16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket

16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket

16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket

16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket

A couple of weeks a go after expressing an urgency to put our preps into high-gear, several readers asked why that I felt so strongly, about it, and why I felt the end” was getting close. I think that is a good and reasonable question, so I decided to do a write-up, and offer an explanation. As you can see, I don’t think any one problem or event will cause the collapse of the American empire, but a number of separate but interlocking events and issues.

Another point to consider is that the U.S. government has the resources, and inside information that would allow them to foretell when a major disaster or complete collapse is coming and they have been prepping and building underground bunkers on a mass scale and despite the fact our tax dollars are being used to build those bunkers we are not invited.

Free Trade with Communist China

Communist China is not our friend and has overtaken the U.S. economically, and will be in a position to surpass the U.S. militarily within the next ten years. Yet we continue to import, buy and consume their products by the millions everyday. In fact it’s getting more and more difficult to  buy a product in the U.S. that does not have the “made in china” label attached to it. U.S. goods and private services trade with China totaled $439 billion in imports 2012.

Meanwhile china uses those funds to build its military might and expand its military technology.  The U.S has even been selling and giving china advanced technology that could be used against the U.S.  in a military confrontation. A large portion of that technology has passed from the U.S. to Israel and then from Israel on to China.

In 2012 a pentagon contractor was caught selling military technology to China (no doubt bought with funds that U.S. consumers of “made in China” products had sent them) according to the report they had sold China the software and engines needed to make its first-ever modern attack helicopter.

A break down of the traditional family

America has turned from a nation promoting morality and a belief in God to a nation where anything goes, with the most perverse and ungodly acts being accepted, promoted and even glorified.  And if anyone disagrees, or speaks-out against this immorality they are quickly labeled as promoting hate, bigotry or of being a racist. This quickly shuts most opponents up while simultaneously, implanting the message in everyone’s mind, that those acts in-question are to be accepted and are somehow cool.

A  break down of morality

Everywhere we turn today we (and our children) are bombarded with images of sex and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, music, and TV. This constant bombardment has promoted promiscuity, and corrupted the minds of the American people and made us into a nation a degenerates and perverts. And in many cases molesters of children and even animals.

According to this report Americans spend 13.1 billion dollars on pornography every year

Americans spend 13.1 billion dollars on pornography every year, which is the same amount the country spends on foreign aid. More than 260 million Internet pages are pornographic, an increase of 1,800% in just five years. Christian Broadcasting Network said: “We’re living in a sex-saturated society. Even the popular culture is often pulsing to a pornographic beat. Clothing that was seen only in porn magazines decades ago, now drapes some of our most celebrated pop icons

A declining belief in God, the Bible and Christian values

According to a report on The Daily Mail,  “Americans starting to lose faith? Belief in God and miracles declines as Darwinism becomes more popular” from the report;  The number of Americans who believe in God is declining, as a new poll shows a move away from traditional beliefs.  The Harris poll, which questioned more than 2,250 adults about their beliefs, found that those with the strongest faith lived mostly in the South, voted Republican, and were black.  The online poll also showed that more Americans were describing themselves at ‘not very religious’ and that there was an increase in those believing in Darwin’s theory of evolution.

As a nation we are turning away from God and the religious principles that this nation was built on, these founding principles have been what has held us together as a nation and kept us strong, but it seems that we are banning God from the country and our lives.

Declining freedom and turning away from a constitutional government

We have been seeing a decline in freedom for a longtime but after 9-11 the loss personal freedom, privacy and constitutional rights have been on a rapid decline. Now we are constantly, watched, monitored and recorded, we can now legally be detained and held indefinitely without a trial or due process. And U.S. citizens can even be assassinated on U.S. soil by order of the president.

Just like the imaginary, war on drugs, the war on terror has been used as an excuse to trample on individual constitutional rights and to increase the power of the government and the ultra wealthy that control the country from behind the curtains. Scare the population enough and they will willingly turn over their freedom and rights for a promised margin of safety – even Glenn Beck was so afraid after 9-11 that he supported Patriot Act.

As has been said; and is practiced religiously, by those in power “never let a crisis good  go to waste“, this is also the same tactic that the Obama administration tried to use to destroy the second amendment after the Sandy Hook ordeal

A militarization of  the police forces nationwide

It seems that just about everyday I get emails from readers and read news reports of police abuse of power – everything from shooting and killing an unarmed and handcuffed man, to shooting a suspect in the back while running away, or a man executed by police for camping on public land (did you hear the “officer” yell, Booyah after shooting the man 6 times?), all justified of course,  to police shooting and killing chained and caged dogs. Even puppies and a 5 pound Chihuahua aren’t safe from thugs in uniform.

And now to make matters worse police departments around the country seem to be gearing up for war with military hardware, and tactics. Who do they plan on going to war with you ask, well the American people of course, who else. We are already living in a police state under a “soft” form of martial law, and they are getting ready to tighten the screws down even tighter, that’s why those in power are getting all of this in place.

A one party political system

Many Americans think that they have a choice when they enter the voting booth. Well guess what they don’t – republicans and democrats, democrats and republicans what’s the difference? Neither represent the American people or give one big crap about defending individual rights or the Constitution.

In the U.S. we have a one party system masquerading as a two-party system, to give voters the illusion of having a choice and hope for change, but both parties are controlled by the same people who really run the country. The system is rigged and we don’t have a choice…

Corruption of the political system

See above.  As former Governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura has said; when you spend millions of dollars to get elected to a position that pays a hundred thousand a year, we know those figure don’t add up. They are all a bunch of crooks – money, ego and a hunger for power has corrupted the American political system.

“The truth is there are very few members [of the U.S. Congress] who I could even name or could think of who didn’t at some level participate in that [system of bribery and corruption in Washington D.C.].” Jack Abramoff, professional lobbyist and onetime power broker for the elite of Washington, D.C. (during a CBS’s 60 Minutes interview, Sunday November 6, 2011)

School system used to indoctrinate children

Government ran school systems are nothing more than indoctrination centers for our children, a place where they can be groomed and molded to the liking the government via propaganda that was designed by trained psychoanalysts to make future generations of American citizens into subservient slaves in a Big Brother police state.

When I was going to school, I carried pocket knives, (so did other kids and no one got cut or murdered) and I even read gun magazines in the classroom and no one said anything, other than my teachers asking to take a look at the magazines after I was done. I think they were just glad that I was reading something. I remember one boy bringing a sling-shot to school, and we set up a cardboard box and shot at it with the sling-shot, while the teachers watched.

Now school is like a prison where everything is watched and monitored and any form of free expression is suppressed and quickly beaten down. They are training children to be adults who view being constantly watched and monitored by “authorities”  as normal and even to be welcomed and demanded by a subservient population.

They are also training children to be dumbed down adults that can not think for themselves, to have no personal beliefs, thoughts or opinion other than what they are told by the “authorities” via the government controlled main-stream media.  Children are

He alone, who owns the youth, gains the Future!

— Adolf Hitler, speech at the Reichsparteitag, 1935

Please read – Hitler Youth… and Indoctrination by Our Public Schools.

A government controlled main-stream media via newspapers, magazines, radio, movies and TV

The stuff that you see on broadcasts like CNN aren’t news or reporting but the controlled media simply spewing forth talking points that have been provided for them by the white house and other government agencies – this has been admitted to by main stream “news” organizations.

The corporate media is now openly admitting that they are in fact controlled stenographers that do nothing more than echo pre-scripted narratives outlined in talking points created by the rulers of America’s shadow government.

They use the main stream corporate media to push their agenda and views and to pursued the American people to do and believe what they want them to do and believe all while believing that it’s for their own good and was their decision.  This is called mass media brainwashing and those in power are good at it.

People as drones, as automatons, in some kind of mind-control stupor, while thinking they are living in a free society.  I don’t say this with disdain, but more as matter of fact.

Taking control of the internet…

Just about the only semi-free media left is the internet, and that is why they want to control it. Currently the Obama administration is about to introduce a Chinese-style ID program for everyone and a few other tweaks that will afford government agencies and their controllers to tights their grip and control of everything done and said online.

What Obama has done to free speech is kill it dead utilizing a bias-oriented justice system and governmental control. He has effectively put the gears forward to shut down free speech on the internet, and is now planning an even more erroneous putsch that will destroy freedom of expression completely. Plans are coming into place for a Chinese style thought control program called the “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” which will force every internet user to completely give up their privacy, be labelled, and tracked even further than is usual by the NSA.

And now we have Democrats proposing trolling media, and internet for “hate speech” which will be defined as whatever they say it is. Folks it’s all about control, control of everything you do, control of what you thing and control of what you say, and the best way for those in power to do that is to have full control over all media outlets, including the internet.

