A Memoir On One Family’s Move To The American Redoubt- Part 1, by X. Liberal & China Doll

Epigraph, Genesis

“And God said unto Noah, ‘The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms though shalt make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without pitch.’”

– Genesis 13:13-14 KJV


Let us give you a little background about ourselves. X. Liberal is a man with athletic build who played ice hockey in college, where he was educated with a master’s degree in accounting, and is a CPA. X. Liberal’s wife, China Doll, is the only thing in our home that is “Made in China”. She is educated with a PhD, serves as the family anchor, and is scripturally rooted, a prayer warrior, God fearing, speaks three languages, knows advanced calculus, and keeps an efficient household in order while cooking healthy meals. Both of us are Christians, love life, love each other, and love the Lord.

Our Nicknames

A Marine once corrected me when I asked, “So you’re an X. Marine?” He quipped, “No, an X. Marine is someone who served and that wants nothing to do with the corps, its creed, or brotherhood. Once a Marine always a Marine… I’m a former Marine!” Enough said, “I’m an X. Liberal.” As for my wife, China Doll, it should be self explanatory.

The Why

In 2011, after reading JWR’s book How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It, I had a stark realization when he contrasted moral relativism to God’s moral code written in stone—the 10 Commandments. I was searching. I had just witnessed my career field in accountancy yield unattainable results that my father and grandfathers’ careers yielded: That is, I wasn’t going to be able to retire, provide for a family, have family medical benefits all as my forefathers had. The American Dream I realized, for my generation, is now unattainable.

There are two primary catalysts for this societal debacle, and this will offend some, so get ready.

Reason #1- Feminism

[I’ve written on this site before, but here’s the recap and some added text.]

In 1960: female employment rate was 10%, and the divorce rate was 10%; Today: the female employment rate is 60%-70% as is the divorce rate at 60%-70%. By men providing for their wives and their wives not wanting to toil in a man’s field, the American family is secure.

In 1960, abortion was illegal. Today, 60,000,000 baby murders have occurred legally by the woman’s right, which by law is not a man’s right to choose.

Gender Equality; It’s Not Equal

Over $1 trillion USD has been sued out of corporate American for gender equality, discrimination, sexual harassment, offense, slander, liable, and sexism initiated by women. Men have not in the past sued the employers that feed their families. 91% of child custody cases are won by women. No Fault Divorce is associated with large wealth transfers.

Domestic violence/stalking/harassment are almost exclusively filed by women against manhood. Domestic button-pushing usually is never in those legal proceedings. Consented unmarried sex is now used to topple manhood many decades later. Sexual harassment is now construed as women liberating themselves from their marriage bed. Men have longer prison sentencing for the same crime. Welfare, healthcare, education, medical research, and abortion tax dollars are almost exclusively doled out to women. Women are labeled the minority but are the majority in high paying, high prestigious managerial career fields.

According to the IRS, women do not support a stay-at-home spouse but 30% of American women do not earn a wage and are supported by wage earning men. Ninety percent (90%) of the military is comprised of men. Ninety-one percent (91%) of patents are granted to men. All buildings and roads are constructed by men, and sewer lines, electrical, and plumbing has all been laid by men. Men do the most back-break, life-shortening, and riskiest careers. Men have designed everything, built everything, and fight all our wars, including the next war. Women have only entered into their husband’s toil when men made weatherproofed buildings with defined comfortable cubicles. Women have weaponized human resource departments to go to war with the family provider—men. It’s not been equal.

Okay anyone offended yet? Ladies!

Example From To Kill A Mockingbird

I always like to give this example from the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. If Atticus Finch had a wife and she went to law school [on Atticus’s dime, of course], then she nails a shingle up, Atticus’s clientele would be cut in half. Now she’s happy that she’s earning money—exactly equal to her husband except without supporting the stay-at-home spouse configuration. However, something is bothering her, because she realizes she is not being fulfilled as a woman, created by God to be cared for and provided for by her loving husband.

