a press conference at which he blasts the attempts to steal the election from him. He accuses the #NeverTrump crowd, the Clinton campaign, the DOJ, and establishment Republicans of colluding together to deny him his victory. The mainstream media focuses on Trump's use of foul language at the press conference, and spins Trump's complaints as "paranoia and conspiracy theories." A number of MSNBC reporters speculate on-air that Trump may be having a "mental breakdown."

Over the coming weeks, the Trump campaign loses numerous legal battles as Federal judges, mostly Obama appointees, and many with ties to Clinton, rule against him with only little pretense of following established law.

The vote by the Electoral College is delayed due to the ongoing legal battles. Finally, the first case reaches the Supreme Court. In a shocking 5 to 3 decision, with Chief Justice Roberts inexplicably siding with the majority (a replay of the Obamacare decision), the Supreme Court upholds the overturning of the NC election. Justices Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy all write scathing dissents, but Thomas is especially critical not only of the majority decision, but of Chief Justice Roberts in particular as he carefully points out the many points of intellectual dishonesty and hypocrisy of Roberts. This leads to Roberts publicly attacking Thomas' intellect in a rare interview given to CNN. In turn, Thomas suggets that Roberts' inexplicable rulings in both the Obamacare case, and in overturning NC's election results, can only be explained by either bribery or blackmail. This public feud between Roberts and Thomas ends within days with thee resignation of Thomas from the Supreme Court, leaving Alito as the only true conservative, and Kennedy as the only honest moderate, on the Court. All future Supreme Court decisions regarding the 2016 election will end 5 to 2 against Trump.

Ultimately, it is decided (unconstitutionally) that the Electoral College cannot be held, and that the election must be decided in the House of Representatives. At this point, Trump has neither the influence nor the money continue to battle the Establishment. It goes to the House.

During this time, Hillary Clinton remains generally unpopular with the American people, who overwhelmingly still don't trust her. She also has a couple of "incidents" which once again bring her deteriorating health to public attention. Several House leaders on both sides suggest that they are not bound to choose between the candidates that ran, but my choose anyone as the next President. A number of Republican and Democratic politicians began jockeying for position as alternatives to Clinton & Trump. It gets quite ugly. It also quickly becomes apparent that whoever the next President will be, it won't be Trump or Clinton.

Obama announces that, since the House will be unable to vote for the President before Inauguration Day, he will remain in office until such time as a suitable President is elected by the House. He also seems to imply that if he does not approve of the one chosen as his replacement, he might refuse to accept that person, and sue in Federal Court to reject whoever the House elects. And since Obama loyalists run both the DOJ and the Supreme Court at this point, and with Congress in complete disarray, there will be no chance to stop an Obama power grab should he attempt to do so. 

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During all this, there will be chaos, and even violence. Angry Trump supporters will protest. Anti-Trump folks will demonstrate. #BlackLivesMatter will march in the streets. And the usual assortment of anarchists and malcontents will take advantage of the unrest to brew more unrest. In some places violence will occur - rocks will be thrown, police attacked, stores looted, neighborhoods burned. Even though virtually all the violence will come from the Left, Trump and his supporters will receive the majority of the blame in the media and among the political class. 

The civil unrest and the political uncertainty will cause financial markets to tank. Lending will grind to a halt much like it did in 2008. The economy, already precariously balanced, will fall into another deep recession. Large-scale lay-offs and downsizing will return. A distracted and deeply divided congress will be unable to act this time (actually, probably a good thing in the long run), adding to the uncertainty and chaos affecting the markets. The GOP controlled congress will be blamed by Obama and the media. The Fed will act but cutting interest rates, eventually going into negative rates. This will disproportionately hurt savers such as retirees and others on a fixed income.  The dollar will decline, but not as sharply as some might expect, at least not at first. Later on it may be a different story. Inflation will become an even bigger problem for the average American.

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August, 2017.  Congress is in shambles. The House has failed to elect a new President. The Supreme Court remains hampered with two vacancies. Obama remains in office, and remains relatively popular with about a 50% approval rating, perhaps because he seems like the only steady hand in a government that otherwise has completely fallen apart.

