I have been following SurvivalBlog for several years now after reading the first book in the Patriots novel series. From those books, other post apocalyptic novels, and this blog we have generally followed the advice and warnings. The situations causing huge retrogrades in our society have been put into several categories:
- EMP. This is generally referenced as a weaponized attack using a detonation of a nuclear device to electronically fry just about all our systems of communication, Internet, banking, defense, power grids and anything electronic to include anything with computers or microprocessors. Most refer to this event as a return to early 18th century technology.
- Solar flare eruptions. These have effects similar to an EMP but also could cause massive changes to our climate such a massive typhoons, tidal surges, etc.
- Nuclear war/Dirty bombs. Always a possibility since the invention of nuclear weapons. The expectations that a group could essentially commit to using such devices for the destruction of their enemies.
- Economic Destruction. The crashing of world economies resulting in either deflation of mass inflation, huge layoffs and hence no monthly checks, no withdrawals from banks, a return to a barter system for survival.
Of all the apocalyptic novels, most involve EMP, economic crash, solar eruptions, etc. Some or all of those things may occur during the rest of my lifetime. But I am increasing concerned that regardless of where you are in the United States, the clash of cultures will be the starting point of no return. I fear the next few years will be breaking point of our Union.
I pondered how radically different we have become to try and understand how living in the greatest nation has now reached a point of no return. The American people have not known the direct impact of war on this soil for too long. The tragedy of war had not touched our land for generations. Our people have not experienced bombed-out cities, where finding a field of rotten potatoes would be considered a gold mine for survival. This I learned from a German woman who was a child during WWII. The scavenging for food was the first and only thing people did to survive.
The decades have past and those that actually saw the destruction and suffering have passed as well. My father who served WWII, rarely spoke of what he witnessed. When the men came home from war, they were told not to share those nightmares with their families. They were told not to divulge the horror to their wives and families as they would never understand or comprehend what they had witnessed. I don’t know if that was wise or not. Every day all over the rest of the world, there are bombings, slaughter of innocents, and displaced millions. But with the Internet and television, those things no longer seem to register with us. We have become ignorant of the dangers of clashes between religions, rich and poor, oligarchs, repression of freedoms and so much more.
We’re Now Two Nations
It seems we have diverged into two entirely different nations. It also seems that we are reaching a breaking point. Now there is open discussion of when exactly the tipping point will be. Make no doubt about it, the rural areas are arming themselves for the battle. Talk of the Golden Hordes is now openly discussed. Rural areas are trying to return to self sufficiency, by raising livestock, gardening, planting fruit trees, and berry bushes. They are trying to learn those skills before it is too late. I witnessed many families this year trying to till their soil and start their first gardens.
So what exactly are the two cultures that are competing for our destruction? Some say it is the Republicans versus the Democrats. I disagree. There are good examples on both sides of the political spectrum. I believe one side is the culture of self sufficiency, low government interference, morals, values, charity, the belief in a higher power and true freedom. I believe the other culture has been blinded by selfishness, lack of knowledge, and lack of experiencing the evils of war and true poverty on this nation’s soil.
When Did This Start?
When did this nation start down the slippery slope? Some say the 1960s when the idea of free love started. When it was more important for one’s sexual gratification than to follow the teaching of the Bible. However, the 60s also gave us the benefit of the acceptance of the color of everyone. It became the era of throwing away norms.
But when did the sharp decline begin, where values, morals, respect and individual responsibility were discarded. The removal of prayer and civics from the classroom. How did we allow this to progress? Many factors contributed. As a society that progressed in outstanding inventions, it also led to the destruction of the family. No longer were we connected with family members spread across the nation. No longer did we have the family dinnertime interactions. This is because both parents had to have jobs in order to maintain the semblance of a normal life.
In the 1970s, we saw the closing of mental health facilities. I recall witnessing the waves of those disturbed people starting to roam the streets. Watching those that could not adequately take charge of their lives resort to living out of shopping carts as they walked and talked to their demons. This problem has come back ten fold on our society. The abandoned mostly filling jails and the flung back to the streets. The beginning of separation in the nation from all Americans to categories of Americans. Black, Hispanic, Asian caused the division to increase. The beginning of welfare, which has locked generation after generation in the belief that their poverty was created by others and it was the responsibility of others to provide. Riots between different races were experienced.
The 1980s saw class warfare begin. When you were defined by color. Entitlement became the buzz word and you were to be blamed for the deeds of ancestors long dead and gone. The days of friendly greetings were disdained. More abandoned values and teachings. The killing of innocent babies was seen as a good thing. The Lord was watching. Let us not forget, the elimination of the draft in peacetime and in war resulted in the lack of commitment to this land, flag, and nation.
The 1990s until today focused on the individual. No understanding of unity for the community and common good. A million non-profit organizations, some good…some just a ruse. I question why our large churches that pat themselves on the back for going to Africa or Central and South America when our own nation is full of needy here. When did we forget the poor in Appalachia or on the Indian reservations? When did they look away from the immediate needs in their own communities? Granted, I see many small churches returning to help with food, and sustenance.
The New Decade
In 2021 a new decade will begin, but I fear the soul of the nation is already lost. I too am trying to prepare for what I consider the shattering of our union. A nation so divided it can be mapped out for all to see. The millions that live in major urban areas versus the rural population. This was clearly shown by the voting in the last election.
The culture clash is between those that want our nation to return to God and country and those that seek to destroy it through mandates and socialism. Do not forget the other nations that are sitting on the sidelines watching and waiting. Do not forget the dictates of Islam to rid the world of infidels. Like other nations, this religion believes in slowly infiltrating and winning, over many decades. Many Nordic countries are now divided into zones where non-believers are not allowed. Many countries now admit they waited too long to see the end of their nation.
As we approach the 2020 elections, the differences have been further highlighted and many are predicting mass riots if President Trump is re-elected. Are we prepared? Will it lead to massive destruction and will it be the final straw? Who knows. Will the issue of the 2nd Amendment become the final divide?
I do not know when or what will set off the final demise of our nation.
As you can tell by the tone and details that I’ve related in this article, I have been around on this earth for a while. I must say that reading Patriots led to a massive change to my retirement plans. I no longer desire to travel, take cruises, attend concerts etc.
So what do I recommend immediately?
Get Out of Dodge
First…Get out of the cities! I felt led to a rural community with about 20 acres and full time running creek. Although not in the American Redoubt, it is approximately 100 miles from any major cities. We purchased the land, built a 40×40 barn with an apartment in anticipation of my retirement. Upon retirement, we began building our home. This allowed one person to live on site during construction while the other remained in the city until the house was complete.
Second. Use the “Two is one” philosophy. Water sources are a full time well for the house and barn. A second well for irrigation of crops as well as the full time creek and a small pond we had dug for livestock. We stocked up deep on beans, bullets and Band-aids. We still have lists of lists to complete in many areas but now since we are retired, we have to prioritize.
Will we survive the divide? Hard to say as time and age has taken its toll on us. Now, I fear that the turning away from God has doomed our nation. So I encourage everyone to pray for the Union and the return in fervent devotion. Continue to live by the Ten Commandments and hope it will guide others to do the same.