Her income now has to go to pay for the family bills, as her husband’s income is now cut in half [because she took half of his defined number of clients in the small town of 5000]. She feels equal enough, showing up the same time as her husband and drinking the same morning coffee, so, she does what her woman’s intuition tells her about a man not pulling his own weight in providing for the family, she files for divorce.

After that bliss wears off from that immediate solution, another stark realization is spurred– she’s all alone now. So she wins a child custody battle by implementing domestic button pushing and obtaining a domestic violence charge on Atticus. Now, after that bliss wears off, another stark realization occurs– that she’s on her own now and in order to capture a full 100% household income to support her because she wants to be equal to a man, she sues and obtains child support until the children are age 21.

Once that bliss wears off, her heart tells her she’s in need of a companion now. She realizes quickly that she can obtain multiple boyfriends per week to buy her things just for sleeping over a night here and there, because the town is replete with sexually starved men now that she and her girlfriends toiled in their husband’s field inadvertently sexually harassing men by liberating themselves from marriage—the marriage bed.

Her pay-to-play scheme isn’t working for her. She’s not satisfied any longer. Reflecting on the bad morals of men residing in the town, hopping from bedroom to bedroom due to having no wives and no sexual outlet, she has a few meetings with her corporate HR Director and fires men in the role of family patriarch from her law firm. Now her job is secure as the senior attorney of the firm.

She Will Not Give Up the Notion of Being Equal To Manhood

She’s stressed, but she will not give up the notion of being equal to manhood. She looks into her grim future of earning an entire household income, each day, paying insurances, mortgage, autos, utilities, food every month, and doing this for the next 50 years up to and including grabbing benefits and retirement for herself. Her stress is at a level beyond belief and she’s now pregnant again, out of wedlock. She knows that will cost too much money and become such a great burden to her, so she finds immediate relief from her problems at the local Planned Parenthood office.

Her children no longer call her blessed, as she threw their father out of the home, so she files a restraining order against him to blacken in the name of their father and hopefully win the appreciation of her children back. Their father is incarcerated through her accusations in a court of law.

Feeling overwhelmed and extremely stressed out, she conjures up an early retirement plan, through which she will wave her worries goodbye from her self-inflicted wounds that have come from refusing God’s role of a matriarch settling her spirit under her husband’s spiritual authority. So she files a sexual harassment lawsuit after seducing her boss over a course of a few months. From those court winnings, the law firm is bankrupt and all patriarch are on unemployment.

However, now she’s home full time, with a lifelong income, with her children, and erasing her memories each day from having divorced, aborted, sued, incarcerated, and terminated men, sexually harassed, stolen children from their father, taken tax dollars in the form of governmental handouts, tarnished men with police records, and utterly destroyed human society. But in the aftermath, she calls herself equal and elated that finally she has peace of mind of having obtained gender equality!

Societal Destruction

Now no one woman has conjured up this much societal destruction. But on the whole, the feminist movement has!

My wife will point out, “I wonder how many divorces, abortions, lawsuits, terminations, incarcerations, harassment, child custody battles, corporate bottom lines ruined, new corporate policies implemented, sexual harassment on manhood, and essentially families destroyed just to place that woman on that billboard smiling in a man’s role?”

The Proverbs 31 Woman

She also illustrates the Proverbs 31 woman who owns/manages a field to supplement her husband’s family income. This illustration includes her loving husband in her picture of family rather than “single Momhood”. The Bible doesn’t illustrate that the Proverbs 31 woman fires all the patriarch family providers in her field, files lawsuits for defamation of character, and hurt feelings, murders babies in her womb, divorces her husband, incarcerates the men in the community by legislating laws in a woman’s favor, and then sets traps, and finally liberates herself from the marriage bed. Feminists always bring up the Proverbs 31 woman to a conservative woman as why they are allowed to work. Are feminists working or dismantling God’s functioning society?

Get ready for TEOTWAWKI, because taking women from God’s blessed role of matriarch and placing them into the role of patriarch—[the Left’s made-up gender equality plight to destroy human society for none other than to illustrate that Christian principles and that Christian principled U.S. Constitution needs to be thrown in the trash], will only incur God’s curses, not God’s blessings.