Tues, August 22. 9pm. In a televised speech from the Oval Office, Obama, sounding quite heart-weary, announces his decision. Due to the incompetence of Congress (which he manages to squarely blame on the GOP), and the ineffectiveness of a short-handed Supreme Court (which he again squarly blames on the GOP), he has only once choice. The government of the United States under the current Constitution must be disbanded. Both Congress and the Supreme Court are dismissed from service. A new Constitution, to be drawn up by a select committee that Obama himself will appoint, will go into effect in two years time. Until then, Obama will remain in office and the executive branch under him will assume the responsibilities of the other branches. AG Loretta Lynch will decide all cases that previously would have gone to the Supreme Court. And Obama himself will issue any new laws needed by executive order.

First, the chaos was blamed on Trump. And the press and the #NeverTrump crowd dutifully supported that narrative.

Then, Obama began blaming the GOP in general, not just Trump. He pointed to Congress' failure to appoint a Supreme Court Justice to replace Scalia after his death. He blamed Thomas for his "temper-tantrm" and resignation. He blamed Congressional Republicans for refusing to work with him. The  press dutifully supported placing the blame on the GOP. And, by this point, the #NeverTrump crowd had become utterly unimportant.

Finally, in a master stroke, Obama blamed the "Old Order," "backwards values and traditions," and the "outdated" Constitution for America's chaos. The press dutifully reported it as so. And the American people, dumbed-down, sacred by the chaos,  and desperate for some stability, buy it.

Most Americans are glad, at this point, that somebody is finally taking charge, and doing what is "necessary"to restore order and safety. Polls show that the Obama Plan to create a new government has nearly a 65% approval rating.

My Take-Aways, or What To Do...

 1- I believe that the time period from now until Inauguration Day is an especially perilous time for America, regardless of the outcome of the election. Be especially vigilant during this period. Pay attention to the news. Watch the actions of the political class. Think though what they say, and what they don't say. Read between the lines. Don't trust the media to report honestly. Be skeptical. Investigate for yourself. Use commonsense. And THINK for yourself.

2- Expect civil unrest and violence, regardless of how the election goes. Expect a LOT of civil unrest and violence should Trump win. The best response to civil unrest and violence is to avoid it, if at all possible. It could happen anywhere, of course, but the most likely targets will be big cities, especially inner cities & economically distressed areas, political centers, college campuses, etc. Stay out of, and far away from, bad neighborhoods.  

3- Practice situational awareness (pay attention to your surroundings). Be wary of people who look out-of-place, are loitering, or who act nervous. If and when you do go out, try to go out in groups. Avoid bad areas of town. Let people know where you're going and when you'll be back. Park in a highly visible, well-light location near the entrance to minimize chances of ambush & muggings. Don't make yourself a target by wearing expensive, flashy clothes & accessories, or driving an expensive car. Don't make yourself a target by appearing easy-prey - wear practical clothes, walk confidently, head up. Before getting out of a car or walking out of a building, look out a window first to identify possible dangers. Make sure you phone is fully charged at all times. Don't get so involved with your smart phone or I-Pod that you ignore your surroundings. Always be alert.

4- Pay attention to the local news, and be prepared to stay home (Bug-In) if things in your area get chaotic or violent (avoid unnecessary trips to the store, stay home from work and/or school). This means having a store of food, water, and other supplies (such as any medications you take) to last you at least a week, and preferably two or three weeks (pr more), without leaving your home.

5- Depending on your location and what's happening around you, it may become necessary to bug-out at some point, so make sure you're ready for that possibility. Know where you might go. Actually, know at least to places. And know how to get there (at least two routes to each place). Make a Bug-Out Bag packed and ready to go at a moments notice. Make sure your bug-out vehicle is in good running order and is gassed-up at all times. I recommend never letting your gas tank drop below two-thirds full before filling up. Have some additional gas on-hand, stored safely in containers intended to store gas (I personally have five 5-gallon gas cans safely stored on my property, and I rotate the gas every few months).

