Be Prepared

Fifteen year old Alex Halprin throws a tizzy fit about going to visit his uncle in Illinois. He and his mother quarrel often, and this time his mother gives in. His parents and young sister leave for the weekend to drive the hundred and forty miles to Warren, Illinois near Galena. Alex looks forward to a lazy weekend of video games. He settles into his room when a loud crashing noise and a sudden shock to the house causes it to collapse around him and catches fire.

Alex’s life changed dramatically because a volcano explodes in Yellowstone Park some thousand miles to the west and destroys his town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and everything in between. This scenario plays out in the book titled “Ashfall” by Mike Mullen. I mentioned it in my post “He Scared The Crap Out Of Me.” The whole scenario of what happens when a super volcano like the one lurking below Lake Yellowstone in Yellowstone Park explodes, fascinates me so I downloaded the book to my Kindle and couldn’t stop reading.

 

Yellowstone diagram

 

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If ever there is a case for keeping the Second Amendment alive and well along with our private firearms this is the reason. When the country, literally the entire country, is under emergency management, we will need our guns and ammo to protect ourselves from our neighbors, looters, and the government.  Picture the moment when all power is out, two feet of ash covers the landscape and prevents all forms of transportation from happening, there is no communication of any kind, daylight turns into darkness for weeks, and survivors are looking for food, water, and shelter.  Mike Mullins paints a fairly bleak picture about how society will react. Small towns will fare better, as will enterprising self-sufficient farmers. Big city folks are in trouble. In the story, Alex and his friend Darla finally come upon a FEMA camp and think they are safe, wrong. The camp is nothing more than a guarded fenced area with meager rations, nonexistent sleeping quarters, primitive pit toilets inhabited by thousands of starving people.

Mullins convinced me that I should prepare for the worst and stock emergency provisions for my family. Oh yeah, I have to buy a gun and plenty of ammunition too.

Down Size Big Government

My Flag Flies Everyday

My Flag Flies Everyday

My cousin sent me an interesting article (shown below) in which the author, a republican turned democrat, writes why he will vote for BO. He makes some valid points regarding the drift of the Republican Party away from strict conservatism. He is correct in his claim that GWB forgot the philosophies of his party by increasing the size of the government. His new departments of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Act are two doozies. Both of them were knee jerk reactions on the part of our Congress and Senate to problems. My question is this, why does the population always look to Uncle to solve their problems? Uncle’s solutions are usually a disaster larger than any that FEMA is expected to address.  Bill Clinton’s Community Revitalization Act is another big government legacy that we are stuck with. That one caused the collapse of the banking system from which we will  most likely never recover. This author goes on to argue that the republicans need to get their “clocks cleaned.” He has two reasons; first because they had eight years to do the job and failed, and second,  the Bush policy to elevate the powers of the president. The author believes that “nothing short of defeat will put the GOP back on its limited government track…”

Although I agree with his reasons, I disagree with his logic to vote for a democrat to solve this problem. The cure will be worse than the disease. If BO wins, we will have four years of radical programs implemented by a socialist president and a socialist house.  I agree that a strict conservative republican party would be a shoo in after fours years of BO, but I disagree that any party could undo the evils that will transpire in the time under BO.

I have an issue with John McCain in that he has, at times, sold out his conservative principles during his thirty year career. He is one man in a group of five hundred and thirty five. He was one salmon swimming up river and hitting a dam. It is amazing that he has survived as long as he has. It is a testimony to his ablility to work with difficult people to make his agenda happen.

The author assumes that in four years, the house republicans will be transformed.  All of them will be honest, God fearing, monogomous men. All with the same staunch conservative philosophies. I believe this to be a bad assumption because it will take a miracle to find, and elect so many clean clear thinkers into office in so short a time.  For example, in the blue state of Illinois, Barack Obama became senator because the republican party could not find a single candidate to run against him. They imported a man from Maryland to fill the ballot. BO won because he didn’t have any competition.

I believe that John Mc Cain represents our one true hope to turn the country back to its conservative roots. He will have the ability to veto the really dumb things that the democrats will try to pull off. He will fend off the urge to build the government, and to put the country back into the hands of the people. His remaining years of life will be spent undoing the damage that has been done by the previous democratic regimes, and his party’s own GWB. 

If we allow BO to take over, and further corrupt our conservative lives, the job presented to the next conservative candidate will be monumental. We need a conservative president now more than ever. We need to give John Mc Cain the opportunity to reshape and down size big government. The benefits of doing so will allow us to make our own private destiny. 

Why the Republicans Must Lose

Nothing short of defeat will put the GOP back on its limited government track

Radley Balko | October 22, 2008

http://www.reason.com/news/show/129599.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issues

BO and his sympathizers all cry that John McCain can’t win on the issues. The problem with that argumant is that the liberals are not listening, and are backing the wrong issues. If BO really wants change let’s see him work on these:

1. Pay off the national debt.

2. Stop government spending

3. Reduce the size of the government, cut each department by two thirds for starters.

4. Reduce taxes for everyone

5. Eliminate government intervention in  education, welfare, housing, and emergency management(FEMA)

6. Set real goals for the military to “win.”

7. Repeal the law that caused the sub-prime loan meltdown.

8. Let us spend our money, instead of letting the government do it for us.

If he can do all of the above, we’d all have the money for health care and education.

 He won’t do it because he doesn’t have balls big enough.

He would rather sit on a throne and dole the riches earned by the hard working people of this country to the WORLD. He sounds like a “chip off the old block” to me.

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