introductory Disclaimer: Eight years ago I suffered a brain injury. Prior to that I was a professional in high tech, and had handsomely-paid writing and teaching gigs. I have several degrees, and held at least a dozen technical certifications in a wide variety of technologies. Most of what I knew was forgotten, lost, in that moment my brain almost died. My writing and teaching skills flew out the window. It’s taken a long time to regain even social skills as I still struggle to string my thoughts together in a coherent way, and command my body to function. All that to say, I wish, with this short article to engender a discussion around “What Would You Do”, and would ask that you go easy on my lost writing skills. I love this community, so here we go…
What would you do if you woke up on inauguration day 2021 and much to your despair, your candidate for President didn’t win? Would your life be over? Would it change the way you live in regards to work, where you live, your level of self-sufficiency? I have thought long and hard about these questions.
I will say now, that Trump is my President and I believe God has used to him to save us, America, from a widespread Communist/Marxist influence. I do not worship him in any way, shape or form. But, I do see how instrumental he has been in attempting to restore the American way of life. He has committed himself to restoring power to We the People. For that, I am grateful. Things were going in the worst possible direction in our country and someone, Trump, stepped in and yanked the reigns on so many levels. I had hope that America could be restored: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to keep and bear arms, freedom to raise our children how we see fit, freedom from the globalist influences, freedom to work in whatever capacity we so chose, etc.
Now, with the 2020 election in a “contested” status and the “press” scattering all kinds of false stories across the Internet and over the airwaves, it’s hard to know what is really going on. I’m following a number of lawsuits and feel as if our lives are hanging by a thread. To me, it’s freedom or communism. Patriots vs Traitors. With that said…
A Great Migration
What would I do on inauguration day if my candidate did not take his rightful place? Firstly, I will give thanks that I live in a “red state” and that the people of Idaho, for the most part, value Freedom over all else. Not to say, everyone feels as I do, but most do. So, I’m not fearful that where I live needs to change. I do have extended family all over the state of California who are fearful that the tax burden, and tyrannical laws and government intrusion will get worse. If that’s even possible. They had been considering a move to Idaho when the real estate market here went bonkers. Now they are looking elsewhere in the country. The great migration is in full force as the people of California, New York, and other urban areas in blue states, look for a better place to live.
Secondly, I would do everything in my power to *reduce* my taxable income. Why? Because I have a mantra, “starve the beast”. My current strategy continues. Reducing one’s taxable income, in my thinking, reduces one’s contributions to the federal budget. The federal budget is rife with pork fat. We subsidize half the world while our families struggle to make ends meet. Special interest groups, pet projects, Planned Parenthood, Hollywood, and copious numbers of “friends” of the Powers That Be, get millions of dollars from the government. It’s how they operate. They rob us blind. How to reduce your taxable income is a personal discussion between you and your CPA or certified tax professional – something to think about and research.
Thirdly, I would look for ways to become more self-sufficient so as to reduce any dependence on the government. I collect Social Security and have Medicare, which I paid into over my 35-year career, but I don’t expect those things to be there forever. I want more land for growing and raising food. I’m on a quest to find that, even as I write. Part of reducing my dependence is living in a safe and sparsely populated area, which translates into less of a need for government help, er, intervention/invasion of privacy.
Fourthly, I have been and continue to look for ways to improve my health, which is compromised. That includes healthy foods, fresh air, no noise or air pollution, exercising my body on the land and in the home. Using food including herbs and teas as my medicine rather than pharmaceuticals. I used to take a long list of pills. Some were to counteract the effects of other pills. It got to a point where I decided to “embrace the pain” and slowly weaned myself off all the drugs. Now, mind you, I do advocate for pain medication when the pain is severe and immobilizing because at one point, that was me – so don’t think I’m all sunshine and roses. No, I weaned myself off once the pain became tolerable – difficult to do when you become addicted to the pills. I also modified my life to accommodate my limitations and still be productive. No judgment from me.
The Great Tribulation?
In addition to the above, I factor in what may be coming, whether that be the Great Tribulation as described in the Bible, or civil unrest across America, or a Communist takeover. In addressing these possibilities, my priorities/strategies don’t change much.
If indeed, we are headed into the Great Tribulation, my best approach is to be in the Word of God every day. Sear it into my heart and mind. Kick all Satanic influences to the curb, if there remain any. None of that “eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die”. No. We are called to be prepared (the Bible gives us so many examples), to be sober, to be salt, to be light in a dark world, and to stand firm. Then, we pray, Maranatha – Lord Come Quickly!
In regards to civil unrest, I fully expect riots to break out over the entire country if Trump is inaugurated. What we’ve seen up until now were test runs. These groups are funded by the likes of George Soros, the globalists, and the Communist party. They will attempt to make it unbearable for Trump supporters, as they’ve stated numerous times. They will continue to persecute Christians and Conservatives and anyone who does not support their ideology or bow to their tyranny. If Biden is inaugurated, the dogs will be called off, so to speak, since they will have “legal” means of control and intimidation. However, over half the country who voted for Trump. They will be itching for a civil war to rectify the theft of an American election. We are sitting on somewhat of a powder keg.
We, as Americans, have to gird our loins for the coming unpleasantness, no matter which way the wind blows.
Going Gray Man
With the above in mind, I have a fifth priority, and that is to be the “gray man/woman”. For some reason, my position about this has been controversial. Some say you should be loud, visible, demanding, etc. I think that makes one a target under certain circumstances – like the one we may end up with. I don’t fly flags or have yard signs. I don’t have bumper stickers on my vehicles. I don’t broadcast my views. I aim to be the most nondescript, humble, non-interesting person with nothing to say other than pleasantries, and nothing to target. Mind you, I am extremely opinionated! LOL. But, only my intimate circle knows that, and even there I am cautious. Would anyone suspect this petite, older, quiet, woman could blow their brains out? I doubt it.
Basically, if one or more of these troubles come our way, I want to melt into the landscape. But, for the sole purpose, of providing for my extended family should they find their way to me, as is our plan. And… I have this idea that I will/can be a source of comfort and help to those who take more “forceful” positions in the upcoming unpleasantness. I have studied, just a bit, the women who were left behind during war times. They took their places in the factories, tended the children, grew food, managed the farms, worked in offices, tended the sick and injured, manned radio communications, acted as spies, and so much more. I don’t view us women as helpless in any way. We are capable, intelligent, compassionate, and some of us are warriors who will want to be on the front lines.
Speaking of “front lines”, what does it even look like if war broke out on our soil? It feels as if everyone is just waiting for the first shot to be fired. I have some mental images of my own that are really grisly and horrid! Probably because I believe that We the People have the Constitutional right to form militias, outside of formal law enforcement and the military. I also believe that we have the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, stand our ground, protect our property and families, as well as “throw off” the government should it no longer serve We the People. I would like to explore the “what if’s” further, but would really like to hear everyone’s thoughts first. What will you do on inauguration day?