By Courtney D.
It’s getting harder to be self-sufficient. The government seems hell-bent on preventing it. From “nuisance abatement teams” forcing off-griders to hook back in to cities creating ordinances so that they can destroy our backyard gardens, taking care of our own families is certainly being undermined by politicians intent to control us. Certainly, self-sufficiency is necessary to our survival- the economy is failing faster each day. It won’t be long now before the Greater Depression sweeps over the entire world. And then there will be no government handouts to take care of anyone, no Big Brother to keep saying that the economy is fine.
I think, perhaps, we have been looking at this all from the wrong perspective, and I know many of you will completely disagree with me, but that’s ok. Part of our self-sufficient planning should include a couple of government handouts- if we meet the requirements to receive them.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning sitting on our bums collecting rocking chair money and getting fat. I do, however, think there may be something to the idea of actually accepting a government handout here and there. Whether it’s unemployment, social security, food stamps, WIC (if you’re a woman), medicaid, or any of their other “handouts,” if you meet the requirement for one of them, TAKE IT! Not because we need them, let’s face it, as preppers even if we were out of work long-term we’ve all taken precautions so that our family would be clothed, fed, and have a roof over their heads, so we certainly don’t need the handout, but accept them because of two very important things.
1. You can use it to supplement your preps! Qualify for Medicaid? Go get a physical! You can only care for your family as long as you’re actually healthy enough to do it. Qualify for food stamps? Increase your food storage- just don’t fall into the trap of thinking “ok, I’ve got xx amount in food stamps, so I can buy food with it and spend my money on everything else,” KEEP YOUR FOOD BUDGET!!! Qualify for social security? Go do a happy dance, well, if there’s any money left in the social security funds…
Use those handouts to help you get more prepared!
2. This, I think is the real reason that we, as preppers, should accept handouts on occasion. It makes you look like one of the sheeple! It takes eyes off of you. If you look like you need them, they’ll think they have you, that you’re not a threat. When really, that makes us the biggest threat of all- we can hide right under their noses and be there with our pitchforks and torches when they decide martial law is the way to go.
Ok, really, I’m not a conspirator, I just think it’s time we start fighting back! There was a time when being self-sufficient was enough. A time when just finding ways not to rely on the government showed them that we won’t give in so easily, that there are still Americans who believe in the Constitution. But that time has passed. They’re playing dirty, so it’s time we all jump in and start doing a little mud wrestling!
I know most of you don’t agree with me, but the way I see it is this:
They’re using us against each other (a la Doomsday Preppers and other “commercial prepper” stuff that makes us all look like crackjobs), so why shouldn’t we use their programs against them? The time to turn the other cheek is past. If we don’t change our tactics, there will be more Andrew Wordes out there.