6- In a Hillary Clinton administration (or any stolen election scenario), expect guns to be targeted quickly and completely. The Left doesn't just want "commonsense gun control," their end-game is full-blown gun confiscation. The chaos of a stolen election would provide plenty of excuses and opportunities to do so. And a Supreme Court that flips Leftist with the next appointment would allow the gutting of the Second Amendment. Get your guns and ammo now, while you can.

7- The chaos and uncertainty of a contested election, especially one that drags on for months, will tip our economy back into another deep recession. Think fall 2008/early 2009 again, maybe worse. Begin preparing now for mass lay-offs and other financial problems. See my Financial Prepping article for extensive information on preparing financially. Also see my article What To Do Before Losing Your Job.

8- Precious metals - gold, silver, and even copper - will rise steadily, quickly reaching their historic highs and beyond. Lead, in the form of ammunition, will also be a precious metal. Precious metals should be part of your plans if you can afford them, but never at the expensive of making more basic preparations (food, water, etc.).

I don't know if a stolen election will actually happen. I do believe there is at least a possibility given current realities, and I don't think Americans are ready for what all that will mean if it does happen. Pray that it doesn't. Prepare in case it does. Stay vigilant.
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Patriots' Prayers for 8-28-2016

In addition to continuing to pray for America, for the next few weeks I am throwing out a special prayer challenge each week to motivate folks to start praying for those people around you that you ordinarily might not think to pray for...

Special Prayer Challenge

Is there someone you know that, for whatever reason, you just don't like? Is there anyone you are holding a grudge against? Maybe an annoying neighbor? Or a co-worker that took credit for something you did? Or a relative you have just never gotten along with? Or perhaps a friend that you had a falling out with? PRAY FOR THEM. Yes. I am asking you to pray for someone you don't like. Pray for someone you think of as an enemy. PRAY FOR THEM.

First, in prayer, release any grudge you may have against them; release any anger, bitterness, or desire for revenge against them. Forgive them. THEN, ask God's forgiveness for holding onto the grudge rather than forgiving them earlier. FINALLY, pray for God to save them, bless them, and show mercy on them.

This special prayer challenge may be very difficult for some, especially those not ready to forgive. But, it is how God wants us to treat others. Remember, too, that forgive does NOT mean to forget. If someone has harmed you, you can forgive them without allowing them the opportunity to hurt you again. Nor does forgiveness mean you must free someone from the consequences of their actions.

God In America Again, music video by Carman

Christian singer Carman Licciardello wrote and recorded this song way back in the 1990s. It is even more ture today. By the way, after a long battle with cancer, Carman is once again performing. You can follow him on Twitter at @CarmanTV. His website is Carman.org and You Tube Channel is  Carman Licciardello.




For Forgiveness and Repentance of America (original version)


Save and protect, O Lord, these United States of America and have mercy on us. As a nation, we have turned our backs on you and have sinned. We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away. We have allowed the epidemic of abortion to fester out of control. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools, and Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have turned our backs on Your teachings. We no longer look to You and Your Word for our standards of right and wrong, replacing those absolute truths with the whim of our own opinions.  We have allowed decadence and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace. Common decency has become a thing of the past. We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance - a returning to You - as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Friday, August 26, 2016

How does a 13 year old prep?

Question: My name is Danny. I just turned 13 and am starting the eight grade.  I live with my Mom and little sister. I see a lot of scary things happening, and want to get ready for whatever happens, but my Mom isn't concerned and thinks I worry too much. How can I be a prepper? How do prepare for bad events?

Answer: Hi Danny. Thanks for sending me your question.  There's actually quite a lot you can do, even if you mom isn't into prepping.

First, let's talk about your mom. Many folks not into prepping get turned off by what they see as paranoia, or excessive worrying, on the part of preppers and survivalists. They don't believe any of the "extreme" events we seem to be preparing for are actually going to happen. And many folks, especially some women, simply don't want to think about something really scary like an economic or political collapse.

My suggestion is talk to your mom about "safety," rather than "survival" or "disasters." Ask her questions like: Do we have a first aid kit? Where do we keep the flashlight? Do we have a fire extinguisher? When is the last time the batteries were changed in the smoke detector? If a winter storm knocks out power for a couple of days, do we have enough food and water on hand to last us until the power is back on? If she asks why you asking, just tell her your conducting a home safety inspection, which you heard about in school, saw on a TV show, or learned in scouts. Actually, if you join a scout troop (a really good idea), you will have to do a home safety inspection as one of the requirements for several skill awards and merit badges.