Reason #2– California

According to a NY Times article, tens of millions of American families have been displaced from California to other states. Liberal, anti-American, and outright Communist policies set into motion through the far-Left run Sacramento legislature have caused sever upheaval in human affairs.

The Bennington Flag flies over our property in the American Redoubt. We will not allow the American flag to wave with the California star [#31]. Unlike California Snowflakes, we’ll not desecrate the American flag by an act of tearing that star off.

Ongoing California Exodus

Everyone in this ongoing California Exodus, such as us, left for some reason. Below are a few:

  • The People’s Republic of California (TPROC) has the most number of citizens locked up in jail [America has the most per capita locked up than any nation of the world, which places TPROC as the top state/area on the face of the planet for people in prison per capita].
  • Personally, they have the most harassing and damning law enforcement on the world canvas, with zero tolerance for anyone not adhering to their Communist manifesto written into law daily.
  • Freedom of Speech [1st Amendment] is gone with their Silicon Valley social media corporations silencing Conservative speech and promoting Leftist speech throughout the world.
  • Right to Bear Arms [2nd Amendment] is now gone with harassing/menacing gun laws [no suppressors, no assault rifles, small magazine sizes, can’t transport without permit, must register guns, background checks on ammunition, et cetera].
  • Workforces are so hostile that Human Resources are weaponized and employees are terminated on a worker’s word alone. There is no due process of law; you’re just fired.
  • Habeas Corps is now gone along with Miranda rights.
  • TPROC held the highest divorce rate in the world [Orange County held a 90% divorce rate] until they implemented “shack up” laws—hundreds and even thousands of sexual partners without ever a trail of divorce.
  • TPROC blatantly violates federal laws for sanctuary cities, infringement on 2A and 1A-free speech.
  • 9th Circuit court holds the most radical Leftist Federal Judges legislating laws from the bench instead of interpreting the Constitution, as the Founders had intended.
  • TPROC boasts of writing the most laws, red tape, policies, fines, levies, penalties for any crime imaginable, such as in starting a new business, driving a motor vehicle, obtaining a library card, renting an apartment, or walking down the beach.
  • Homeowner’s associations are on board with harassment constantly to homeowners.
  • Smoking cigarettes in public is banned in all areas of public space in Orange County. [Founders had tobacco plantations and the Left wants them punished for being Christian.] On the other hand, they want to legalize marijuana.So much for second hand smoke, where they won their billions in punitive damages.
  • TPROC has the highest taxes per capita, including sales and property, though it has the most illiterate in public schools.
  • They are the highest debtor state.
  • TPROC has the most militarized law enforcement agencies with the least armed citizenry.
  • TPROC has the most harassment granted to homeschooling parents than anywhere in the world.

I’ll stop right here, as this is beginning to look like the Declaration of Independence with all the Founders’ grievances.

TPROC is building a massive surveillance infrastructure between California and Nevada, but it won’t build one between Mexico and California. I’m afraid that the cliché will take root, “So goes California, so goes the nation.” This is a true Communist state on American soil with so many displaced families, numbering in the tens-of-millions, and common citizens just like us, injured beyond repair. Many families, such as ours, have become broke financially and gutted spiritually by TPROC.

Both the state of California for its assault on Christian principles and U.S. Constitution and Women’s Rights/Feminism for incurring more devastation than all Americas foreign/domestic conflicts combined should be on the Domestic Terrorist Watch List. At least they should be highlighted as a threat to national security with this much destruction in their wakes.

Inner City

Why anyone would want to live in the inner cities is beyond comprehension. Liberals are requiring their “controlled citizens” to be arranged inside of carefully mapped and planned city infrastructures under the role of City Planner. The public schools, libraries, police stations, parks, dog poop parks, fire departments, stores, office buildings, roads, and warehouses are strategically placed for the benefit of camera surveillance to give oversight by the state. Public schools, governmental buildings, and city gathering spaces are all to be absent of God or else fines, lawsuits, or incarcerations are enacted.

The only place for God is inside the carefully planned city church and God or His word is no longer allowed outside those four church walls. Otherwise, there is contact/apprehension by the police. Waving Old Glory inside the city boundaries is also a no-no and regulated by law enforcement and homeowner’s associations. Why anyone would want to live in a public “concentration camp” brings wisdom to JWR’s words, “Don’t get on the bus.”


