Don’t listen to these idiots

By Pat McLene

The American Redoubt
The American Redoubt

Why we prep

Here’s another reason why you – and your friends and family – should prep:

If you lived here, you could skip the bug-out bag.

In the past couple of weeks there’s been a couple of heavy-hitter mainstream articles published about the “American Redoubt,” a multi-state area located in the northwest portion of these United States which is the “in place” to be if you’re into self-sufficiency. The name “American Redoubt” was defined by James Wesley, Rawles, executive editor of and one of the Redoubt’s most celebrated residents. Both the Washington Post and the Economist recently published separate articles on this prepper Shangri-La:

Both articles cover much of the same ground, and aside from some halfhearted swipes at the region for once containing a few whack-job white supremacists (who were pretty much run out of town by the Christian-libertarian locals), the articles are fairly well-balanced … for Eastern liberal-leaning rags.

But the one overriding feeling I got from both articles was a sort of bemused confusion. It felt like neither author could quite understand what all the fuss is about.

So in an effort to be helpful, I’d like to point something out to the writers of both these articles as well as the publications they represent.

To the writers: Currently, there’s a whole mess of folks in positions of power really near your publishing headquarters that no longer see anything wrong in lying, lying about lying, stealing, cheating, materially helping known enemies, leaving people to die, and unfaithfulness both to their constituents as well as their spouses. In the not-so-distant past, these forsworn oath-breakers would have been hounded out of office and into a penitentiary. In a just-slightly-more-distant past, they would have literally been horsewhipped down Pennsylvania Avenue.

However, you seem to have no trouble with this behavior, or at least you actively avoid reporting about it. But when it comes to Godly people, who simply want to be left to their own honest endeavors under the protection of a constitutionally bound government, you DO find them strange, weird, kooky and even dangerous.

So my question for the authors and editors of the Washington Post and the Economist is: Doesn’t that beam in your eye sting just a bit?

Prepping means not paying attention to the opinions of those who mean you harm.

And that’s one of the reasons we prep.

The mailbox


This week, I originally planned to continue last week’s discussion on setting up a bug-out destination and bugging-out strategies. But I woke up a little ornery this morning, so instead I’ve decided to play “whack-a-mole” on two types of commenters I’ve seen here from time to time.

Both types of posters come to the same conclusion on the basis of opposing sets of faulty data, and that conclusion is potentially life-threatening. Since we have a lot of new preppers here looking for advice, I’m taking this opportunity to warn them away from the armchair mama’s-basement “experts” who pitch a “don’t bother” message to new preppers.

One set of idiots I’ll call the “everything is fine gang” (EFG) and the other group I’ll label the “you can’t win” mob (YCW). If you’ve spent much time reading articles by expert preppers elsewhere, you’ve seen these folks before. But let’s take a minute and expose these two groups of yammer-heads for what they are.

Tinfoil hat

The EFG poster spends his time insulting those folks who are sincerely worried about the state of the world. The moment someone suggests there are real-life actions that can be taken to help weather the coming storms of societal break-down or natural disasters, the EFG will immediately jump in and start using terms like “tinfoil hats” or “paranoid delusions.”

I can’t make up my mind if EFGs are simply ignorant or are actually evil. (Maybe both?) “Nothing is wrong,” they say. “It’s all a vast right-wing conspiracy” or “You’re a racist, bigoted homophobe if you even suggest that Uncle Sugar doesn’t have your best interests at heart.”

So nothing is wrong huh? Well take a minute or two and look at the charts below. (Warning to EFGs: these charts, which illustrate America’s decline in the past nine years, require that you understand the concept of sequential numbers and have a fundamental understanding of up and down. No safe spaces are currently available.)

Charting America's decline

EFG’s are entirely capable of blocking the sum of human history from their cognitive processes. They’re the collective authors of that ol’ time-tested falsity, “It can’t happen here.” Eighty years ago, they were busy in the ghettos of Germany, telling the Jews it would all blow over. Four years ago they helped elect Barack Hussein Obama for a second term. Today they continue to ignore the treasonous behavior of the Clinton family.

Folks, pay no attention to these idiots. Things really are falling apart. Prepping is prudent. Prepping is wise. You have car insurance, home insurance and health insurance (okay, that last one may be all screwed up, see BHO above). But the concept is good.

So why not get food insurance, water insurance and self-defense insurance? It’s cheap to purchase, easy to acquire, lasts forever and it could save your life and the lives of those you love.

Is prepping the right thing for to do for Christians? Or should we just be trusting in the Lord? Learn about that balance in “Be Thou Prepared” by Carl Gallups – “Equipping the Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble.”

Now let’s take a quick look at the “you can’t win” (YCW) mob.

The YCW’s come to the exact same conclusion as the EFGs: do nothing. But rather than telling you that nothing is wrong, they say everything is wrong, but there’s nothing you can do about it. We could just as easily call them the Curl Up and Die Consortium.

Don’t try to bug out of a dying city, they say. The police, the army, UN troops, gang members and the Boy Scouts are out there waiting to pounce. Don’t store any food and water or bother setting up a bug-out destination; someone will just come and take it from you. You (you specifically) have a Homeland Security bull’s-eye on your back and a full-time predator drone circling your house.

Unlike the EFGs, the YCWs can count. But counting is all they do. If there’s an army, then everyone in that army is not only out to get you, but can be in place within minutes. The 900,000 sworn federal, state, and local police in the U.S. will be eager to lock down the 20,000 municipal entities in America (which, by the way, averages out to about 45 cops for each city), trapping everyone inside. For this reason, the YCWs will stay put rather than getting out of Dodge themselves because … well, because.

“Oh yeah, Pat? Well what about the UN! Those blue-helmeted, Mad Max baby-killers will …”

You mean the 100,000 UN troops currently in uniform? This comes down to one UN soldier for every 3,000 U.S. citizens. It also assumes they can get here. It also assumes they would be willing to walk into a hot-zone of 300-million-plus guns.

Blues Brothers cops screengrab

The point here is the numbskull YCWs always overestimate the intelligence, ferocity and fighting prowess of their opponents. And if they can’t find enough opponents that can realistically be on the field of battle in a timely fashion, they’ll posit matter transporters to get them there in time to mess up your day.

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Look, I’m no Pollyanna. In the event of a “light’s out” national scenario, a whole lot of bad things will occur. The loss of life will potentially be huuuge (thanks, Donald). But if you’ve planned and practiced just a few prudent steps, the odds one of those casualties will be you decreases significantly.

Everyone should read this article entitled “How to Survive a Disaster.” The expert quoted in the article says there are three types of people in any disaster: Seventy-five percent are the “just sit there and die” types. Fifteen percent are “… calm and rational enough to make decisions that could save their lives.” And the other 10 percent? They’re the anti-survivors who get in the way of the all the others. In my opinion that set includes the “everything is fine gang” (EFG) and the “you can’t win” (YCW) mob.

So, when you read comments by the anti-survivors on my columns, feel free to belittle them. Point out their logical failures. Ask them if they’re paying rent on that basement.

But ultimately, ignore their advice. They’re knowingly or unknowingly trying to get someone killed, and that someone may be you.

Be strong. Be a 15 percenter. Get prepared.

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