Political Correctness is out of control

You might be a racist if you have an American flag, don’t like Mexican food, disagree with Obama policy, but the one 100% guaranteed way to know if you’re a racist is to look in the mirror – if you see a white person looking back at you then you’re a racist – because only white people can be racist. At least this seems to be the general assumption made by the main-stream media and race-baiters like Al sharpton, who would probably call me a racist because, I own white-leghorn hens or maybe it would be because I own two black giant hens, who knows how he would go, but one thing is certain he would probably find a way to make it racial and the main stream media would be all over it.

By now, I’m sure, that you’ve heard about the LA clippers owner Donald Sterling and his racist, comments that he made to his girlfriend during what he thought was a private conversation. And while his comments were undoubtedly, racist against blacks, those comments are his personal views and no matter how wrong those comments might be or whom those comments might offend, is he not entitled to his beliefs and to express those beliefs in a “private” conversation?

Apparently not. At least according to the NBA, the players, the media and fans nationwide. Because of his private (but recorded) comments he has been banned from attending any NBA events, he will have to pay a $2.5 million fine and they are trying to force him to sell his property, which is the L.A. Clippers team.

While his comments were offensive, and disgusting and he is obviously an elitist prick, should anyone be able ban him from public events, or force him to pay a fine or sell his property for something he said in a private conversation?

Almost as soon as this story broke the race baiter Al Sharpton was threatening to call for an advertising boycott of the NBA during an interview with TMZ if Sterling was not punished for his speech.

And who could forget the Paula Dean fiasco…  where she while under oath during a court appearance admitted to using the dreaded “N word” in a private conversation with her husband in the past, resulting in her being fired from the food network, being dropped by sponsors and having her merchandise pulled from store shelves across the nation. All because of something she said 20 years in a private conversation with her husband.

The list could go on and on, but I don’t want to waste anymore time on this. The race issue is being constantly poked by operatives of the federal government like Al Sharpton to keep racial tensions high and the government controlled main-stream media uses this stuff as a distraction to keep everyone occupied and infighting so we don’t come together and see what is really happening with their corruption, to our country,  to our economy and to our freedom.

They want to keep us divided alone racial lines so that they can better lie to and control us.

An entitlement mentality

Sadly, the United states is turning, (some would say it has already turned) from being a nation of producers and working folks to a nation of takers that feel that they are somehow entitled to “free money” for doing nothing but setting an their ass, watching TV, playing video games, drinking, doing drugs and breeding like rabbits, after all the more that they breed and produce the larger their check will get in most cases.

According to http://www.heritage.org/

America is increasingly moving away from being a nation of self-reliant individuals, where civil society flourishes, toward being a nation of individuals less inclined to practicing self-reliance and personal responsibility. Government programs not only crowd out civil society, but too frequently trap individuals and families in long-term dependence, leaving them incapable of escaping their condition for generations to come.

And according to Statistic Brain there are 12,800,000 Americans on welfare, 46,700,000 on food stamps or SNAP, 5,600,000 on unemployment, with a total government spending on welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment) of $131.9 billion. Folks these are the true zombies, that will be clawing at your door when the welfare stops coming and they get tired of waiting for the taxpayer to feed them.

Foreign companies taking over big business and buying up property in the U.S.

China and to a lesser extent other nations are buying up business and property in the United States, for example China recently, purchased 90% ownership in AIG’s airplane leasing unit, International Lease Finance Corporation, to a Chinese investor group for approximately $5.28 billion. And according to the same site the Chinese have also bought 80.1 percent of ILFC for approximately $4.23 billion, with an option for an additional 9.9 percent stake. According to its website, ILFC is ‘world’s largest independent aircraft lessor measured by number of owned aircraft.’

And it’s not only airplanes that the Chinese are interested in – CNBC reports that the Chinese are on a buying spree and sweeping up every energy and natural resource in the United States that they can get their hands on. And they’re even buying up and taking control of the U.S. food supply – China’s largest acquisition to date of a U.S. company, Smithfield Foods, is raising among market watchers who question China’s interest in taking possession of one of America’s largest food producers – via CNBC.

And they’re not stopping there the Chinese are also buying large chunks of land across America, according to Michael Snyder, it the Chinese are on a real estate buying spree all over America…

Declaring  anyone who doesn’t agree with government policies as having a psychiatric disorder

Support the U.S. Constitution, or disagree with government policy or the policy makers then you might have a  psychiatric disorder. After all according to B.O. we “wrongheaded” Americans need to just trust the government more and everything will be peaches and cream from then on…

Obama: “Wrongheaded” Americans Must Trust Government More

President Obama today said Americans had developed the “wrongheaded” view that Washington won’t look out for them, a fallacy he said was stoked by conservatives and their philosophy that says people are “on their own.”

Disagree with Al Gore and others on global warming then you probably have a psychiatric disorder, don’t want to join the Borg, then you undoubtedly have a psychiatric disorder because Psychiatrists now say non-conformity is a mental illness. Yep, nothing to see here folks, take your meds, and relax, everything is going to be okay. No more “wrongheaded” Americans allowed, you will be assimilated.

Folks this is being done for a couple of reasons, number one if they can legally declare you a nutcase  then they can legally and easily, take away your rights, or lock you up and two no one wants to be labeled or considered a crazy person, so most folks will shut-up and keep their thoughts about the government and governmental policy to themselves.

U.S. national debt at unprecedented levels

As of May 13 2014 the current national debt stands at 17,518,681,450,890 – yep, that’s a lot of numbers, over seventeen trillion in debt and growing fast. To put it into perspective and to see what a trillion dollars looks like click here. How much longer this spending and adding to the national debt can go on before completely crashing is up for debate, but the world is starting to lose faith in the U.S. dollar and are looking to move away from and out of the U.S. currency.

When the world (or a couple of key countries) lose faith in the U.S. dollar and stop lending to us, because of our massive  growing debt and our out of control currency printing, the U.S. economy will crash. This won’t happen over night, and has in fact been happening for years, but as we are getting closer to “the end” the whole process will be put into overdrive – we can see this starting now with our lenders using  their dollars to buy euros or yen or gold rather than U.S. bonds.

You see the U.S. dollar is backed by nothing but air and everyone with half a brain knows it – but the fact that many people still view it as having some value, allows you to be able to make purchases with it. But as you can see by the chart below since 1913 the dollar has continually, been decreasing in buying power and will continue to do so… This has been caused mostly by uncontrolled currency printing and increasing debt. For a complete breakdown of how the financial system “works” and is crashing please read  DollarCollapse FAQ’s this is the best and easiest  to understand explanation that I’ve found.

Dollarpurchasing-power1913-to-2013

Well there you have it folks – my thoughts and a few explanations of what I think is wrong in America, why we are collapsing as a nation and why I prep.  I could go on forever, and we could get into issues like our failed foreign policy, the three global predator nations all fighting for control and to be the leader of the new world order, the corrupt banking system etc… but we will leave that for another day…

I would love to read your thoughts in the comments below…

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M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.

Comments

  1. Dan Bauler says:

    Well said MD, there is little to add to your thoughts, other than Fear Not none of this a surprise to God.

    • J Stuart says:

      I agree. He covered all the bases on this. The writing is on the wall and the only question is whether we go down with a bang or a whimper.

      • I agree with you guys this is a great article that has narrowed it down. Now all we have to do is undo all the tyranny that our leaders have allowed. So how do we do that?

      • We don’t. We can’t. Too late.

      • laura m. says:

        Mel: You got it; we are headed over the abyss, this country is crapped out. No viable political or voting solution. Op American spring starts Fri in Wash DC…another out of many activities past, that will be a bust- won’t accomplish zilch. Get with like minded people form small groups and stay low key, interact for bartering, etc when things tank.

      • Dominique says:

        Jeremiah 8:4
        “Say to them, ‘This is what the LORD says: “‘When people fall down, do they not get up? When someone turns away, do they not return?

        Proverbs 14:32
        When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.

        2 Corinthians 4:9
        persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

        Job 5:19
        From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.

        Psalm 34:19
        The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.

        Proverbs 24:16
        for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

        Psalm 37:24
        though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

        Micah 7:8
        Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.

        God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

  2. It’s sad to think that this wonderful country that freed the world from tyranny about 70 years ago is in the shape it is in now. Well we had a good run for about 60 years just glad my WWII veteran dad is not here to see that we have shit on his sacrifice for a free world. I find it amazing that the sons and daughter of these veterans have let this happen to our country. I grudgingly give congratulations to TDL and his like that have fought the war to bring us down and their cunning and willingness to nibble away for the long haul to finally achieve victory here in the near future.

    I will not live long after it hit the fan but do have the satisfaction of knowing that I will be able to take out some of the free shit army when the time comes and they are beating my door down.

    • Fenland Prepper says:

      I don’t think it is right to say “this wonderful country that freed the world from tyranny about 70 years ago”
      I am British born and bred, my relatives were in WWII and some didn’t come back. Britain lost hundreds of thousands of troops in the war let alone the number that died in the repeated bombings and the blitz of London and we were fighting right from the start all the way to the very end.
      I am sorry but comments like this do wind me up.

