Saturday, December 8, 2012

Are preppers responsible for the unprepared?

As a follow-up to my earlier blog post entitled A Failure to Communicate, here's this weekend's WND column entitled Are Preppers Responsible for the Unprepared?


  1. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)December 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    I read her comments as she tried to wriggle out of what she originally said. She STILL doesn't get it. Some of my neighbors and friends don't get it either. No amount of trying to make them see how preparing will help them makes no difference. It's like talking to a brick wall. Among the ones that do, we have banded together to help one another. We share tips and ideas on how to handle emergencies and how to pool our resources. We help each other even when there are no problems. We can count on them and they can count on us. God forbid if you had to wait for FEMA to help you. Just ask the people in New York and New Jersey after Sandy hit how fast they acted.

  2. Patrice, I followed Valerie Lucus-McEwen's blogs as she walked her initial comments back under heavy attack. I agree with Phyllis that she still doesn't get it.

    Her mindset is that of the big government progressive; most preppers have a self reliant heart.

    We will never change her, just as the woman who appeared on TV, following Sandy, screaming at Senator Schumer, "We'll all die," and demanding that he 'get the trucks' right to her corner will never change her mind. After all, according to them, the government will provide. God forbid she have a few extra containers of food and water in the house.

    Interesting, Ms Valerie Lucus-McEwen also admits that the federal cavalry will be very slow to arrive following large disasters. The larger the disaster, the slower they'll be to respond. I seriously doubt that it's an overnight power outage that concerns most preppers; most of us are concerned about what lies ahead.

    I am disturbed about Lucus-McEwen's idea of getting 'community' hands on resources. Interestingly, if we assume that 1% of the population has a year's supply of food on hand, when redistributed as Lucus-McEwen seems to prefer, that food lasts only 4 days. The solution isn't to grab supplies like a Civil War raider... it's for most of the population to prepare. Not going to happen, unfortunately.

  3. I'll repeat the same comment here as I made a few days ago for a previous post on this subject .....

    I've yet to read the two words from Lucas-McEwen that would add real weight to her "in-an-emergency-what's-yours-is-ours" argument:

    Thank you.

    Unless I missed that somewhere. Did I miss that part?

    Until I see those words, I'm ignoring her.

    Just Me.

  4. I think I have finally figured out MS. Lucus-McEwen's plan for FEMA. She realizes that in a disaster that Federal currency - Federal Reserve Notes, what ever they call food stamps this week and even checks/credit cards in general) will be worthless. BUT the one thing that can keep on buying the loyalty of the masses is food. I believe that she is paving the path so that confiscating YOUR food to give to those that are loyal to the government is not only acceptable but expected.

    There are several things to be considered:
    1) U.S Supreme Court has duller that the police have no duty to protect you as an individual.

    2) No where in the U.S. Constitution are there provisions for FEMA, but FEMA puts the current administration in favorable light to those who believe that Big Brother is there to protect them.

    a couple of quotes:
    “The people — the people — are the rightful masters of both Congresses, and courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.” - "Abraham Lincoln, [September 16-17, 1859] (Notes for Speech in Kansas and Ohio)," Page 2.

    Patriotism means to stand by the country.
    It does not mean to stand by the president.
    Theodore Roosevelt

    JW M

  5. Great WND post, Patricia. Thank goodness there are people like you (and your family). If we had to depend on the Lucus-McKewens of the world, we'd all be in deep trouble! After reading her most recent posts, I can see that she still doesn't understand those who called her to task. Most likely, she never will as she appears to be a pre-programmed robot created by the government.

    Despite her, and others like her, I intend to continue prepping and taking care of my own family. As I stated in a comment I posted on her site, I'll be glad to help those who can't help themselves - everyone else can stuff it. To horribly paraphrase Marie Antoinette, "Let them eat Large Screen TV's!"

    Sam Linder

  6. I would help those in need who came asking to the point I could. I don't know how far I could. Right now, I'm only beginning preparation for our family -- at least for food.

    If they come to forcibly seize my family's food supplies, they'll sample my ammunition supply.

  7. Valerie Lucus-McEwen will NEVER get it because she is incapable of understanding. She is a typical big government liberal who sees government as the end all and be all of solutions. In her eyes it is the most prepared to help "the common good" no matter how it has to do that. She simply doesn't understand nor want to understand the self reliant people of this nation. She can no more understand them than I can understand liberalism.