Beyond talking to you mom about safety, there's really not much more you can do with her. But there's still lots you can to prepare yourself. One thing is to work hard on developing your health and fitness. Being healthy and physically fit will go a long way to helping you be prepared for whatever comes your way.

Health & Fitness Tips

1- Don't smoke or do drugs.
2- Don't drink sodas or sweet teas. Prefer water or unsweetened tea.
3- Don't eat too much bread. When you do, try to make it whole grain bread.
4- Don't eat much white rice. Eat brown rice or wild rice instead.
5- Don't eat much fast food and junk food like pop tarts, french fries, potato chips, nacho chips, Big Macs, and Whoopers. 
6- Don't eat much candy and other sweets (have an apple or orange, instead).
7- So, what can you eat? Eat plenty of vegetables. Also fruit, nuts, eggs, fish, chicken, and turkey. 
8-  Don't eat anything you know you're allergic to, of course.) 
9- Don't be a couch potato!!! Be physically active everyday. Walk, hike swim, ride your bike, play ball, mow the lawn with a push mower, etc.  

Join a sports team at school. There's probably lots to choose from at your school. I recommend joining two teams: one an individual sport (track, cross country, tennis, wrestling, etc.), and the other a team sport (basketball, baseball, football, etc.). Being part of a team will not only help get you in good shape physically, but it will also help develop your self-discipline and ability to work as part of a team.

Joining a Scouting program is probably the best way for someone you age to start preparing! Even if you are in a small town, there is likely a Boy Scout troop or Trail Life USA group near you. They are often connected to a church, so ask if your church has one. Or ask your friends  if they know of one, or even ask your coaches. Many coaches are involved in scouting also. 

Scouting programs will teach you a lot of valuable skills, and give you lots of opportunities to put those skills to work. Scouting programs will encourage you to be healthy and fit, develop your maturity, and increase your self-discipline and responsibility. Working towards merit badges and other awards will allow you to explore a variety of topics that will be useful in any disaster or even a post-apocalyptic world everything fro Animal Science and Archery, to Veterinary Medicine and Wilderness Survival (click here to see a list of merit badges you can earn). 

Another bonus of being in a Scouting program is that you will start to accumulate all kinds of useful gear - sleeping bags, back packs, compasses, and other camping and hiking gear, first aid kits, flashlights, fishing gear, etc. Its a great way to start getting some of those prepping supplies your mom might find strange and worrisome otherwise...


Take school seriously. Apply yourself, and learn as much as you can. Especially math and science. That stuff actually does come in handy to know later in life. One word of warning, however. If you are in public school (or even some private schools), what you're taught will be, at times, little more than propaganda. Especially history, economics, and some science. Just be aware of the bias of your textbooks and teachers, and seek good information elsewhere. Here are some suggestions to counter the propaganda:

     Economics - Actually, economics is pretty much ignored in schools, though it is an incredibly important subject. And what economics you will be exposed to will be little more than "Capitalism is bad. Collectivism is good." I suggest you get a copy of Richard J. Maybury's book "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy." You may be able to find it at your local library. Or get your mom to order you a copy off Amazon.  Its a short and easy-to-read introduction to economics without the anti-Capitalist propaganda. Read it. Actually read it several times. I guarantee you will learn more about real economics than 90% of the adults in America know today!

     History - Another subject twisted by decades of Leftist propaganda. Unlike economics, you will be required to learn "history," but it is a history that will be anti-America, anti-Western Civilization, anti-Christian, and anti-Capitalism. Take on the task of learning Real History for yourself. Read the actual documents for yourself. Check out my #HistoryHub for the text of over 40 primary historical documents. I've also have a list of Real History Books tht I recommend. For you, I suggest staring with Juliette Turner's two books Our Constitution ROCKS! and Our Presidents ROCK! Read those books and you'll understand more about American History than the average college  history professor understands.