      • Hi Fenland Prepper, There is no question that Britain fought the Axis with everything it had, men, women, and materiel, but it was also probably true that the Axis would have at worst won a negotiated peace without the US entry into the war.

        At a cost of tens of millions of citizens, the Soviets fought them to a standstill, and in America the Soviets get far too little credit for that, but without the US, would Stalin have occupied Berlin? Would China and the Soviet Union have occupied Japan? Or would the map of the world look very different today?

        It may well be that without the forces of the British Empire, the US would not have achieved an unconditional surrender by Germany, but there is little question that without the US, Nazi Germany would have survived the war, and might very well have occupied Britain.

        None of that should be taken to denigrate what Britain achieved, or the costs Britain paid. We suffered a tiny fraction of what Britain and the British suffered. Americans realize that all too little, thanks perhaps both to Hollywood and our “education” system.

        It isn’t that the US alone liberated the world from the Axis powers. It’s that all of the Allies together, without the US, could not have done so at all.

        I’m sorry that we got involved in the First World War: Our staying out would likely have lead to a negotiated peace, millions fewer dead, no German economic collapse and therefore no rise of the Nazis. It is even possible there would have been no Russian Revolution. Or perhaps there would have been, and instead of Germany being taken over by Nazis, it would have been taken over by German communists.

        I am glad we did get into World War Two, though. Without us, the courage and sacrifices of the Allies would not have been enough to defeat Germany, Italy, and Japan. It took numbers: troops, planes, ships, food, and materiel which only the US could produce.

        Courage and sacrifice were not enough. Without us, the Allied countries from Scotland to New Zealand might well today be parts of the Nazi Empire and the Japanese Co-Prosperity Sphere.

      • Fenland Prepper says:

        I agree whole heartedly, no single country won the war.

        The only reason the war ended was because of all the countries involved.

        We lost a third of the men from our family from one generation that went to the lines.

        And if we had to, to defend our country we would do it again.
        And yes I thank the US for being there went it counted.

      • theoldman says:

        And please don’t forget Brit, because of your Gov. you had to ask us to take guns from our homes to send to you ,, because you had let your Gov. take yours away. And damn if you didn’t let that happen again!
        Love you guys but WTFU

      • Another thing about Nazi Germany and Japan , they were allies in war ….However ………they would have ended up fighting each other , Nazi party ideology of a victorious 3rd Reich , would never have been content to share the globe with a race , that was by their beliefs inferior to aryan blood . My guess is that in that contest , Germany still would have won ………………it would be hard fought , but their science was far ahead of Japan .

      • Oldalaskan says:

        A lot of lives were lost in a lot of countries but one thing if it wasn’t for the ability of the factories of the United States of America to manufacture more than the Germans could sink WWII would have been much different. That said those factories that once provided those supplies are now shut down and the machinery shipped overseas under various false flag programs all designed to make the United States weak.

      • Absolutely. Gosh, I wonder if China would send us our stuff if they were at war with us. Probably not. Oh well.

      • I think the Russians have you both beat , if they had not pumped the millions of people into the meat grinder , keeping half the German Army tied up in the East , we would both be speaking German . The Russians lost over 20 million people in that war , on the battlefield , they put up the greatest contribution in that war by far . Also , it was not just the atomic bombs dropped on japan that made them surrender , they were prepared to fight on , however , when the Russians declared war on Japan as agreed , and invaded Manchuria , they knew it was over , Manchuria was what remained of all their sources of raw materials that would allow them to continue the war . That saved an estimated million allied lives by not having to invade Japan itself . Just Sayin .

      • Carol Mar says:

        “And had not Europe’s children of earlier times come back across the Atlantic Ocean with strong and rescuing arms, all the peoples of Europe might have fallen into the long night of Nazi totalitarian despotism. Upon Britain fell the proud but awful responsibility of keeping the Flag of Freedom flying in the old world till the forces of the new world could arrive.”
        Winston Churchill, May 9, 1946

    • Big Tom says:

      George, My Dad is a WWII veteran, he is still alive. The greatest man I have ever known. He is 93 years old works outside on his farm 5 hours a day. He was Okinowa when Col. Tibbets dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. He had pictures of the mushroom cloud on his intelligence desk 4 hours later. He defended and saved this country once before. He remains optimistic about America. He has told me that Obama is a Muslim and a Marxist. That is why his children, the children of the greatest generation will preserve America after the great correction.

      • I believe your pop is correct. Our commander in Chief is a Muslim and always has been, just been hiding it. There is a reason he took the oath of office twice, the 2nd one not being filmed. MY OPINION it was with the Koran.

      • t paine says:

        A Great correction is due and needed, after all the harm Obama has done. He hates all that America was founded on. He is a Muslim born and bred , a Marxist by declaration. He is arrogant and self serving. Our country has suffered greatly.

      • Read the article again. There is a REASON that Obama is President. A lot of money was spent in an effort to insure he became President. It isn’t as though he became President of his own sheer determination and effort. He had a tremendous amount of help along the way. Doesn’t matter who or what he is, it is highly likely someone else has the real control.

      • Laura
        For you and others who have not heard, they were able to acquire Obama’s College/University transcripts. It states he declared himself as a foreign student and took federal grant monies which is a really big NO-NO. Now let us see if anyone else hears about this paperwork being brought out into the light. If he lied about his education…….what else did he lie about?

  3. MD, thank you for taking the time to write this. I noticed that u did not number them from 1 – 16. Does that indicate that u write them in order of thinking of them, & not necessarily in order of importance.
    I don’t recall reading a succinct list of all these factors in one article b/4. It gives me a sense of fear & foreboding to see all these things coming upon us, but definitely motivation to train & prep. The current state of life in the USA cannot last indefinitely.

  4. On the subject of China, China has been promoting its yuan currency as an Asian currency for about a year (to my knowledge); this is reducing the use of the USD (US Dollar) as the trade currency in Asia. Russia may prefer its own currency, but that’s having major problems b/c of US/Nato financial sanctions on Russia.
    B/c of the US Fed’s policies & US govt’s inability to control its spending, more & more nations are looking for alternatives to the USD as a worldwide trade currency. & if current trends continue, the USD will lose its favored status, & this will hurt the US economy.
    I think the US govt spends about 10-13% of its money on interest on the debt. If/when interest rates go up, our govt is going to be in trouble, although they’ll likely put a positive spin on it, to prevent rioting & hysteria. Options for the govt at that pt: Reduce benefits for unemployment, food stamps, disability, Social Sec, medicare, etc. Increase taxes. Implement new taxes (like on ur bank & retirement accts.) Or increase the deficit, but this cannot continue indefinitely. The current state of life in the USA cannot last indefinitely.
    In the history of the world, EVERY empire & super-power has fallen & come to an end. Do NOT think that b/c the USA was founded on Biblical principles or was once a Christian nation, that God is somehow going to prop up the USA.; that’s what the Old Testament nation of Israel thought.

    • “If/when interest rates go up, our govt is going to be in trouble…”

      You hit it right on the head, RedC. As old bonds get retired, an increase in interest rates on the new bonds will drive interest costs through the roof. We already spend twice our tax revenue. Imagine what happens when interest payments double or triple without even increasing the debt itself.

      I suspect we will have a wee bout of inflation to destroy the real value of the debt.

      That is where real assets like commercial real estate (think duplexes, triplexes, apartment buildings), and some fixed rate debt like mortgages come in handy.

      • Buckwheat says:

        Up to the year 2000, the base treasury rate was 6~7%. Now it is 1.75~2.00%. If rates ever normalize and revert to the mean and increase 5% on $20T per year, debt service increases by $1T per year. That does not include the state and local plus all of the other debt estimated to total 120T+ that includes the gvt. pension obligations.

        That is why the Fed has no credible exit plan. The people running it do not intend on ever reverting to the mean. They have worked to corner us for many, many years. There are no exits.

        When I was in investment banking, I used to think “How could such smart people be so stupid?” However, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago when my eyes were opened through a series of seemingly random events I reached the conclusion”How could such smart people become so evil?” They are not stupid. All of this is interconnected.
        It wasn’t until I understood the convergence that MD is speaking about from what appears to be random directions did I freak out. But once I truly understood the Truth and that this has to happen, I calmed down. I hope that everyone here can see the convergence as well.

      • convergence; three winds converge and the tornado is upon you.

    • Sw't tater says:

      REDC,
      The way they have chosen to reduce medical costs will be to deny care. That will be fatal for many. already being done, a lady of “102 is just too old for a pacemaker” Then they will not have so much spending on social security or medicare.

      • Those with chronic conditions will not live long and prosper under Obamacare unless they are lucky enough to have lots and lots of money.

      • Sw't tater says:

        …I would add…Unless they are able to use herbals for their chronic conditions.. The one lady that was denied a pacemaker , was refused plantation of the devise…no matter the money, they would not implant it..My point exactly!