    Therefore, I will simply continue to ignore her comments and prepare and continue to keep it very quiet so I don't get on the list of targeted preppers when the need to "help the common good" comes along. Instead I will do my best to *look* as poor and helpless as the masses around me.

  8. It all comes down to, this woman is a communist, in its purest sense. Everyone is responsible for everyone, and everyone has what they need and want, and everyone works equally to provide that. She wants us to be Borg (hive-minded creatures in a TV sci-fi show). We are ALL responsible for ALL, as if we were one body.

    My response is, would that be nice. It would be lovely if there were unicorns, and lions were sweet friendly creatures who ate strawberries instead of lambs. How sweet if we could capture clouds to bounce on, and there were no icky worms living under garden rocks.

    The bald truth is, communism doesn't work. FEMA can't efficiently help everybody. The government doesn't know best what each individual needs.

    If I pay extra taxes to fund emergency preparedness for my community it will not be spent sanely. The majority of my community does not want to pay for it, nor take part in the work for it. If there is a disaster, they want those supplies to be there even though they know perfectly well they didn't go get get them, pay for them, organize them, tend them, rotate them, or in any way think about them.

    You can believe in La La Land, but unfortunately you can't live in it. You just go ahead and selfishly spend your own money on what you want, and I'll selfishly spend my money on what I want. You want to watch a big screen TV, I want my children to survive.

  9. An excellent follow-up article to an excellent article! I read all three of her blog posts, and a lot of the comments on all of them. It's just mind-blowing.

    It was refreshing, though, to see all of the dissenting comments there. Not just that she allowed them, but that there were so many who were willing to comment.

    I tried, but my comment was too long. I wasn't about to edit it to less than half the size, so I ditched it. Probably better, anyway.

  10. I hope it isn't too late to comment on this post. As a regular lurker here, I understand and agree with the prepper mindset. However, I do have a question. One which I hope others will see as honest. It is not meant to be accusatory or insulting, I’m sincerely trying to understand…

    There seems to be a lot of concern about the fact that few people are actually doing any prepping, but no one ever really discusses the obvious (to me, anyway) “other shoe.” What makes you think you will be able to stop the government from taking what you’ve accumulated, should there ever be a long-term crisis? Many people seem to feel that as our society disintegrates, the government will weaken and unravel. However, with so many people convinced that the government has all the answers, I think the opposite will happen. I believe it will probably become very powerful. So what will you do when the National Guard tanks roll up the lane to ‘politely’ request that you ‘share’ for the ’common good’? And not just your food, but maybe your land/property as well. I never hear anyone discussing this beyond the occasional random comment that they’re armed. To me, this question is foundational to prepping. Will you really fight to the death? And your family too? What is the point of preparing if - should a long-term crisis arise - your supplies will likely be taken from you by force? Yes, you may very well be able to protect yourself from marauders, but I honestly think it will be the government itself that would come knocking before very long. And they will have public opinion squarely behind them. As Ms. Lucus-McKewen’s writings make obvious, the vast majority of people will feel entitled to force you to share what you have. And of course, they will not be inclined to “wait you out,” given that it’s your stockpile they’d be after. They would see you and your loved ones in the same light as those people gunned down at Ruby Ridge… as ‘crazy nuts’ who refused to submit to law enforcement. So help me understand. In a crisis, do you really think the government will suddenly swing in favor of freedom, autonomy and self-sufficiency? What am I missing here? What do you see that I don’t? Have you considered the possibility, and if so, what’s the plan?

    1. What is the point of preparing if - should a long-term crisis arise - your supplies will likely be taken from you by force? Yes, you may very well be able to protect yourself from marauders, but I honestly think it will be the government itself that would come knocking before very long

      The smart move is to let nobody know you're a prepper. Ever. Accumulate resources (food, ammo, etc) in such a way as to avoid attracting attention. They can't take what they don't know you have.

      As for houses/land, probably the best defense is to be remote enough that your house/land has little value. If they want to relocate people from cities, distance matters.

      Here are your 3 choices and outcomes:

      If you don't prep.... you're dead.

      If you prep... and the government targets you... you're dead.

      If you prep... and the government misses you... you'll probably survive.

      So... the biggest part of prepping is... staying off the radar. I love your blog, but for your own safety you should delete it. And move.