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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

They owe us an apology

Here's an interesting article I found through SurvivalBlog that appeared on Natural News entitled Liberal media, White House owes preppers and survivalists a massive apology in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

It's a lengthy article, and whether or not you agree with their perspective, it makes some excellent points. Please go read the whole thing, but meanwhile I've copied some highlights below.*

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For as long as we can all remember, preppers and survivalists have been derided by the mainstream media, labeled "kooks" and "wing nuts" for stockpiling food, water, ammunition, medical supplies and emergency gear. Only paranoid conspiracy theorists engage in evil preparedness activities, we were told by the sellout mainstream media, and they've convinced many that preppers may even be terrorists.

The very word "stockpiling" has been used in a derogatory manner, as if it's somehow bad for private citizens to stockpile food, medicine and emergency supplies that might save lives in a crisis. Never mind that the government stockpiles all these things for its own survival; citizens are routinely taught that stockpiling is bad!

Suddenly all that has changed. In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, preppers are the ones who aren't starving, freezing or begging the government to come save them with emergency supplies. Those who failed to prepare are now subjected to the chaotic, incompetent actions of the federal government which is, predictably, operating in a never-ending state of logistical failure.

Most people simply have no backup plan for when the power grid goes down. So they become yet another victim who needs to be rescued by a government that has a terrible track record on rescues.

In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, people who own emergency campstoves or cookstoves have been able to cook meals if they also stored some food.

Looting has been widespread in some areas, thanks mostly to the fact that police are spread too thin and can't cover all the territory. At first, the looting targeted commercial buildings, where looters made off with TV projectors, flat panel displays and valuable electronics, but it soon shifted to the looting of private homes by criminals dressed as Con Edison workers.

Preppers, of course, already have firearms and ammo. In fact, many preppers today are investing in firearms proficiency training in order to gain combat skills.

A typical prepper owns not only a handgun, but also a combat rifle (typically an AR or AK) and a shotgun for close quarters defense. In addition, preppers stockpile at least 1,000 rounds of ammo for each. It's not uncommon to talk to preppers who have stored 10,000 rounds of ammo for each firearm they own.

These firearms, far from causing violence, are used in the defense of life and property in communities struck by disaster. People who legally own firearms are law-abiding citizens who typically work with local law enforcement to restore peace and security to local communities and help stop criminals and looters.

One of the realizations emerging from all this is that the media's portrayal of preppers has been not just malicious and highly inaccurate. Preppers are not the "kooks" you see on TV shows (which the media admits are laced with pay-for-placement messages provided by the White House); they are intelligent, forward-thinking members of society who are truly a national treasure capable of saving lives in any disaster.

Preppers pick up where the police and the government drop the ball. Preppers provide food, water, emergency medicine and even local neighborhood security. They do it without being paid and without even being thanked for their contributions to society.

In the wake of superstorm Sandy, the national media -- and especially the liberal media which expresses intense hatred for preppers -- owes preppers a massive apology. Preppers create stability, safety and security in any crisis, and they deserve to be portrayed as the upstanding members of society they truly are.

The White House owes preppers a huge apology as well. Preppers and survivalists have, in the last few years, been characterized as "terrorists" by the Obama administration. The message is that anyone with a gun, some ammo and a stockpile of food is somehow "dangerous" or a threat to society. In reality, that person is the guy sharing food with neighbors and helping protect the neighborhood from violent criminal looters.

Preppers are actually on the target list of the U.S. government. As an active duty National Guard member named "Soldier X" has recently revealed, the Guard is being trained to "treat preppers as terrorists."

According to Soldier X, the government is compiling lists of preppers and intends to confiscate their guns and treat them as enemy combatants in any crisis situation. So the very group the government should be thanking for providing local community stability and order is the group being targeted for arrest, detainment and possibly being sent to Obama's secret military prisons under the provisions of the NDAA.

The reality of all this is that the federal government is trying to eliminate preppers and survivalists precisely as a way to create more panic, fear and chaos. Why? Because it is from that scenario that the government can justify yet more funding for itself, more police state crackdowns and more dependency among the citizen slaves.

Remember: Every government wants to become like North Korea, where it dominates everything in society, controls all the resources and commands citizens as if they were slaves. The U.S. government is no different: Like every government, it thirsts for unlimited power.