      • LittleAnniePrepper says:

        I just got an email from my uncle stating that for anyone on Medicare that is over 76 years old, they will NOT pay for cancer treatment. My mom is 80 with multiple myeloma. She has agreed to be a guinea pig for the drug company and because she is barely surviving on her social security the big pharm is paying for the medicine. She has to jump through some hoops, but she told the oncologist, I can’t afford this and if the insurance co. won’t pay for it, I won’t take it. I totally respect her stance. Yes, I firmly believe death panels are here and they’re here to stay. Period.

  5. rjarena says:

    All I know is that when 300 girls in Nigeria are kidnapped, and more than that boys are killed, on nations’ leaders flash # tag signs, like that is going to do something. They waste our money on foolishness, ignore our veterans to death, and try to do everything they can to make us totally dependent on them.

  6. SoCalPrepper says:

    MD, you cite “A declining belief in God, the Bible and Christian values” as one of the reasons the US is going to hell in a hand-basket. I completely understand that most readers on here are Christian, and that is important to them, and I totally respect that…but…I just have a hard time believing that I, and people like me, are contributing to the downfall of society. Even if I wasn’t an atheist, I was Jewish before that…and that’s not Christian.

    Like one of my favorite authors, Penn Jillette, says: “I just can’t understand how this view of humanity that all we want to do is horrible things to each other and it’s just this belief in something else that stops us.” We can be good people without being Christian – in fact, I think that the people around me would agree I’m a good person. I do a lot of charity work, I help people when I can, and I try to take others into consideration when I speak or act. I think that, regardless of faith, if we would all just help each other and be considerate, we’d be in pretty good shape as a country.

    I agree with 99.9% of everything MD writes and the comments on here…but this one makes me a little sad.

    • SoCalPrepper says:

      Oops – typo – that should read “I, and people like me, am…”

    • SoCalPrepper,

      I never said that YOU were – I remember a story, that I once heard about a little girl who was listening to a man telling a group of other people that God wasn’t real, and how he was an atheist, and did not believe in anything greater than himself.

      Well after the crowd left the little girl walked right up to the man that had been speaking and said mister, please don’t tell my daddy that God isn’t real, and the man asked the little girl why not? She said well mister since my daddy has been going to church, reading his bible and praying everyday, he stopped drinking, cursing and beating me and my mom. So please mister don’t tell my daddy that God isn’t real…

      And no I’m not saying that I don’t believe that God is real, I do and he is, but that’s my opinion and you are entitled to believe otherwise.

      • SoCalPrepper says:

        Fair enough! If it does some good, I’m all for it.

      • Buckwheat says:

        I think the proper term is Judeo-Christian values. They were intended to be the foundation of the country (as partially referenced in the DofI). These values are our compass to compare ourselves. If we have no compass, we are moral relativists. If we are moral relativists, we can slide the scale of morality. Situationally or gradually over time, the moral compass changes because it has no magnetic needle to display a constant direction – which is the problem that I think MD is referring. Regardless of faith or no faith, I think that we can all agree that the DofI contains fundamentals should not be violated. No doubt about them, they are Biblically based Judeo-Christian values.

        “There are no atheists in foxholes.” I am not trying to sway you now. But, later down the road, if you do find yourself in a foxhole think of it this way – you will have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

        Having said that, the Pope recently said that atheists can earn salvation through good deeds. Please don’t be fooled by him. He is every bit a part of this as the Janet Yellen. He is there to deceive you just like Yellen.

      • SoCalPrepper says:

        No. “Judeo-Christian values” were NOT the foundation of the United States. Our founders did (for the most part) practice Christianity…. but the US Constitution is the founding document for our country. The US Government derives its power from the people…and the word “god” is totally absent from the document.

        Sure, the Declaration of Independence mentions God…but the DoI came before the establishment of our actual government (via the Constitution). All the DoI did was list the grievances of the thirteen states at that time…it was basically just a declaration of the intent to rebel against Great Britain.

        The only mention of “God” in the DoI is in the beginning:

        “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

        Funny, the “Laws of Nature” come even before any mention of “God” – and even then, it is “Nature’s God.”

        I just don’t see the Christianity here…in fact, the Constitution works very hard to prevent the kind of religious-institution-imposed governments that were prevalent in Europe at the time.

        Was the founding of our country influenced by “Western” or Judeo-Christian values? Maybe…where do Judeo-Christian values come from? Before Christianity, before Judaism, what kept people from burning and pillaging? Before Judaism, we have the ethical structures of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Formulated a bit differently, they still boil down to justice and the good of the community (to be very broad).

        I’d say that the US Constitution is based more upon the ideals of the Aristotelian formulation of “ethics” than the Judeo-Christian – justice and the good of the community, rather than the Judeo-Christian ideals of “faith,” “family” and “community”.

        “In God We Trust” wasn’t added to the currency until the Civil War (1864)…75 years after the Constitution. “Under God” didn’t appear in the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954, 12 years after it was adopted.

        The first treaty signed by the new United States in 1796, the Treaty of Tripoli, stays right out: “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”

        So, sure, there is SOME influence of Western values – Jewish, Christian, Catholic – but also an intentional excising of all religious ideals from the founding of this Country by the Framers.

        Your compass doesn’t have to be provided by religion. I think Aristotle does just fine without it, and there is no equivocating there!

      • Ready2K says:

        I am a Christian and I agree with a lot of what you say. Mixing God and government is a bad idea. Jesus never ran for office or tried to implement a certain type of government. He was busy teaching, healing, and loving individuals. Jesus never FORCED his ways on anyone. In contrast, the defining characteristic of government is that it has a legal monopoly on the use of FORCE.

        I think the smaller, less powerful, and less intrusive a government is, the more Christian it is. It is not the government’s job to regulate and punish every “sin” – just “sins” that cause ACTUAL HARM to others.

      • Once we allow any God into government, there is no argument against letting everybody else’s God in.

        There is a reason I don’t want to be a Christian, Jew, Buddhist, agnostic, or Hindu in Iran or Saudi Arabia.

        The fewer parts of life which are allowed to become part of the political sphere, the better. Once something is politicalized, we have to deal with government to make any changes, or even to maintain it as we like.

      • Ready2K says:

        Well put. I agree.

      • axelsteve says:

        Gods government is much supior over man made governments. UNfortunatly we had to suffer greatly under mans government first before we get the lasting government from god.

      • Hunker-Down says:

        From the phrase; “the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,”

        What/Who is ‘Natures God’?

      • Die Proven says:

        As a Christian, I would just like to thank you for your open-minded, very respectful comment and intelligent give-and-take of information relating to this article.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Very interesting commentary, but I would like to add a thought or two if I may. For one thing, most of the Founding Fathers were more heavily influenced by the English philosophers of the day, the major one being John Locke. And yes, all these men were familiar with Aristotle and the other Greek philosophers, including Plato. The re-discovery of the ancient philosophers of both Greece and Rome contributed heavily to that awakening in Europe known as the “Great Enlightenment.”

        The theory of government conveyed by these gentlemen was simple; Man is endowed by his Creator(God) with certain unalienable rights, those being the right to life, liberty and property. These rights pre-date government, and no government has the authority to take those God-given rights away. Therefore, government has to be limited, with enumerated powers written in a contract/compact(The Constitution in our case), between the people and the government. This contract is a restraint on the power of government, not on the people.

        I know many people today, including myself, who hold these self-evident truths. A person has the right to protect themselves, a God-given right. And owning a firearm is the logical progression of that right, because one has to have a means to protect themselves, or the right does not exist. Man also has a God-given right to liberty, and to property, and to live free from the machinations of the government.

        Now, if you want to say these rights come from man, fine. But rights given by man can be taken away by man. That’s why my rights are God-given, and no man has the right to take them away. Or woman.

      • Ready2K says:

        I agree 100%. Good comment.

      • duracles says:

        Well said! You should have your own blog I’d subscribe!! Seriously.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Thank you, duracles. I don’t have a blog, but you can follow me on Twitter @2AmendDefender.

      • Sunshine49 says:

        The article about the Treaty of Tripoli says the “government” wasn’t founded on Christianity, but the country was. Again it was to avoid all out war with Muslims over religion.

    • I wholeheartedly agree. Just because people refuse to go to church that those people are evil. How many minister and clergy are child molesters? Non-Christians still have morals. They are not automatically liars, thieves, and whores or whoremongers. My preacher ex-husband molested my daughter, yet nothing was done to him. How can I respect churches who know his history and still accept him because he says I am a liar?

      I know atheists who are very much concerned and spend their time and money helping people who can get help nowhere else.

      • JP in MT says:

        Practical:

        Going to church does not make you moral any more than going to court makes you a lawyer.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Good point, JP. I often hear people say “I’m not going to this church or that because of all the hypocrites there.” Well, then, you can’t go to the grocery store….or school, or to work, either, because hypocrites abound in these places as well. Hypocrisy is now the dominant trait in America, or at least one of them.