Due to OPSEC, my wife and I felt it would be best if we didn’t show actual footage/pictures of our build, location, design structure, background mountain ranges, or soil composition. You-all would disown us if we did. The photos herein are from un-copyrighted sources off the Internet.


Well, you’ve guessed it. The federal government isn’t confiscating beachfront property down at Laguna Beach, TPROC, because apparently it isn’t worth preserving for future generations. It must be those post card picture scenes inside the American Redoubt as why the U.S. government is conserving/confiscating so much land.

The American Redoubt

It’s so beautiful here in the American Redoubt, breathing mountainous crisp clean air, surrounded by low population density, low crime, teeming wildlife, fish/fowl, fresh water sources, open expanse of skies with galaxies almost at your fingertips nightly, historical museums/battle fields, law enforcement which upholds the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens, judges who don’t legislate from the bench, conservative legislatures, second amendment without infringement, homeschooling galore, and, yes, plenty of conservative hard-working Christians of all colors, nationalities, backgrounds, and political affiliations [where liberal/Democrats are the minority].

Resembling the Pilgrims

As our family, resembling the Pilgrims whom were run out of their homes through religious/political persecution in England/Holland, we’ve entered into a land of plenty and beauty. But this newfound freedom we’ve come into, due to Liberals in TPROC purposefully run conservatives/Christians from their homes, is not without trials/tribulations to overcome, which is to be expected.

The American Redoubt is not for the pampered, latte drinking, latest fashion dressed, metrosexual, nark to law enforcement regarding your neighbors’ conduct, and utmost conformer to liberal edicts seasoned with the latest social justice cause. Our diaries are chocked full of adventures, overcoming, and nonconforming to the liberal high society.

Our pastor once illustrated, “The only thing you take to Heaven with you are relationships.” After becoming a student of this Prepper way of life, we’ve stepped up our game with the Lord and are living a life of no regrets. Thanks JWR/family for making the sacrifices and setting the example!

Tomorrow, we will share about our move finances/budget, the property, and begin detailing our building process.

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    1. Wow is right. […]

      Looking forward to the next installments. It will be entertaining to see what […][he] wants to teach the rest of us that have only been doing this for forty years.

  1. If the opportunity arises in your life, please support the State of Jefferson movement. Millions of northeastern Californians are working for freedom by forming a new state. “It’s time for 51.”

  2. Wow! Tell it like it is brother! I’m still bothered by my fellow Tennesseans who are so clueless of what is going on in our own state. The devil is good at showing and luring others away from how Jehovah wants us to live. I have noticed that Nashville is becoming more and more liberal. I presume that in a few short years, that this great state will be consumed by un-american ideas and people. So many people are moving here from all over. I have also noticed that like NY, the huge city populations govern the rest of the state. Up state NY folks are quiet different in their thinking and living than the NY City people. I am excited for you being able to live free as you do in the redoubt! I am moving my wife and I into rural Tennessee. As a retired USASF soldier, I am planning and building my retreat for my son’s and their families and our christian friends. I know they will be headed our way when they see TEOTWAWKI. May our GREAT GOD continue to bless you all! Jed

    1. Jed I hear ya there, I live in south west Tn and I do love the freedom, I have also been up to Nashville and it’s just as scary as Salt Lake City or Cali!

  3. The assumption the majority of men uphold their role has a play in this. There are few of these.

    Chastising women for just existing gets you nowhere with me. The majority of Women cannot marry what appears to be literally a dying breed. We have to survive somehow. What do you suggest?

    1. “In the nineteenth century Europe women were widely considered to have a political identity radically different from that of men. They were defined as motherly, nurturing, incapable of comprehending complex political and financial questions, and emotional..these are identities that female political influence as inappropriate if not outright dangerous. This view was held to be an objective account of women’s nature, not a particular construction of identity, and it was reproduced through linguistic practices which continuously reinstalled the male as the privileged political subject.”