     Science - Two problems with the way science is taught today: global warming/climate change and evolution. Both are merely theories (and both with big problems), but are taught as absolute, unquestionable facts. Question them. Climate change occurs naturally over time due to a number of natural (not man-made) cycles. The theory of evolution has a large number of problems that it cannot address, but which can be explained by special creation (the Genesis account). There are political reasons behind the push for those two ideas.  For the arguments against man-made climate change, check out the video What They Haven't Told You about Climate Change, as well as the other videos on that You Tube channel (PragerU). For the alternative to the theory of evolution, I suggest watching the show "Creation in the 21st Century" on TBN if you get that channel. If not check out the You Tube channel by the show's host David Rives. If you are really into science and want to explore Creation from a Christian point-of-view, get a copy of In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood. This book is thick and technical (but well written), so you may want to hold off until you get into high school before trying to tackle it. But if you can handle high school chemistry class, you can handle this book.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not argue these issues with your teachers. It will only get you in trouble, hurt your grades, and frustrate you. Instead, for now just make yourself aware of the problems and alternatives to the climate change and evolution theories.

A final recommendation: Start reading the Bible on a daily basis. In my opinion, all our problems today ultimately come from our deviation from our Judea-Christian heritage and our relationship with our Creator. The most important preparation anyone can ever make is building a personal relationship with your Creator. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Common Survival Mistakes, and Solutions

Are you making any of these long-term survival mistakes? 

Here are some commons mistakes, and their solutions, that many preppers/survivalists may be making:

Mistake: Put All Your Money Into Gold and Silver, or Guns and Ammo. The radio and TV ads make it seem simple: buy some gold and silver, then rest comfortably in the knowledge that you are prepared for any economic meltdown or the collapse of the dollar. Gold, silver and other precious metals might be a good hedge against hard times, but only after you have done all your other preparations. In any start of collapse, the value of money will only be one small concern out of the myriad of other, more pressing concerns. Same thing goes for guns & ammo. Nothing against having guns and ammo, but by themselves they are not much of a long-term survival strategy. Like gold & silver, guns & ammo only cover a small portion of the problems that you will face in most collapse scenarios.  You still need to do a lot of other preparations.

Solution: Strive for Balance. Don't concentrate all your efforts into only one or two categories of prepping because they are easier or more interesting/fun than other preps. Get your finances in order, pay off debt, learn first aid, take some permaculture classes, take some home repair courses, buy hand tools and gardening tools, make your home energy efficient, accumulate at least a year's worth of food, water, medicine and other supplies, and plant some fruit and nut trees in your backyard. Then you can consider putting some of your excess wealth into gold and silver, or add some more guns to your already extensive collection. 


Mistake: Go/Stay In Debt. I get the impression that some preppers are actually looking forward to an economic collapse in order to "wipe their slate clean," so to speak. This is highly unlikely for several reasons. Even if the dollar collapses completely and is replaced by a new currency, it is most likely that your debts will simply be re-denominated into the new currency. It won't just disappear. And in any martial law/police state scenario, some form of debtors prison is likely to make a comeback, especially for debts the government has a hand in (back taxes, unpaid fines, student loans, etc.). In fact, this is already happening in some cities and states in the USA. (See off-site news stories: Return of the debtors’ prison? and Debtors' Prisons — Again.)

Solution: Find ways other than maxing out your credit cards to prepare. And if you are in debt, find ways to pay it off. Remember the axiom "The debtor is slave to the lender." Too much debt causes stress and bad decisions, yields some control of your life to others, and interferes in your ability to make needed preparations. My article Prepping 101: Finances - Get Back to Basics may give you some ideas. If you are already struggling with debt, I highly recommend Dave Ramsey's books, website, and radio show.

Mistake: Don't Take Care of Your Health. Let me get this straight, you say are preparing for the difficult times ahead, but you are still overweight, badly out of shape and smoke a pack a day? Mark this well: when rough times really hit you are going to need your health and strength more than just about anything else. If you aren't taking care of your health, you are not preparing. 