        Now, I constantly hear a chatter about the molesters who are “Christian”, most especially the Catholic Priests. And that’s fine, molesters should be punished, regardless of their position in life. But there is a constant stream of headlines about teachers molesting their students, yet no one singles teachers out. And they shouldn’t, just as Christians shouldn’t be singled out. And there is a huge network of molesters in Hollywood/California who have pretty much been immune from any scrutiny or enforcement of sex laws, and have been allowed to molest boys pretty much unabated. Yet all we hear are crickets chirping.

        Ok, Dan, I’m done here, I’ll be looking for my trolling check in the mail.

    • If you’re an atheist who has good values, you won’t hear me bash you.

  7. Tactical G-Ma says:

    M.D.
    Well said. What was once right is now wrong. What was wrong is now alright. We condemned the Nazi party and accept Shia law. Christian values are not acceptable nor is patriotism.

    I do however believe the End Times are not known by man and we must prepare to leave this world tomorrow or be here until our appointed years.

    Our nation is sort of like an alcoholic, it will have to bottom out before it rises again (if we can hold on that long).

    I pray that our government will wake up but I think it will be too little too late.

    • Ready2K says:

      I am curious how you define patriotism.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Ready2K
      I define Patriotism as love for my country and the principles upon which it was founded. I believe it is supporting the right of citizens to pursue life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness. To worship or not however they so choose with respect to others, as all are created equal if not the same. Freedom from repression and slavery. I believe Patriotism is supporting the constitution and its ammendments. And I believe Patriotism is the willingness to defend against all enemies foreign or DOMESTIC.
      And I believe Patriotism is honoring those who have fought for this nation, are fighting or serving, locally or globally, and those who will serve. And I believe Patriotism is being proud of the accomplishments of our people, singularly and nationally in the sciences, arts, medicine, academia, et.al.
      How do you define patriotism?

      • Lauri no e says:

        TG-Ma,

        Ditto!!! You go girl!!!

      • Sw't tater says:

        AMEN!

      • SoCalPrepper says:

        LOVE THIS! Wholeheartedly seconded.

      • Ready2K says:

        Thanks for clarifying. I don’t really know how I would define patriotism, so I hesitate to call myself a patriot. I can’t really say that I “love this country.” I love God, I love people, and I love freedom. But a country is simply a defined area of land under the rule of a common political entity. Not sure I can really love that.

        I do know that governments really like to promote “patriotism” – it helps them sign people up to fight their wars and enforce their laws. That alone makes me hesitant to call myself a patriot. And then there’s the fact that Hitler was able to find millions of German “patriots” to do his bidding.

  8. Curtiss says:

    Only 16?

  9. Curtiss says:

    I don’t agree with a decline in people that believe in god, the Bible, and Christian values to such a degree. I believe you have less people attending church services in the multi billion dollar buildings we see today. Neighborhood churches as we used to see have become massive congregational buildings interested only in $Bling$. People from miles away attend the church, where they know very few people until they make friends, none of their neighbors attene the church 20, 30, 40 miles from their home. Many as i do think church has gone business just like christmas has become commercialized. We still believe in God, we still believe in the Bible, and we still have Christian values. We just din’t participate in the God business.

    • I believe and read my Bible. I believe Christ is the Savior. I try to live by the” Christian” values as closely as I can. I fail A LOT. But I don’t always attend a building that we call a church. The ‘church’ as Christ referred to it was a body of believers that worked together as one. That’s what we are called to be. And I do have that-a body of fellow believers to fellowship with and work with.
      I think what the article was referring to was not church attendance, but the values/morals that believers in Christ are supposed to share. When a nation looks to God for guidance and wisdom, God covers that nation with protection and blessing. That protection and blessing is shared by all citizens of that nation, believers and unbelievers. We have willing walked away from that hand of blessing and covering of protection.

      • Dan Bauler says:

        @Kelli
        As a seminary trained former pastor, I am in awe of your insight into God’s Kingdom. Well said, well written, may the Spirit continue to give you such illumination and bless you.

      • Thank you for the kind words, Dan. I am an “uneducated” farm girl, but I believe anyone that lives on a farm gets quite an education in MANY different areas. your comment was confirmation to me that i am hearing from the Lord. I needed that, so thank you. I pray continually that our eyes will be opened and our hearts will be prepared. I pray against deception in a time where the Great Deceiver is taking so many captive. God will see His purposes, His will, come to pass.
        I want to apologize if I reported anyone’s comment. I keep hitting the wrong things on this tiny little phonescreen .

      • mindful patriot says:

        Hi Dan, please answer only if you are comfortable doing so . . . I am curious why you are a former pastor. I attend a small Bible college and when I read your comment, I wondered what you do now, and if something caused you to leave the pastorate.

        Thanks, mindful.

      • Dan Bauler says:

        Mindful patriot,
        No problem, I got old and retired. I now am a “house husband/ hobby farmer” and do “work” for the Salvation Army.

      • mindful patriot says:

        Thanks, Dan, and best wishes with your adventures 🙂

  10. Seems the same is happening everywhere. The whole world seems to be too perverted and sick these days. America at least has some places where freedom is still respected. I’m resentful of the ways my own country is taking, and we suffer just about the same you describe, but a little worse, since we face an ever growing crime wave with taxes always booming.

  11. tommy2rs says:

    What this country needs is a really good pandemic to clear out the dross. Or better yet a revolution.

    • TinLizzy says:

      No revolution, my friend. The only one that ever ended well was the American Revolution, and that only because of the leader’s conviction that they were responsible to Someone higher than themselves. Revolution won’t work unless the acquisition of power is balanced by sustained accountability. Revolution is a mother who eats her children in all other cases.

    • Tommy, I had a doctor tell me the exact same thing regarding a pandemic just a little while ago. She was telling me that the biggest problem in the world, especially regarding the climate, was overpopulation and that nature is going to blow thru and take matters into her own hands.

    • Antizombie says:

      Revolution NO, depression YES. I know, it sounds crazy but my father used to say it before he passed. He said that “folks priorities will get straightened out pretty quick if we have another depression.” It’s hard not to see how people will have more important things on their mind like feeding themselves, clothing themselves, and sheltering themselves than watching a football game or yacking about the lastest hip-hop hit. Gone will be the flat-screens, I-phones, and 50,000 dollar jacked up trucks. Mansions with bedrooms bigger than my first house will be gone or worthless. I have always subscribed to a gradual or massive deterioration of the ecomony rather than a “zombie apocolyps” and I believe that the good in people will sprout free and florish. Those that are prepared, like the pack will suffer less. Yes I said less, but not altogether. We’ll all be glad that we’ve clung to our guns and Bibles.

  12. I have two small children. What can I do to ensure a god centered future for them? I am truly scared.

    • PreppingMomma5 says:

      Homeschool them. We brought our son home in March, my 5th grader will finish her year at public, and then will be home. There is a ton of research out there on homeschooling.

      A God centered future begins with a God centered worldview. This needs to be taught from home at an early age. Apologia offers several great curriculums for this, even if you can’t home school. They have 4: Who is God, Who am I, Who is My Neighbor and What On Earth Can I do.

      Not everyone can homeschool based on if both parents are working, etc. But I highly suggest you research it, and give it a lot of thought.

      • Ready2K says:

        Right on Momma!

      • Sw't tater says:

        Exactly, homeschool them, with a group of likeminded, if possible…it makes it easier on parents and the children. especially if one parent is bi-lingual, gives a broader education, as does parents who have the highest levels of math/science.
        The most important characteristic a homeschool parent can have is the belief that this is their God-given trust to educate their children , so they “grow in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and man.” All other problems are surmountable..If you have a lack in math background, then get on u tube and find one of the professors that teaches math as a game and look at it, then turn your child on to it. as long as learning is fun , they can read, and spend much time in reading they will grow. The most important book is the “Book of Books”, from it you can teach literature, spelling, language and science…even tho it is not a science text, everywhere it teaches science , it is totally accurate. Henry Fontain discovered this when he began looking for the “paths of the seas”.

      • fam, faith, n'freedom says:

        Luke, I couldn’t agree more about how wonderful homeschooling is. I didn’t ever think I would homeschool, until my eldest was in 5th grade. We brought him home in October of that year and have educated him at home for 3 years now. I brought my younger 2 home, for this past year, in addition. My heart swells with joy over the things of true importance we have learned together over the past year. We have a daily devotional where we study moral and scriptural topics, discuss them, and memorize scriptures, important passages, and relevant poetry. My “go to” book, besides scripture, is Bennett’s Book of Virtues. I love how much happier and we’ll educated my children are becoming. I love how they are learning actual history. I love how I fall into bed exhausted at night KNOWING I have done some good in the world today, by tenderly educating God’s children in my home. I know not everyone has this option. Please don’t hate on me. I love and respect those who can’t or don’t choose to home school.

