Monday, August 21, 2023

Protecting Your Family From the State and Society (Part 1)

By Tim Gamble 
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The political and social environment in which we live can be just as potentially dangerous as the physical environment. Threats to our safety come not only from criminals, thugs, and other obvious bad guys, but from many government officials and even a large segment of regular folks. This can include many doctors, teachers, co-workers, and neighbors who have been brain-washed into considering traditional values, beliefs, and lifestyles as not only wrong, but potentially dangerous. 

Religious and political persecution is very real these days. Many people who stand up for traditional and conservative values are losing social media accounts, losing jobs, losing friends, and losing their reputations. Some are being "debanked," being placed on no-fly and terrorist watch lists, and otherwise being cancelled from normal society. Traditional folks are increasingly being reported for "hate" speech and being charged with "hate" crimes. They are being harassed and even physically attacked for their religious and political beliefs.

What can we do about this situation? One thing is to face the current reality: that our religious and political beliefs can get us in trouble, even if those beliefs were considered normal and mere commonsense just a couple of decades ago. Then, we can take prudent steps to protect ourselves and our families.

Apply situational awareness not only to your physical surroundings, but to the social and political environment in which you live. If you don't fully understand situational awareness, please start by reading my article Survivalist's Guide to Situational Awareness and the OODA Loop.  It is a lot more than just paying attention.

Figure out the political and social dangers you face. How progressive is your local mayor and city council? What about your local sheriff? Is your city a sanctuary city? How restrictive are state and local gun laws? How liberal is your local school board? What about your city manager (a non-partisan position in theory, but in reality they have a political ideology)? Same goes for your kid's school principal and teachers.  

What about in your neighborhood? Any busybody neighbors spying on you? Do you have a Home Owners Association? How much power do they wield? 

What about where you work? Any social justice warriors (SJWs) among your co-workers? How liberal are your bosses? Are vaccines required? Are facemasks required? What are your company's polices regarding everything from sexual harassment, to workplace discussions on politics and religion? Are HR courses on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), or containing critical race theory (CRT), required? Is there an official pronouns policy? If you are white, are you required to admit your "white privilege?" If you are non-white, are you treated differently because of your "oppressed" status? 

Be aware that Big Brother is watching you, and your family. Under Obamacare, the government began pressuring doctors to ask their patients about guns in their homes, making your medical records a de facto gun registry. Recently, this attempt to turn doctors into something akin to a secret surveillance force has increased, with medical professionals being encouraged to report parents who refuse suggested vaccines and procedures for their children. Patients are being encouraged to tell their doctors about any mental health concerns they may have about themselves and other members of their family and household (chilling considering the big push for red flag laws). 

Schools, too, are being used to collect data on the private lives of students and their families. In recent years, both individual teachers and entire school systems have been caught asking students about their parents' religious and political opinions and affiliations, who their parents vote for, whether or not there are guns in the home, and even whether or not their parents are obeying local recycling regulations!

It is important to take an honest look at your situation. This can be uncomfortable. One example: For years, many parents were aware of problems in the public school systems. However, it was always "other" schools, not their kid's school, that had the problems. They would fiercely defend their kids' schools and teachers. Then came the lockdowns, and their kids had to do school from home. This forced many of these parents to finally take an honest look at their kids' schools and teachers. What they saw was shocking, and lead to the ongoing parents revolt against school boards across the country. 

These are just some of the things you need to think about as you practice sociopolitical situational awareness. Once you have honestly identified the potential threats, you can act to protect your family from the State and society. 

Discuss with your spouse and children the importance of privacy. Explain that certain things are "family business" and not to be shared with outsiders, including teachers. Discuss what and how much can be shared with non-family members, such as bosses, co-workers, neighbors, doctors, and teachers. Discuss what should and should not be shared on social media. 

Consider changing jobs, if you realize you are working for a very liberal, politically-correct company. 

Consider moving, if you find that you are living in a highly liberal city or state.

Get your kids away from leftist schools and SJW teachers. Move, homeschool, charter school, private school, or whatever else you need to do. As a parent, this should be your #1 priority. 

(There will be a part 2 to this article posted soon). 

*** You can find Tim Gamble on social media! Follow at Gab (@TimGamble), Twitter (@TimGambleSpeaks), and TruthSocial (@TimGambleSpeaks)

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