      To Ask a woman, you’d be right to think that chastising women is not useful. What I have quoted above together with this article’s discussion on what roles women have to play, this is a reproduction of Western thought. So, just what is a woman’s role in survival? Apparently, with the reproduction of this type of thought, your role is to basically shut up because apparently this type of thought suggests you have no value other than being a wife and a mother. (Not my opinion!!!)

    2. Ask a Woman, I agree many men today are immoral pigs. Feminism came along and offered free sex with no commitment. The bar was lowered and men adapted remarkedly well.

      I am not trying to be rude or coarse, to the point. I would suggest for women who cannot find a suitable husband and get married, then please keep your legs closed. You can survive without sex.

      It breaks this old coot’s heart to see so many children aborted or raised without an engaged committed Father.

      Note: Good potential husbands/Fathers can be found anywhere Christ still rules. Go to virtually any church in the rural Redoubt and you will find good potential husbands/Fathers.

    3. You could ask Helen Lamarr over patents.
      Marie Curie About dangerous scientific Experiments…

      The Woman who served in the british Forces during WWII,

      Come I early, come i lately i found Agnes at the Gates.

      If you scorn Woman working, for Breaking up marriages.
      If the only reason a Woman should stay in a bad marriage is because she is forced so by law and economic reasons, she´s a slave.

      Your employer may pay you, to feed your Family, mine is paying me for the work i do

  4. Great post. We too left California several years ago after talking about a move to the redoubt area for over a decade. Thankfully an early retirement awarded us the opportunity to do so several years before retiring at the usual age of 65.

    The reasons you listed are amongst the same ones that chased us from our beloved neighborhood in the Eastern Sierra of over 40 years. No, we did not live in the massive cities, yet the ways of those population centers regulated our everyday living as if we were there.

    We have enjoyed the blessings of the redoubt region as they are offered, without any desire to ‘change things’ like so many escapees from the TPROC are apt to try to do. What is offered here in the Redoubt is what I found 45 years ago when I moved from Los Angeles to a small community in the Eastern Sierra. Sadly over the 41 years I lived and thrived there folks from the TPROC population centers gradually migrated in as residents and second home owners and brought with them the ideas that have destroyed the state.

    I sincerely pray that those who relocate to the Redoubt region leave behind the liberal ways they are attempting to escape from and reinforce the conservative values so widely maintained and practiced in our wonderful neighborhoods. I’ll be back to harvesting spring run Chinook Salmon from our bounties offered here in the northwest in a few days as the run finishes the fishes life cycle back to it’s spawning grounds.

    We are quite pleased with our new neighbors, the rural lifestyle, the beauty and peacefulness and reduced stressful life style of no longer having the mental anguish of dealing with the TPROC. The beauty we left was incredible but ruined by those who run California.

  5. I’ve lived in the Redoubt since the early 80’s.. I always get a chuckle when people from California share their experiences moving here. So long as they leave their politics and big city expectations behind, I don’t mind helping them out.. If they start longing for the conveniences of 24 hr services or complaining about the noon whistles in the smaller towns, I remind them that the road they drove in on can be traveled on in the opposite direction too.

  6. What a great post. I also nominate it for the winner of the writing contest. Can’t wait to see the rest. As for “Ask a Woman” s comment. You complain that good and honorable men are a dying breed. Yet it is women who have killed them, or driven them into obscurity. Many men have simply said enough is enough, I want nothing to do with Modern Women. In actuality, it is the good and honorable woman who has disappeared.

  7. This article mis-interprets Proverbs 31:10, referred to as “the wife of noble character” or “the virtuous wife”. This scripture has to do with a woman recognizing her role and responsibilities as a wife and mother in a Christian marriage and has nothing to do with modern, liberal “Feminism”. I also object to the gross generalities focused upon women in society…”ask a woman” is correct on those counts, especially the “slackers” and “no-account” men in our society that women have to choose from. It goes both ways: generalities and simplistic statements aren’t justifiable from the perspective of any gender.

  8. I agree with X. Liberal and Carl. I want nothing to do with Modern Woman. I have learned over my 50 years that when I am working she is running around with Jody behind my back.