    • mindful patriot says:

      Luke, I am not an expert, just one who has some experience (7 children).

      Pray. Seek the Lord’s Will on behalf of your children. Pray for every aspect of their lives . . . nothing is insignificant.

      Be aware. Distraction is a tool the enemy uses rather effectively. Anything CAN be a distraction, but technology presents special challenges: video games, cell phones, computers with internet connectivity, etc.

      I believe that God will guide you when you sincerely seek Him.

      Although much is out of our control, we should take advantage of what is still up to us. We may not be able to control world events such as what is happening in the Ukraine right now, but we can decide to be good and decent human beings to one another. We can choose to be consumers or to be producers. Your example speaks louder than words. And sometimes, your silence speaks volumes.

      God bless

      • Ready2K says:

        I agree with patriot that “we should take advantage of what is still up to us.” And THE most powerful tool we still have is educating our own children and grandchildren. If you have a choice (and most do), please do not rely on the government to “take care” of your kids everyday. In gov’t school, your kids might just learn that is okay to rely on the government to “take care” of us. Imagine that!

      • Dan Bauler says:

        Turn off the TV for starts

      • LittleAnniePrepper says:

        mindful patriot,

        Thank you for your words of wisdom. I absolutely agree that distraction is a tool the evil uses, especially here in the US. My husband and I believe prosperity is one of the worst things that ever happened to this country. When people became prosperous, they forgot God or just didn’t feel the need to rely on God. Why is there revival in 3rd world countries, but not here? Because those people are barely eeking out an existence and they are relying on their maker for every little facet of their existence. Not so much here in the US. Just my 2 cents worth.

    • Lake Lili says:

      “Choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

      Read your scriptures. Every day. Read tem to your children. Every day. Get rid of the TV. Use the internet – YouTube is full of great Christian programing. Home school your kids. Make family the central priority – eat dinner together. Limit unsupervised social media and texting. Choose a Church where the emphasis is on the Word and on Family and which has lots of activities for your children to participate in. Talk to your minister/priest/pastor and ask for their guidance.

      My family is LDS and our focus is on Our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. About half the families in our congregation homeschool, while the others have found was to work within the public school system. But the key is to follow God’s laws and ordinances – they make it so much easier. And every day you need to read the Word. Best wishes and every blessing to your family.

      • Ready2K says:

        I’m not LDS, but AMEN to your comment!

      • 1 Man + God=A Majority says:

        Roger that, Lake Lili!

        We tossed our “demon boxes,” aka: televisions years ago. Pure filth.

        We read Scripture daily. Our pastor has a motto: “No Bible–no breakfast; no Bible, no bed.” We read the Holy Bible at least twice daily.

        If America is to change for the better, we need to build His Church here on earth.

        “They” and other non-believers will know us by the love we show each other.

        Sure, we prep and are ready. BUT–much more important to listen to our savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. In every act or omission we do daily.

        Walk with God,

      • LukeAlaska says:

        Thank you all for your insightful comments! They give me hope!

      • LittleAnniePrepper says:

        Not LDS either, but amen to your comments. No TV/DVD/VCR player in the kid’s bedrooms. No computers in their rooms. They have limited, controlled access to the internet at a laptop in the living room where we watch and know exactly what is going on. No cell phones, although that will have to change once they are driving/working. We watch TV shows/movies together as a family. That way we have control over what we watch and we can stop the movie and discuss what’s right/wrong, etc. My husband or myself has always been home with our kids and they are the most important thing we will do on this earth. God has blessed us by giving us children and we take raising them seriously.

  13. A pretty inclusive description of what is happening in this country. The straw that breaks the camel’s back is soon to be laid upon its back. It is not any one thing that will break this country. It will be the culmination of all the issues facing us now and to a great extent every other country in this world. Keep the faith and prepare on all fronts.

  14. mindful patriot says:

    Well said, Sir.

    The Lord always saves a remnant for Himself. I imagine some on this blog will be included.

  15. Donna in MN says:

    Alot of what you say are my thoughts too. The less Christian we are, the more chaotic and corrupt the country becomes. These values and principles have been replaced with socialism and corruption, even in the churches. No one knows how upset I have been except God and my dogs when I start yelling…

    With more than 16 reasons we are headed for a collapse, I prepare for the worse, but try to keep something positive throughout this ordeal. This is God’s plan and I am on his side.

  16. Death Merchant says:

    Great job summing everything up! Thank you for taking the time to right this M.D.

    I would love to see you write something about our Country’s awful foreign policy. Things are so bad, it might be tough fitting it into one article!

  17. One important correction. “Darwinism” or the theory of evolution is compatible with a belief in God. It had better be, for none of our modern medicine or advances in biology, chemistry, physics and hence all sciences, would be possible without the believe in and usage of the principles of evolution. To think otherwise, to demonize “evolution” is ignorant and harmful.

    • Dan Bauler says:

      Andrew,
      If I take a 1968 Chevy apart totally and store it in a garage, how long of a time will it take to #1 put itself back together #2 evolve in a Caddy? ANSWER: NEVER!
      To think otherwise is both ignorant and harmful, but most importantly insulting to The Creator.

      According to a very reliable source, the super brain, Steven Hawking, is now attending a Christian church on a regular basis.

      • Rebecca says:

        I sincerely hope that is true. Praise God, he can save anyone. He even saved ME, and atheist for 23 years. 🙂

      • And all this time, I had no idea that The Creator was General Motors.

      • SoCalPrepper says:

        Weird example. The last time I checked, a Chevy can’t reproduce or pass down traits. Is it really so far-fetched to think that, over time, some traits are bred out and others are emphasized?

        It’s just the basic moth example in New York – first they were white or tan to blend with bark. Over time (and with pollution and industry) surfaces became darker…lo and behold, the average shade of the moth population was several shades darker! The birds could easily see (and eat) the lighter colored moths, and so the darker colored moths were breeding together…and a few years later = mostly dark moths.

        How can one refute that this isn’t true, when we see it happening all around us?

      • Dan Bauler says:

        Not talking about traits being breed out, just tell me how chemicals, minerals, and water combine to make life, please?

        It’s about as likely as a Chevy rebuilding itself, or becoming a Caddy by itself.

      • Ready2K says:

        SoCalPrepper.

        I certainly would not refute the intraspecies microevolutionary moth example you describe. Nor would any Christian I know. But your example is not what most people mean when they talk about evolution.

        I would refute interspecies macroevolution. (e.g., reptiles evolving into birds). This has never been observed in recorded history or in the fossil record.

        I would also refute the evolutionary idea that “time and chance” produces increased structural and functional complexity in organisms. This has never been observed in real time or in the fossil record. And it’s contrary to the second law of thermodynamics.

        Finally, I would refute the evolutionary idea that life can spontaneously come from nonlife, without a Creator. I think it takes more faith to believe that life spontaneously arose from nonlife than it does to believe in a Creator.

      • Hunker-Down says:

        Ready2K,

        Yes,
        Science progresses through observing cause and effect, and studying evolution contributes to that progress.
        As smart as they (think) they are, collectively they cant get a grasp on the uncaused cause.

    • Rebecca says:

      Please provide one specific example of how the belief in evolution advanced science. A great deal of our advances in society were made by Bible believing Christians.

    • mindful patriot says:

      Andrew, how is the theory of evolution compatible with belief in God?

      • JP in MT says:

        mindful:

        I encourage you to check out a copy of Darwin’s Origin of the Species. Unfortunately I can’t find mine to quote it, but as I remember Darwin, in his comments in the book, says that without a Christian viewpoint his theory holds no validaty.

        Sorry, I couldn’t quote it exactly.

      • Buckwheat says:

        Darwin was indirectly funded by the same people that funded Karl Marx. Its theoretical foundation is financed by families that have been working to undermine God for a very long time.

      • Well, I believe in evolution. I believe God has a hand in evolution and in the creation of mutating genes. It is a fact that chickens are dinosaurs. Scientists have proven (through gene manipulation) that chickens can grow teeth, wings can turn into t-rex like hands and they can also grow tails with the exact same structure of a dinosaur tail. (The Science Channel does have its good points.)

        Darwin, I could take or leave. I don’t think his book makes him someone that non-believers should worship.

        I also believe that I am nothing without my Heavenly Father. I go to church every week and read the Bible, as well as The Book of Mormon. It amazes me that anyone could look up in the sky at night and still believe that everything is a random coincidence.

      • MD, I really liked the article.

      • Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1

        Seems clear cut to me.

