The following is a guest post entry into our Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest.
I have been chewing on this problem for some time. I’m not sure that I am ready to write this yet, but there seems to be a lot of questions and a demand for some information regarding “What should we do?” when do we revolt? Should we resist or hide. When does the balloon go up?Who will fire the second shot heard ’round the world?
It is all falling down around our ears, that is apparent. The economy is in imbalance, our natural rights have been almost entirely under cut by the government, the elected representatives are ignoring the peoples will. All of the fixes are leading to more skyrocketing debt and more social problems. The country is more polarized than a permanent magnet. Social civility is gone. Education is woefully lacking. Religion is under attack and the mainstream media is owned by special interest.
Indeed, what do we do? The two party system is no longer working, they all seem to be in bed with the bankers and PACs. Our votes count for nothing and we are rapidly becoming a nation of gimme entitlement beggars. The National government is in failure. How are we to cope with a federal government that seems not to care how we feel or what we have to say? That destroys our freedom for an imagined security? Meddles in every facet of our lives?
Our world is radically different than it was even twenty years ago and it will surely change even more and faster in the future due to diminishing resources and an exploding population.
I believe the time has come to distance ourselves from the quagmire of Washington. Ignore it and focus on our neighborhoods, towns, cities and states. We live in our neighborhoods not D.C. This should be our focus to take back our lives.
Do you know what is going on in your town? Do you know the backgrounds of the people in your local government that control your day to day safety, freedom and security? I don’t, but I intend to.
I intend to attend local government meetings, visit some trials, get to know the Sheriff. Get to understand psyche of my local community. If it all starts to unravel on a National level these are the people that are going to have an immediate effect on your life. Are they the kind of folks that you want in charge? If not pull back the curtain on them, work to force them out and install those who will follow the freedoms outlined in the constitution and bill of rights. Take back your city, educate your neighbors, and organize them to help themselves by helping each other.
At the very least this will give you a very nice base of like minded people to resist the oppression when it comes, from higher levels of government. It is much easier to control an individual than it is a city, county, or state. There is power in numbers. All useful change comes from the grass roots. Become a local community organizer to resist that “Organizer in Chiefs“ manipulation of our constitutional government. Enact local ordinances to forbid unconstitutional actions.
Help plan disaster relief actions locally, create food banks. Work with auxiliary fire and police. Create new groups to side step any need for federal intervention. Take care of your own. A collapse of government/economy would have less effect on your local community if you are prepared to deal without government help. A collapse would most likely eventually lead to isolated city states that trade, support and work with each other. Go there now. Get a jump on the inevitability of a federal collapse.
No man is an island. Community and minimal government will always be necessary. Anarchy is not an option. A cohesive community of even a few hundred stands a much better chance of survival in chaos than individual pockets of survivalists. Don’t work at this as a prepper but as a small town American. Look into American history of the periods of the depression and world war two when communities pulled together to get through those dark times.
If we come to the point of the door kickers arriving on our street, lets be sure that our local Sheriffs are standing with us, in resistance, instead of blindly against us.
Preppers as a whole are on the insular side, keeping their own counsel and withdrawing into their own small private world. Often with good reason, given the derision and vitriol spewed by many. Keep in mind that you are still Americans first. No one need know that you are a prepper while doing this work. Create false flagged preppers of your neighbors by just being an involved and positive citizen.
Even though I have been a prepper for decades and have put together a group of extremely prepared friends able to deal with a multitude of problems up to and including armed resistance. Having been and fought in the third world and knowing full well what horror such a scenario is, I have still felt alone and hamstrung in regards to not being able to effect the seemingly inevitable apocalypse coming our way.
These are just a few small thoughts on “What can we do” I will continue to puzzle over the solutions to these problems, I could probably write a small book trying to address the problems non-violently. I am prepared to die to remain free, but I would much prefer not to.
Long live the community, D.
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