    1. JD is just what the name implies, Jurist Doctorate. I’m an attorney and stopped counting at $1-trillion in lawsuits [these are lawsuits filed, I didn’t get into the winnings or even if they’ve been thrown out of court]. However, just in filings alone, I estimate it is more like $10-trillion or even more sizable $100-trillion over the next few years. I don’t foresee men standing up, Congress, or any other governmental agency on the world canvas doing anything to stop the carnage [not with women allowed to play the hurt/victim card, and female Legislatures writing “gender neutral laws” with underpinnings to go right after manhood—stacking the tables for more “women only” lawsuits or court winnings for (sexual harassment, domestic violence, stalking, harassment, offence/hurts, libel/slander, gender discrimination, taxpayer funded legislation for women only programs, et al.)].

      In the near future gender equality “themes” will place our corporations/economic thresholds/nations/world at severe risk. If women are allowed to continue to sue Corporations/militaries/nations for punitive damages of them not being equality fit as men-gender equality “themes”, soon these types of lawsuits will exceed $1-quadrillion [$1,000,000,000,000,000.00] over the next century alone.

      Here are just a few links, and there are hundreds of thousands of more links will million dollar court winnings for the gender of WOMEN!

      Check them out for yourselves!

      Here is $170-billion in a suit against Goldman Sachs…
      Here’s a billion dollars in court winnings just with 8 lawsuits…
      Another billion with media moguls..
      $1.4-billion lawsuit at Dreshder
      Another billion
      Here’s $230-Billion with 1 company

  9. Great presention from the author and much appreciated discussion via the comments. The whole situation is too complex to blame a singly demographic but it is so essential that we consider all elements of the problem as well as the possible solution.

    We as the Church, and I consider myself as having responsibility here, must accept that the secular world is not going to solve this situation for us. Realizing we must not be too simplistic here, contempory “men’s ministry” is too often focusing on a monthly saturday breakfast and engaging men in serving the legistical needs of the sunday morning production as the answer to developing Biblical manhood. Grant it, some even build in a periodic wilderness adventure, but we still come up short.

    Two basic needs are still missing from the Biblical mandate; functioning as the true Body of Christ in a small group of believers who deal with the challenges of life together, and men pursuing and making Biblical disciples in the truth of Scripture and the pattern of Jesus. Getting back to these basics will include women, men, and children in the beautiful, as well as dirty work of life, no mater where we live.

    Please keep up this vibrant and necessary discourse.

  10. Brother X.Liberal, your frustration at the state of the world is understandable. I, too, am dismayed, watching helplessly as our Republic crumbles from within from the weight of ignorance and evil operators.

    As a senior woman, I remember how it used to be with mother at home, and dad leading and caring for the family. That was the overwhelming norm back then. Lots of people up here in the Redoubt are living that same Biblically-blessed lifestyle, which gives me hope for the future of this area. But with the world as broken as it is currently, we need not be surprised that there are plenty of good Christians who aren’t in that situation, and simply are making the best of the hand that was dealt them.

    I left California for the American Redoubt last year, all on my own, and I’m beyond overjoyed with the results. The quality of life is so far superior here. Even the winter snow has its beauty and peace. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to bear the cold winters but found that I enjoy the change of seasons. Even though it is physically more demanding at my age, I could no longer stand to stay in the oppressive atmosphere of liberalism.

    The people here are awesome, and I’m frequently struck by how many are smiling as they go about their daily lives. Stopping for a chat is common here; in California nobody has time for that. Christian fellowship is alive and well. Privacy and independence are respected qualities. The cost of living is much more reasonable. And living among other like minded people is like a healing balm. I hope you and your wife will continue to thrive here. Looking forward to the next installments.

    1. You remember something, that didn´t last longer than a blink of the eye in human history.

      A Part of the 20th century, Nothing more.

      Woman did work on the farm, in the field*, in the Workshop with their men or without.
      In the middle ages they did not seldom run their own Workshops.
      In modern times in the factory or as maidservants.

      And this had only one reason, it was needed for the necessities of life.
      We´ve now the luxury, that most of our work we work for luxuries not for necessities.