      • SoCalPrepper says:

        Reminds me of my favorite joke:

        God: And remember, Moses, regarding the dietary laws, never cook a calf in its mother’s milk. It is cruel, and you are to be holy…
        Moses: so you are saying we should never eat milk and meat together.
        God: No, what I’m saying is, never cook a calf in its mother’s milk.
        Moses: Oh Lord, forgive my ignorance! What you are really saying is we should wait six hours after eating meat to eat milk so the two are not in our stomachs.
        God: No, Moses, listen to me. I am saying, don’t cook a calf in it’s mother’s milk!!
        Moses: Oh, Lord! Please don’t strike me down for my stupidity! What you mean is we should have a separate set of dishes for milk and a separate set for meat and if we make a mistake we have to bury that dish outside…
        God: Moses, do whatever you want.

        Sorry. I love that joke. Anyway – there are a LOT of commandments in the Bible, too – do you follow all 613 of them? My point is…we know there was a point in time that man didn’t exist…we can see things evolving all around us…is this really that hard to understand?

      • Paul in CO says:

        Why do a belief in God and an understanding of science have to be mutually exclusive? Genetics is FACT. How you apply it (science) to YOUR beliefs is a personal choice but it does not change the FACTS.

      • Dan Bauler says:

        Yes Paul in CO, genetics are facts and a whole lot more complicated than a 1968 Chevy to construct. So tell me all of you who have faith in Darwin, how did DNA design itself, put itself together and then change itself to suit which ever living being it produces?

        How did the chemicals and water which make up the human body design and construct the human eye, brain, liver, and reproductive organs?

        Evolution defies logic, plain and simple. Charles Darwin was a preachers kid who rejected Christ long before he cooked up this garbage. Also, according to his own diary which he kept as a child, he liked torturing and killing small animals like birds, cats and puppies.

      • Paul in CO says:

        Dan
        Number 1 I never even mentioned Darwin; I said “genetics are fact”. My point IS that a understanding and educated acceptance of scientific fact IS NOT mutually exclusive of a spiritual belief.
        PS the personal habits of anyone DO NOT directly correlate with their intelligence. If what you say is true about Darwin that makes him a disgusting person but doesn’t make his work false.

      • mindful patriot says:

        Not to get into the evolution discussion, but I believe the personal habits of people DO, in fact, correlate with their intelligence.

        personal opinion

      • Ready2K says:

        Forest Gump would agree . . . “Stupid is as stupid does.”

      • Ready2K says:

        “It is a fact that chickens are dinosaurs.”

        That’s a good one Kate. Made me laugh.

      • Ready2K says:

        You received your advanced information on evolution from CABLE TV? I probably wouldn’t admit that if I wanted to be taken seriously.

      • Kate in GA

        Kate,

        God never needed evolution to accomplish anything. Check out this website. They will send you an inspirational fact based email once a day and you can read it or just listen. Each email is about 60 seconds in audio. I am confident after you hear what they have to say you will ditch evolution in favor of a six day creation!
        ( http://www.creationmoments.com/ )

    • Donna in MN says:

      I am also a theo-evolutionist, and I believe God had a hand in molding us as clay as the Bible states. I don’t condemn those who don’t believe as I do because it is not right, but I have an understanding of life on this planet, how we are related, and how we and other life forms evolved, (including small bacteria and viruses) and God’s plan because of it.

      • i want to remind everyone belatedly, ‘ do not lean unto thine own understanding.’.
        let it rest. it is a distraction from our true calling to argue although calm discussion may not be harmful. none of us lived in dinosaur time so most is speculation.
        no knickers knotted over it. one day we will know the truth and be glad.

      • Donna in MN says:

        I see genetic changes all the time and it is not dinosaur time in 2014. It is not speculation how diseases mutate, for in the end times God will have manipulated many diseases to bring on the plagues. God has a hand in everything, that understanding is wisedom, not speculation, therefore revelant to our survival through bad times and His saving grace.

    • NE prepper says:

      Perhaps evolution is God work !

  18. Ready2K says:

    Although I think the BIG collapse is probably decades away, I do think our U.S. economic system is a house of cards, primarily due to out of control government spending and intervention in all areas of life.

    Education is a big culprit. Our children are taught in most public schools and universities that the U.S. government is an instrument of good with a solid track record of helping people and that it can/should be relied upon to rid the world of injustice and take care of us all.

    My best advice is to EDUCATE yourself and educate your kids. Make every sacrifice necessary to pull your kids out of public school. Amazingly, we still have that freedom! Your kids are YOUR responsibility. Just because the government offers you “free” education/childcare for your kids, doesn’t mean you should take it. Trust me, it is SO much easier to teach your children the traits and information they need to truly be successful in life when you are not constantly fighting against the influences of their (lazy/perverted) piers and the influences of their (pro-government/liberal) teachers and curricula.

    I know there are some people who are not able to homeschool for legitimate reasons. However, the majority of folks I know simply prefer the extra leisure and/or income that becomes possible when the gov’t “takes care” of their kids all day.

    • Ready2k,
      That is the scary part. When people make decisions on how to raise their children based on how easy it will be for them to accomplish…that goes nowhere good.

    • Antizombie says:

      I’m sorry but I take offense to your description of public schools. I have spent the better part of a quarter century trying to help educate children of all races, creeds, and colors. I have never once tried to indoctrinate them with anything. I feel sorry that you feel the need to lump everyone together and paint them with such a broad brush. Reminds me of bigotry and other rediculous behaviors. You want to educate your own kids, go for it. Just stop slamming good people who work everyday to make this country a better place.

      • Ready2K says:

        Antizombie.

        I apologize for implying that all public school teachers are pro-government and liberal. I know that is not true.

        I have a lot of respect for the majority of public school teachers. I know that teachers who really care about students (and most do) have a very tough job that takes a lot of skill, love, and patience to do well. My wife was a teacher in a public school. So was my grandmother.

        However, I’m sure you are aware that the small-scale “tutoring” model of education is a far more effective approach to education than is the public school model of teaching to groups of 20-30 kids. Statistics and experience have shown that for decades. So I do think homeschooling (or other smaller-scale individualized schooling) is much better for most kids than public school. But, I do not believe that all teachers are evil government tolls trying to indoctrinate our kids with bad stuff. I know too may wonderful people who are public school teachers.

        My main frustration is with Christian parents who complain about all the “evils” of government school, but keep sending their kids off to those same schools because its “free.” Many (not all) parents simply refuse to make sacrifices and take personal responsibility for the education of their own children.

      • Antizombie says:

        R2K,
        I don’t disagree with anything you have said. Thanks you for the apology, I accept it in the spirit it was given. Up until the advent of computer software I could amke an argument that the average person might not be qualified to teach allthe subjects that are provided at a public school. Example: I’m a pretty good history buff and could put together lessons on most of that material, but I absolutely stink at math. I could no more teach Algebra than a stone could.

        Now we have programs that pre and post test material and go back to the begining if they can’t pass a certain standard on the test. They give examples and help the student work through the material. We have the internet which it may be said contains ALL of the information on any subject. Those are two powerful tools that make Home schooling a viable option. It now becomes a choice for parents on a moral, or religious basis. They are free to choose.

        However, there are poor children that don’t and won’t have access to the internet or are stuck through no fault of their own in bad homes. These children’s only hope is to have a public education.

        Do too many parents look at PS as babysitters? Yes. I see itt every day. But I try to make a difference in an unbiased, non indoctrinated way so they can grow up to be productive citizens that aren’t on the “dole”. I could also talk more about the social aspects of team building, social interaction, and other lessons besides the three R’s being taught in PS, but some schools are doing that better than others.

        At any rate, I just get kinda burned when folks paint all teachers and schools with a broad brush. Take care Sir and keep working to make your family safe from harm.

      • Ready2K says:

        Antizombie. Thanks for replying. All the best to you and yours.

      • AZ,
        My mother and my grandmother were public school teachers. They worked very hard to help children learn. They did it with love and compassion. They advised me to home school.
        I am thankful for them and for you and for all the wonderful public school teachers. However, you seem to be outnumbered by those who are not wonderful and who blindly do as the government says. I think common core is a good example.
        Many public school teachers are pro-government and liberal. When a conservative parent asks for parenting advice, it is not bigotry to mention that many public school teachers may not share that parents values.
        Thank you for your service in the classroom. I am sorry you felt attacked by this discussion. Take care.

      • Antizombie says:

        Patti,
        I’m not sure how it is where you live but in my state there seems to be a steady flow of anti-education sentiment suprisingly from the more conservative folks. I guess I kind of get a little hurt because I consider that to be my views as well. When you spend 20 years of your life at something and a large vocal group attcks your efforts it’s easy to lose your composure. I know what is taught in my district and although we aren’t perfect; we are doing our best considering what we have to compete against.
        At any rate, everyone is entitled to their opinion and their choice of education. I wish nothing but the best for all children and the members of the “pack”!

      • Antizombie says:

        Sorry for all the typos’. It doesn’t look too good for a PS teacher. Sometimes my fingers don’t work as fast as my thoughts!

      • I appreciate your hard work and your thoughts. Perfect typing is not required in a blog post, in my opinion. We are all just friends….expressing thoughts, opinions, and advice as we feel led.
        God bless you and yours.