Solution: Learn Good Health, and Get Motivated. You need to get motivated to learn what a healthy diet and healthy living really is, and get motivated to actually d it. Learning is easy. There are lots of great books, websites, and other resources out there. I list what I consider the best of those resources in my article Steps to Good Health, which I recently updated. Please check it out. 

The real problem for most seems to be getting motivated to eat and live healthy.  My best advice for motivation is to focus not on how difficult healthy living is, but on the positive aspects. For example, if you want to quit smoking, don't focus on how hard it will be, or the cravings you will have, or all those past times you failed to quit. Instead, focus on how much healthier you will be, and how much money you will save. After all, just a half-pack of cigarettes a day may cost you $1,000 or more in a year, depending on where you live. How nice would it be to suddenly have an extra $1,000 a year?

Mistake: Lack of Actual Experience. Books on gardening sell like hot-cakes, but how many are ever fully read? How many gun owners actually hunt or at least target practice? Reading books and taking classes can help you build knowledge. But do you have the skills and experience to put that knowledge to use? Many folks have a theoretical knowledge of useful skills, or at least the collection of books to give them that knowledge. But actually doing is very different from reading.

Solution: Start doing things now. Prepare for difficult times by actually doing things now - gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canning, sewing by hand, doing your own home & auto  repairs... Here's a great idea: volunteer to help build a house with Habitat For Humanity.  Also, check out local gardening clubs for both training and volunteer opportunities. You will learn lots of useful skills while actually helping people in need. Put all that theoretical knowledge you've been collecting to use now, and develop the actual skills & experience you will need later on. 

Mistake: Not Having Back-Up Plans. You've decided that your going to ride out the future being self-sufficient on your homestead. What if for some reason you can't stay there? Or you've decided that when TSHTF you are going to bug out to Grandpa's old cabin in the mountains. What happens if you can't get there? You've decided you are going to raise your own food, but your crops fail due to drought or disease. Do you have a store of food as a back-up? Do you know how to hunt or fish? 

Solution: Always have a Plan B. And a Plan C is nice, too. My primary plan is to ride out whatever comes where I am at now. That is where I am putting most of my efforts and resources. But I also have a back-up plan (three actually) in case things become too dangerous to stay where I'm at now for whatever reasons. I've even pre-positioned some supplies at two of the three locations. And I have figured out (and actually driven) at least two alternative routes to each of those locations, in case one of the routes were blocked for some reason. 

Don't just have back-up plans for your location. Have them for accomplishing various tasks, too. For example, your plans for water may include 1) your current primary source, 2) stored water, 3) a nearby creek or pond, plus having the ability to filter and purify it, and 4) collecting rainwater, plus having the ability to filter and purify it. Do the same for other tasks, such as cooking (regular stove, propane grill, charcoal grill, wood stove, etc.), staying warm (natural gas, electric heaters, propane heaters, fireplace, wood stove, plenty of insulation & warm clothes, etc.), and so forth. Have multiple back-ups for every task/system. 

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Patriots' Prayers for 8-21-2016

In addition to continuing to pray for America, for the next few weeks I will be throwing out a special prayer challenge to motivate folks to start praying for those people around you that you ordinarily might not think to pray for...

Special Prayer Challenge: Pray for people you know throughout this week.
  • Know someone (family, friend, neighbor, co-worker) who does not know God? Pray for their salvation - that God opens up their heart to a relationship with Him. 
  • Know someone who is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. Pray for them by name - that God works in their life to help them overcome their addiction.
  • Know any single parents? Pray for them by name - that God grant them the strength bear the responsibility of single parenthood, and the wisdom to raise good children.
  • Know someone struggling with any form of sexual sin? Pray for them - that God gently corrects their sin and brings them back into accord with His will for their life. 
  • Know someone struggling with a job loss or financial problems? Pray for them. 
  • Know someone with serious health issues? Pray for them.
  • Know an elderly or disabled person living alone? Pray for them.
  • Know someone in prison? Pray for them.
Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of America (short version)

God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins as a nation who has rejected you in e very possible way. And yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christi, I pray. Amen. (This prayer is taken from the cartoon I shared on 8-7-2016.)

Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of America (long version)

Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance - a returning to You - as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.