      A Family who typecast women to the role of housewife and mother, puts all eggs of breadwinning in one Basket*.

      *My Grandmother could tell a long and thorough Story how easy it is to raise Children, after my Grandfather died without having a profession.
      Not easy, absolutly not easy!

      1. I’m not talking about the Stepford wives. My point was that the man was the leader and protector. As a woman, I want that leadership and protection. A woman being “at home” doesn’t mean she isn’t working and sharing the load, just that the loads differ somewhat. And as an unmarried senior citizen, I take care of both roles in my own life. Today I shoveled ten wheelbarrows full of woodchips, laid down groundcloth, covered with the woodchips, hauled another three wheelbarrows full of grassclippings down to the compost pile, replaced the cat litter, took out the trash, had a repair man fix my propane stove for which I wrote a check with money that I earned, currently folding my third load of laundry with the fourth in the dryer, wondering what I’ll fix for my dinner. Still need to go out and water the garden. I am by no means working for luxuries. And I am far from typecast. But I do believe a husband who can’t lead and protect his family is not what God had in mind.

        1. I was Talking About the Stay at home Woman doing the household

          How much a man who isn´t at home Maybe for month can be a leader and protector is an interesting Question?

          Luxuries, like laundry machine, dryer, dish washer and the device used to write our Posts.

          1. ThoDan,
            Your post is almost completely unreadable. You write incomplete sentences, with missing words, and broken grammar. If you are going to present your case, please at least use the Queen’s English. Otherwise you waste your own time, and ours. Why should anyone here listen to someone who cannot speak in sentences?

  11. Like the article. Some hard truths. Been married for 25 years. Many of them good, some were really challenging. We’ve been happiest when we take on the roles of husband and wife as defined in the Bible. We’ve faced calamity (almost divorced) when we moved away from that model. God’s model really works.

    I don’t have much advice to offer married couples having trouble except for going to a counselor that adheres to the biblical concept of marriage. This is well worth your time and money. You may hear some things about yourself you don’t like, and maybe a frank assessment of your lives.

    If you are not yet married and the person you are dating or interested in is expressing views that support the modern workd’s definition of marriage or relationships where the man doesn’t lead and the woman has no intention of being a helper in a loving relationship, I advise you to seriously think about if you should remain in that relationship. Things only get more challenging once you’re hitched. Marriage can also be extremely rewarding and a beautiful experience if managed correctly.

  12. Great article but California isn’t the state with the most incarcerated people, both in number and in percentage. Numberwise, it isn’t first, and percentagewise, it isn’t even in the top ten.

  13. California also isn’t the statenwith the highest divirce rate. At 6.7%, itnis number 45 on the lzist of the highest divorce rates in the US. Nevada ids the highest with 13.8%. Great article though.

  14. California is number 33 on the list of 50 states with the highest debt. However, Californians thcemselves do have the highest personal debt to income rate of any state in the US. Great article though.

  15. After reading this, it reminds me of just how lucky I am. My wife is the bread winner in our family. I am an RN by trade and she is in sales. About 10 yrs ago she began making several times what I could make as a nurse. In fact, there was no amount of education that I could obtain that would put me on par with her. When we reached the point that not only would my income not pay her federal taxes and I would also be bringing home half of my income, I retired. She has been fully supportive and even now when I do desire to return to work she feels it would not be worth it for me to give up weekends and holidays at home. Now to compensate I do 90% of the house work, most of the laundry, all of the maintenance, repairs and yard work. We have a little over 3 acres and are continuously doing projects from building garages to remodeling so I tend to stay reasonably busy. In addition, my son is her step son and she has always been very generous with him and treats him like her own as she never had children of her own. To be fair, we have been together since my 22yr old son was 3 and for the first 15yrs we both worked full time. Though I know she could leave me and find someone in her income level in her field, she firmly believes in marriage and is adamant that the grass is not always greener on the other side. She still cooks, likes the door opened for her and treats me as an equal in all financial decisions frequently leaving it up to me to decide where our investments should go. It doesn’t feel good to not be the provider but that is the circumstances and she knows if need be I would return to work.