Preppers and survivalists interfere with the growth of government power because they demonstrate the far greater power of individual preparedness. When preppers take care of themselves and don't need to be rescued by the government, they send a "dangerous" message to the rest of society: Emergency preparedness is YOUR responsibility, not the government's.

* (From the Natural News website) Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

15 comments:

  1. Your blog has really inspired me over the last few months. (Oh gosh, I hope you don't think I'm a spammer now!! That's a generic opening if I ever read one!) :) This article does highlight some very valid points. I can't agree more that every prepper I know is preparing not only for THEMSELVES but with the knowledge that they may need to help neighbors, friends, and family. Thanks for posting, I needed this positive post to brighten my otherwise dreary post-election-results evening.

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  2. With the election results tonight, there will be a lot of new preppers in the morning. Time for the next phase in our household. DWLee3

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  3. Patrice, after reading your blog for a year now, I finally bought your Simplicity Primer. God help us and our country. Thankfully my husband and I are not starting from scratch, but our preparedness just got kicked up about ten notches.

    If anyone can point me in a good direction in regard to American Redoubt sources, I would appreciate it.

    Blessings and thank you for all that you do, Patrice!

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    1. The best possible source I can think of is Survivalblog.com They have a massive archive of info, spreadsheets for supplies and books, real estate listings, etc. It's a phenomenal resource.

      - Patrice

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  4. My state has always been fairly friendly to prepper ideas, but I still get funny looks from friends and neighbors for my "storm supplies".
    I just start listing stuff that has happened in our tri-county area in the last 24 months:
    Major tornado and straight-line wind damage (downed trees, power outages, blocked roads). Broken water mains (boil water alerts). Ice storms (immobility in our hilly area). Gas shortages (prolonged power outages = no working pumps).
    It's not about prepping for Armageddon, it's about prepping for what has always happened and what will always happen.

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    1. Same here-even the local WalMart and Dollar Store has things like batteries and bottled water listed as "Be Prepared" items, and the state even has a few of those mobile electronic roadsigns up advising people to be prepared for weather related disasters.

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  5. I try my very best to talk to friends and family about stocking up but even in Sandy's aftermath they still refuse to listen *sigh*.

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  6. I have only just begun stock piling things. I think its stupid to label preppers as terrorists, they would have to label some religous groups the same way. They stockpile a years worth of food. I know I dont have a years worth, but I can, freeze, dehydrate and buy extra when I can. I want to be able to protect and provide for my family. A few years ago we had a big ice storm and most were without power a week or more. I dont want to be caught with my pants down again.

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  7. "They owe us an apology"

    Don't hold your breath.

    Tim

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  8. Ellen hit the nail on the head...i could add a lot of other stuff to her list of things that always seem to happen and when a person least expects it to happen. and it is also a good thing to be prepared for the unexpected and the unusual stuff too.

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  9. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)November 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    The storm Sandy took out the roof and pulled down all the wires on my son's house. They stayed with us for four days and nights. We had enough food, fuel, personal hygiene items, clothing and bedding to handle it. We were prepared for an emergency. They weren't. In the future, they will be. Enough said.

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  10. Although I live in a southern state, in the last 15 years we have had an ice storm that made roads too slick to travel, an ice storm that put us without power for two and a half days, a moderately heavy snow that cut off secondary roads, no water at all for two days due to a malfunction, and a boil water alert for two days due to a break in distribution lines. We came through all of these minor problems without worry because we had prepared for major problems. We are glad things weren't worse each time, but they made us feel a little more secure in case of things getting really bad. We could stay home and not be afraid of being without drinkable water, food, or heat.

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  11. I'm a long haired, left wing liberal AND a prepper that also happens to live in north Idaho. Back in the 70's we called our selves, " back-to-the-landers." part allifilation aside, I am comforted that I can provide and protect me and my family. I know, I may not be the stereotypical profile that people think of when they think prepper but so be it. Providing food, shelter and protection is not only for right wing conservatives.

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    1. The "back to the land" movement has attracted people with radically different ideologies for different reasons. I have conservative Christian friends who will talk about articles from _Mother_Earth_News_.

      I'd like to think that right and left wing preppers would help each other out without regard to politics in any emergency.

      Evidently the antipathy that the current administration and its closest allies have for self-sufficient Americans doesn't affect everybody on the left side of the spectrum. Some of these things may be more pro-state vs pro-liberty than left vs right.

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  12. Don't hold your breath waiting for an apology.

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