Preparedness Notes for Saturday — July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day!  Today, Americans go through the motions of celebrating the remnants of our once preciously cherished liberty.

July 4th is the birthday of both Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) and General Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807–1882)

Today’s feature article was too short for consideration for judging in Round 89 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. Note that we are presently running out of articles to post, so if you’ve been dawdling in finishing up an article, this is a good time to complete it, and send it in. Round 89 of the contest ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry.  Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.


    1. anonymous… made me tear up, especially today. Thanks for this provoking thought to chew on the rest of the day as we ponder where we’ve been, are and are headed.

      History is easy to read but perhaps not so easy to make….

  1. Found this online, written by a very wise friend:

    Friends, this day in 1776 is the day we celebrate the secession of – eventually – 13 already-existing republics from an empire that had grown ever more despotic and injurious to the natural rights of the people of those 13 countries. Ambassadors from 12 of those 13 countries voted to unite in a Declaration of independence, wherein their common complaints were set forth for all to see. The form of that declaration was one familiar to the gathered representatives as it had been established by accepted historical precedent.
    Today, there are 50 states, each of which is populated by a citizenry whose rights are oppressed in a degree of despotism George III could not have conjured up in his most monarchical and maddened fantasy. Yet, the citizens of those erstwhile republics do next to nothing to break the bands of tyranny hanging heavily on their necks.
    That is our choice and, I believe, we will answer to Almighty God and His Son, Jesus Christ, for our unmanly disregard and dissolution of the liberty vouchsafed for us first by our earthly fathers and most certainly and surely by our Heavenly Father’s gift of His Only Begotten Son. Surely for our stupor and sacrifice of blood-bought freedom we will be held accountable.
    I won’t tell you not to celebrate the anniversary of July 4, 1776; it was an inspiring day in the history of our ancestors. I will say, however, that to celebrate that day and to proclaim our freedom is a most grave and falling insult to the men and women whose lives, fortunes, and sacred honor were on that day and for decades thereafter placed willingly on the altar of freedom. We draw night unto freedom with our lips while our hearts and habits are far from it. Our Independence Day celebrations are whited sepulchers, displaying freedom without, while containing nothing but the bleached and rotted bones of ignorance and indifference within.
    May we repent. May we awake and arouse our faculties in the difficult and divine disgorgement of our liberty from the hands of tyrants and their sycophantic servants. May we be our fathers’ children and once again refuse to crouch down and meekly lick the hands that feed us.
    Amen and amen.

  2. May God Bless America. From the old photograph, it seems the people found a patch of snow to keep the beer cold. = Celebrating the 4th of July, and life itself.

    As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
    and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
    and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
    so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
    but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

    The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
    to set the oppressed free,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
    [Jesus reading from Isaiah, as found in the Gospel of Luke]

    The important liberty found in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, = “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
    ……….. Unfortunately in the United States today, many legal-Beagles along with their minions, think ‘separation’ is a synonym for the word establishment in the 1st Amendment.

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