  16. I second the Nomination put forward herewith for this piece to take 1st Place in the contest. As an ex-native Californian myself I saw the quality of life deteriorate during the 1980’s and beyond. The Sacramento political structure was obsessed with protecting the rights of illegal immigrants than serving those who were born in the state and actually paid the majority of the taxes for decades to support the state. I was the victim of ID theft several times by the ‘undocumented.’ Getting into the state university system was almost impossible for the native born. It would have been unobtainable to buy a house like my parents owned, etc. As a woman I would concur with about 90% of the author’s opinions on the gender items as well.

    1. re:
      Identity Theft

      Maybe we could create a different Me Too movement!

      (I grew-up in the foothills east of Sacramento, but abandoned the whole shootin’ match several decades ago. We thought we made a good decision by settling in the rich fertile soil of the Willamette Valley in Oregon… but we failed to consider the goofballs in Eugene and Salem and Portland.

      As long as they ignore us, everybody gets along just fine. That time looks to be coming to an end. The goofballs seem to need to poke their noses into affairs they have no business knowing about. I can imagine a few noses getting shortened before they wise-up.)

      My identity was stolen several times by males and females of all sizes and colors. Do you realize your identity can re-finance a condo in Ohio while simultaneously financing a boat in Florida? Do you know a 5-foot 300-pound afro-American female can get bailed out of jail in Arizona using the identity of a 5’10” Caucasian male ?

      On the positive side, the all-knowing bumblebrats deep in the bowels at the Social Security Administration cheerfully inform me my retirement account is growing leaps-and-bounds… since multiple people using my Social Security account number are ‘contributing’ major scratch hourly.

      So there is that.

      One of the identity thieves was a Sacramento County Sheriff deputy sergeant. He traffic stopped nice folks, determined they were fine upstanding, then proceeded to use their identities to purchase Class Three firearms and suppressors. He nolo’d, did eight months in Club Fed, got his rights restored, and went to work for the feds. According to cow-orkers, he exaggerated an alleged injury, and retired to the Philippines on 100% disability tax-free.

      Don’t get me started.

  17. […] If men gave birth to babies the world would be a different place and the notions expressed severely disappoint me as a long term reader. I thought men had come further than such stone age notions. The women I know care for all family members long term and short term, in laws and blood at great personal sacrifice. Higher education allows them to earn a better wage yet some would see them penalised for this. Very disappointed. […]

  18. I enjoyed your description of the Ills of TPROC, or, as I will begin calling it “Tip-Rock”. I don’t per say, agree with all of your points regarding a Wife/Mothers role, I do appreciate your outlook in the Sanctity of the Nuclear Family Unit: A Father, A Mother, Children raised with the positive influence of a stable, positive Feminine essence, and the confident, unwavering Masculine presence. I am looking for forward to the rest of your article. Keep it up X. Liberal and China Doll!!!

  19. We moved out of Kalifornia many years ago. We are not in Idaho but next door in Washington.

    We have found a great Bibical Church and I cannot see leaving this state.
    The small church we attend is a light for many.

    We are also blessed with unreal freedom including not paying a state income tax, right to carry, world class healthcare in OHSU and others of similar class. They save my sister’s life

    Anyway, read Revelation and how things end is clearly spelled out.

  20. Funny, alot of truth to that article. When truth inevitably comes out it seems that there are those who get hurt. Blinded by foolish/selfish pride.

  21. I second a previous commenter ‘s “wow”. First place? Nah. Lots of mixed messages and over generalizations in this article that aren’t based in fact. It’s one thing to express your opinions about society’s ills. It’s quite another to place blame wholly on a particular segment, such as women, in applying your view of “feminism”, and your take on Biblical principals. I cringed reading this, and I’m by no means a snowflake. But on a brighter note, welcome to the Redoubt! Here’s hoping you won’t offend a strong minded, self sufficient, capable, independent, mountain woman that you might need help from one day. LOL. Awkward. I’m not trying to be rude. My intent is to gently chide the author towards a kinder, more merciful approach, remembering that in this fallen world, the evil one will take advantage of every situation.

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