“In the howling wind comes a stinging rain
See it driving nails
Into the souls on the tree of pain
From the firefly, a red orange glow
See the face of fear
Running scared in the valley below”
Bullet the Blue Sky – U2
If I had a gold coin for every time I heard somebody on the Right talking about “prepping”… well, I’d be a rich man. If I had a gold coin for every time I heard somebody on the Right talking about what they were doing to help defeat Obama, well, let’s just say I would have a lot less gold coins. Is there any question why we lost? We were out worked. They prepared to win, we prepared to lose.
It’s not that I’m against prepping for an emergency, stocking up on canned foods, buying gold coins, storing water, I’m all for it. Anybody who lived in Louisiana or Mississippi in 2005 understands just how important it is to be prepared for an emergency. I’m not completely opposed to “prepping”, just do it in private.
Personally, I don’t have to be prepared, all I need are plenty of bullets and I have plenty of ideas where to go in case of a disaster. I know who has stocked up, at least to some extent. If I need gold, my bullets beat your gold, and hopefully we’ll never have to play a game of gold, bullets, and silver. It’s relatively simple to me, stocking up does little good without the bullets to protect them and the more you announce that you have stored goods, the more likely you will need those bullets to defend them.
That’s not the real problem I have with survivalists and preppers. What I don’t like is that it is so anti-American. When I think of Americans, I think of the words by the first President of this great country. “Americans would rather die on their feet than live on their knees” – George Washington. Americans are risk takers. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Americans face great challenges and rise to the occasion.
When I think of survivalist, I think of the movie “The Pianist” that told the true life story of Polish musician Wladyslaw Szpilman. Szpilman survived the Jewish holocaust and what a story it was. I’ve heard people talk about what a great movie that was. I, on the other hand, hated it. I hated that movie so much, I watched it three times just so I would never forget how much I hated it. Yes, it’s a movie of a true survivalist, I won’t argue that.
He watched as Jewish children were shot, he watched Jewish children get beaten to death, and he watched Jewish children starve to death. He did nothing, but he survived.
He watched his friends rise up and fight the Nazis, he watched them all die. He watched them get beaten, he watched them get shot. He did nothing, but he survived.
He watched his family get beat, he watched the get torn apart, he watched them get thrown on trains never to be seen again. He did nothing, but he survived.
In the end, he was hiding in an attic, dirty, wearing rags, and trying to open a can of food. I guess he forgot to buy a can opener when he was doing all that “prepping”.
I know many of you are thinking that it was a sad movie, but, I’m thinking of a five letter word for a cat right about now. I agree, it is sad. Sad to see a grown man unwilling to take a stand for the betterment of society. It was sad to watch a guy do nothing as evil men just chipped away everything he held dear. It was sad to watch scene after scene and be reminded of the infamous quote by Edmund Burke “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
We are not survivalists in this country, we’re fighters. That brings me to my final point about survivalist. They are planning for defeat, while many of us are still fighting for our future. Survivalists have pretty much given up on America and are busy preparing for the day when they will need those bullets, that gold, and that can of food. I do hope they purchased a can opener.
A little bit of preparedness is one thing, but the more time spent on preparing for a disaster, the less time that is spent averting that disaster. What if the survivalists spent more time helping candidates knock doors, or made phone calls? What if the survivalist spent time teaching people about how to make society better instead of encouraging people to give up? What if 4 million survivalists got out and voted for Mitt Romney instead of hunkering down in a bunker waiting for the Mayan Gods? What if they stood and fought with those who work to make the country a better place, instead of preparing to be the last to die? What if?