Country Living Series

Saturday, June 4, 2011

From pioneers to pansies

Here's my latest WorldNetDaily article, originally titled "The Lessons of Laura" but re-titled From Pioneers to Pansies.


  1. The homestead act that the Inlges family was part of failed because of drought. They made the plots of land too small and did not diversify their production.

    There was back then a strange concept that "rain follows the plow". They literally believed that plowing large areas of land caused more rain in the area. I am not sure what pseudo=science they used to justify it, but that was a common belief. What had actually happened was that there had been a random upward fluctuation in the amount of rain as the west had been settled. They were "fooled by randomness" to quote Taleb.

    They did understand about droughts, but did not understand how long they could last. The methods they used to compensate for drought were not adequate to the reality of what would occur.

    Much of the development of the West was made possible by Federal protection. The pioneers were only independent as far as their own little plot of land went.

    None of which argues against your idea that we are an amazingly dependent culture today.

  2. Stuck in CaliforniaJune 4, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Great article, and as usual, you were very insightful. Here in California we see, on a daily basis, what you descripted- a dependent society. There are generation after generation on entitlements. I don't think they have a clue how to get off,or out, of the system. It is very sad. What I fear the most is that I don't think most of them want to.

  3. Read this one on WND over a cup of English Breakfast this morning. This one is one of your best essays Patrice.

  4. Well, what can I say?

    Another nice tight grouping in the ten spot, 'Missy P.'

    And folks, don't miss the comments to the column. Aside from the one hateful anti-Christian knucklehead who sounds like he's probably a member of a Wisconsin teachers' union...or worse... one in's a good sampling of thoughts from folks with solid common sense and determination.

    A. McSp

  5. Most excellent article. Margret Thatcher defined the end of the entitlement mentality (socialism) - "the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money." When the present government crashes, as it must, the people that survive will be those that can do for them selves (One Second After is a must read). With only 3 days food supply on hand Walmart, Smith's, et al will be out of business in a short time if anything interrupts the delivery trucks (diesel fuel, or civil unrest). Only those that have stored food and can raise their own for next year, and can protect it from ALL comers, will survive. What yo really need is a government to take your years supply of food to feed their voters for one day.

  6. Yes, A.McSp. The comments were very interesting. Especially the one about FEMA and the Red Cross and the nothing they do for people suffering a natural disaster.

    I haven't trusted the Red Cross since the Northridge Quake in CA, when Red Cross workers passed out blankets, but only if the victim could pay the $40 fee. I do not support them with my hard-earned dollars any more. Too much of the donations end up in the pockets of their executives and professional fundraisers, and not in actual service to people in dire straits.

  7. Two of the posters on WND made a point I've been ranting about to anyone who will listen the last few weeks. The rules & regulations the government is hedging us in with have made it almost impossible to pull oneself up by ones bootstraps.
    OneThe example I used was the book describing Laura and Almanzo trekking to Missouri to purchase Rocky Ridge farm. Manny purchased an inventory of new hot pads and sold them along the way to pay for things. Another was a great uncle of mine who made it through the Depression by borrowing a trailer and hauling junk. He made enough to buy his own trailer. His brother (my great grandfather) farmed and provided food, the proceeds from the hauling and metal recycling paid for other items they needed.

    Try it now. It probably wouldn't be long before some civil entity came down on you for not having a business permit, a sales tax license, a business-use-of-home permit, a contractor's license for the hauling or something. Recall the man fined for growing too much food in his garden? The mom threatened with charges for running an unlicensed day care because she kept an eye on the neighborhood kids while they waited for the bus? I used to buy tamales from an "underground" cook - she had the cleanest kitchen I've ever seen, but it's not licensed. Want to pump gas in New York City as a job - take a test and pay $ for a license - to pump gas.

    Ugh. Didn't mean to write a whole book here, but you kinda touched a nerve with this one! :o)

    Becky (not the troll)

  8. "It is best to be honest and truthful, to make the most of what we have, to be happy with simple pleasures, and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong." --Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Need I say more?
    --K in OK <><