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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What Is To Be Done - Part 1: Situation

If media reports are to believed, the run-up to the 2008 Presidential election is now settled.

The next President of the United States will, in all probability, be either

- a unprincipled anti-gun RINO opportunist who believes that what the American economy needs is more central planning and, despite his two oaths (as an officer in the U.S. Navy and as a U.S. Senator) to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic", that

"...I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government."


- an inexperienced anti-gun junior Senator with the most liberal voting record in the Senate, an appallingly expensive domestic agenda, and millions of followers with a frothing case of messianic delusion.

Top that, at least in Obama's case, with the real possibility of control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the situation is bleak indeed.

What is to be done?

No, not the tract by proto-mass-murderer V.I. Lenin.

Instead - what is it that freedom-insistent Americans need to do, in detail, to maximize their chances in the coming Storm?

Many of the posts on this blog to date have been published with the hope of awakening the reader to the multiple and converging threats to human freedom appearing over the horizon.

Hopefully, those posts - whether concerning the demise of traditional America, the ongoing economic collapse, the rise of the transnational socialist police state, or the related spectres of energy and food shortages - have been of some use towards that end.

With the approach of the 2008 election and its aftermath, however, it's time for a slight shift in emphasis.

Think of it as transitioning from "there's a fire in the woods just outside town" to "here's what we need to do to fight the fire." We've already started this effort with our "SHTF Medical" courses, and our next one is later this month.

Those who think that what we've discussed to date is "too radical" or "scaremongering" had best move over to the children's table.

The adults amongst us are going to have a serious discussion.

Join us, please.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are about to have the Supreme Court hold that the right to keep an bear arms is an individual right under the Constitution. We (those who read this page) must all resolve to do so, regardless of whatever subversive attempts the next administration makes to effectively repeal it. High-cap magazine ban? Sorry, we bought them legally and aren't giving the back. Required to give up ammo because it isn't numbered, or has too much lead? Once again, we aren't giving it up. Come and take it, if you dare. Peripheral attempts to deny our Second Amendment rights must be identified as such, and rejected by all those who stand for Constitutionally limited government.

June 4, 2008 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

My wager: that "individual right" will be found by the majority to be subject to reasonable regulation in furtherance of important governmental objectives.

That way, most of the 20,000 existing gun control laws (and anything passed hereafter that articulates those important gov't interests as their genesis) will stand.

I pray I am wrong, but believe I am not.

Tempus fugit.

June 4, 2008 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger steadyatthehelm said...

I also watched the RINO's speech last night and became extremely disillusioned. What would have been considered unthinkable not so many years ago, may very soon be upon us. Our rights will most assuredly come under attack from people who will tell us it is for our own safety and the good of all.

All of whom?

June 4, 2008 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

From Mike V:

"Those who think that what we've discussed to date is 'too radical' or 'scaremongering' had best move over to the children's table. The adults amongst us are going to have a serious discussion."

Yes, it's time and past time. Those who aren't awake by now are still going to be surprised when they get herded onto the freight cars.

So, what must we do?

Preparedness for whatever comes consists of the following elements:

1. Mindset. All important. Believing that something is possible gives you a huge step ahead of others who believe it is improbable or even impossible. Think Noah's Ark. He believed, built, floated and survived. They mocked and drowned. Before the plan, comes the recognition of the threat.

2. The Plan. How are you going to deal with the threat on ground of your own choosing?

2. Tools. And that's not just firearms.

3. Logistics. Beans, bullets and bandages. Not necessarily in that order, and never all in one place.

4. Training. Taking all of the above and integrating it, with like-minded friends, into a means of sustaining life and liberty.

Don't be daunted by the task. Yeah, its big, but keeping things simple and "improvising, adapting and overcoming" can save both time and money. Here's a small example:

Logistics tip: many local grocery stores have bakeries which generate beaucoup 2 & 5 gallon pails that icing comes in on a daily basis. Cleaned out thoroughly, these sturdy buckets make excellent containers for all manner of provisions. They can be resealed with a bead of silicone around the rim when you snap the lids back into place. (Suggestion: anything that can be further protected in an ammo can or zip lock bag inside the bucket should be, in case the bucket loses its seal through climate or mishandling.) Once resealed they can be buried in a cache, or put in any less-than-airtight (or watertight) storage building, even one with rodents. I use them to cache food, ammo, clothing, even books. Best of all, they're free!

Back in the 90's (in the expectation that most folks will come late to the party anyway with perhaps a rifle in their hand and the clothes on their backs), I accumulated web gear, canteens, mess kits, LBE of various kinds, and even small packs by buying them oh-so-cheaply at thrift stores and yard sales. I have taken these and packed away what is needed to equip one trooper in one of the smaller icing buckets. Each is labeled by type of weapon the gear supports. I match up gear by what works and what I have on hand at the time. Thus, I have put back M-1 Garand and BAR belts of World War 2 vintage, with M1956 "H" or ALICE "Y" suspenders. Each will have a canteen and cup in a canvas or nylon cover, maybe set up for ALICE clips, maybe the old-time wire pattern. I will take SKS and AK "gunner's aprons" of various provenances and redo the straps and buckles for American sizes. Into each of those buckets goes a canteen and sling, either a GI 2 quart collapsible or a civilian equivalent. Thus, when the johnny-come-lately shows up at the cache, he can just be tossed a bucket with a fighting load assembly that matches the weapon he brings. Nothing fancy, and more importantly, nothing expensive.

June 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger chris horton said...

"One man that has a mind and knows it, can always beat ten men who haven't and don't."
George Bernard Shaw

June 4, 2008 at 10:27 PM  

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