  19. Nathan Drake says:

    Massive immigration (legal and illegal) destroying our cultural cohesion, and causing a (purposeful) demographic change in the makeup of our country to make the populace easier to control and more accepting of a one world totalitarian socialist government.

    • Ready2K says:

      I disagree. The U.S. has always been a country of immigrants. And “cultural cohesion” (stick with your own kind and reject those not like you?) does not sound appealing to me. I will stick by my friends and neighbors no matter what there cultural backgr0unds are.

      I know there is a lot of politicking going on around immigration and the Hispanic vote, but I do not think immigrants are destroying this country. Most of the new immigrants I know have a good work ethic and appreciate their freedoms. It’s only after they’ve been “Americanized” that they gain a sense of entitlement.

      • Tom Paine says:

        I’m not an immigrant. We’re not a nation of immigrants. That’s a pro-illegal alien talking point. No, that’s not what cultural cohesion means. It has a lot of aspects, but one of them has to do with not being able to communicate with people around you because they don’t speak English because they are not forced to learn it like previous immigrants were due to the fact that we worship “diversity” now.

        I don’t know what part of the country you live in, but you are obviously uninformed as to the invasion currently occurring of Mexican nationals into the USA. Ever heard of Reconquista, La Raza, or Mecha? How about MS13? Look them up.

        At no time in our history have immigration levels been so high. Look it up. As a result, the new immigrants are not forced to assimilate into our culture as past waves of immigrants have been. The USA is being Balkanized. Do some research and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

      • Tom,
        Most of the immigrants I know are hard working, but that might be because I don’t make friends with people who are not hard working (doesn’t matter what color they are).
        I am happy to welcome legal immigrants, but you are right, they should speak our language, not the other way around.
        I should not be called a racist because I don’t like pressing 1 for English. English should be the default in this country, not an option.

      • Immigrants were never forced to assimilate into our culture. That is why they formed ghettos of their own kind. They had their own businesses used by the people from their own country. Women who stayed home most often never learned English. Men who went to work in factories did learn English as did children in school. Right now, more immigrants assimilate than 100 years ago.

        I am not for opening our borders to all illegal immigrants. But, I do know something about the history of immigrants. Most were demonized as a group and managed to become good citizens of the US. The Irish and Germans were despised. Now, my ancestors are accepted.

        My family emigrated from the Ukraine and over the years know nothing by the USA.

      • I have a slightly different point of view on speaking English.

        My ancestors all came from European countries. My great-great grandmother came here as a senior citizen and didn’t speak much English. All three of her sons co-owned and ran a restaurant in the Bronx. It was in the Italian section of the city. They didn’t ‘mingle’ much with others. Mostly they didn’t associate with others because they were discriminated against just like the Irish and Germans were. My grandmother worked in that restaurant growing up and everyone spoke Italian there. Fast forward 100 years and I can’t speak Italian at all.

        My great-grandfather spoke mostly German in his home raising my grandfather and his siblings. Ditto on my ability to speak German. While I do know some German, (and lived in Germany for a while courtesy of the US Army) no one can understand what I am saying.

        I don’t think the ability to speak English has anything to do with being a good citizen. Languages are very hard for adults to learn (kids have an easier time with it). That is why the children of immigrants speak English and their native language and the grandchildren of immigrants tend to only speak English.

        I welcome all immigrants to this country. They come here wanting a better life for their children and I admire them for it. I really don’t care if they learn English. When their children assimilate into the ‘culture’ here, they will grow up learning English.

        The key is they must be a LEGAL immigrant.

      • “The key is they must be a LEGAL immigrant.”

        I agree, Kate in GA.

        I don’t care if adult immigrants learn English well, or not at all. That is their children’s problem.

        What is important are their values, which leads to my next observation: I have never run into an advocate of legalization of illegal immigrants who could explain why they think that we are so short on scofflaws that we need to allow more of them into the country, and help those already here illegally to become legal, much less become citizens.

        Why do we need more scofflaws?

      • Unfortunately, immigrants who don’t speak English do cause a problem.
        Their ability to find jobs is limited by their lack of English language skills.
        Their ability to go to school and/or interface with the teachers of their children are severely limited.
        Their ability to provide necessities and medical care are restricted by their lack of English language skills which limits their income.
        Trying to accommodate all that costs a fortune. Filling the gap costs a fortune. Many social programs were meant to be short term, but if you can’t speak enough English to get a decent job, then you are much more likely to need these programs long term.
        I personally have an immigrant friend who speaks little English. I met him when he came door to door selling tamales he and his family made after he lost his job. His life is made so much harder by his lack of English language skills. I only speak to him in English. He works hard and I hope life gets easier for him. I think better English would make it easier for him to have the life he dreams of….just saying.

      • JP in MT says:

        Ready2K:

        I agree this country has been a country of immigrants. The problem started when we stopped trying individually and actively discouraging collectively “becoming an American”. Assimilating into a culture. For my small part I actively fought all of the cultural celebration we had in the Army. The reason was because then encouraged divisiveness. The highlighted our differences, and worked toward creating an atmosphere that forced people apart, based upon race, creed, religion, etc, rather than recognizing those differences and pointing out how they helped to create what is uniquely “America”. It became “better” to be identified as a subset or a distant relation to something that is not or only partially American. And example would be the hyphenated *****-American. This divides us vs. bringing us closer together. It makes our differences more important than our ability to work together.

        I feel this is a major part of the cultural disintegration of this country. We are not “the old country” nor are we a fully assimilated ‘American”. We are the worst of both.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        JP
        I so agree with you. Our diversity and commitment toward a great society should make this a wonderful and prosperous place to live. But instead of cultivating the best in our ancestries and heritages we have developed hate and divisiveness.

      • Ready2K says:

        Great points JP.

      • JP,
        Who does not like another celebration? We accept the Maypole, Easter baskets and bunnies, Irish celebrations, Santa, and more I probably don’t even know about. These don’t make us poorer as a country or as citizens. Most people from other countries lose their ties with celebrations, so it is just a matter of time before we have a year filled with silly celebrations with little loyalty to the country from which they came.

        Pagans had the yule log, fire inside at the darkest, gloomiest time of the year. So, we decorate with a tree and lights and a little libation to take away the cold and dark. Christians embrace all these without worrying about why they have a Christmas celebration at all. In 19th century England Christmas became such a drunken brawl that any observation of a Christmas celebration was illegal?

        I cannot get bent out of shape over harmless celebrations. Did you fight Christmas and Thanksgiving and Easter?

      • JP in MT says:

        Practical:

        I’m not sure where you got the idea that I’m against celebrations, wherever they are. As American’s I can only think of 2 that are truly ours: Thanksgiving and Independence Day. I don’t necessarily celebrate all of the holidays available world wide, but I don’t object to those that do.

        My point was that were are not using our best efforts to bring people together, as we used to, more to point out the differences to divide.

      • Ready2K

        Immigrant Good, Multiculturalism BAD.

        There will always be pockets of immigrants and that is not a bad thing. (China town, Little Havana, Etc.) I have several friends of different ethnic origins and I enjoy their company. When Ellis island was in operation there was a totally different attitude about coming to America. Most of the immigrants wanted to become Americans and they not only had to work at it to become a citizen (learn English, pass a citizenship test, swear an oath to the United States) they were proud to become a part of this country. The problem now is the lack of wanting to assimilate into their new chosen country. You can just cross the border illegally and hang around until some idiot politician gives you amnesty. When you sneak into a country illegally you lose respect for that countries laws, especially when a major political party encourages them to do it! (READ DEMOCRAT HERE) Most don’t want to learn English and they identify more with their country of origin than the USA. You see them proudly driving around in their American cars with a flag from another country on their back windshield. They want to change America into some form of the crappy country they left. Stupid politicians encourage this behavior. I’m not saying retaining ties to their culture is a problem, but multiculturalism (different) kills national identities and ultimately tears countries apart. This is not to say that you cannot have an immigration policy but it has to come with a strict path to citizenship including undeniable allegiance to their new country. All national ties to the old nation need to be renounced or they are not interested in becoming citizens of the USA.

      • Ready2K says:

        Harry. I agree wholeheartedly.

    • mindful patriot says:

      The only population that this is/was true for was the Native peoples of the Americas, years ago.

      • Tom Paine says:

        Wrong. It’s happening to us right now. Have you been to Mexifornia, er, I mean California lately? How about Nevada? 10% of the population of Nevada are illegal aliens from Mexico. Go to LA sometime. You’ll feel like you’re not longer in the USA.

      • Sw't tater says:

        Go to the airport in Miami, If you have any hearing impairment you will do well to catch 4 words out of ten.

      • Rob Crawford says:

        Walking from then plane to the immigration desk at Heathrow, the thing that struck me was ALL THE SIGNS WERE IN ENGLISH. Wish it was like that here in the US.

  20. Well written and well said.
    If you look at the down fall of other civilizations you will see that the reasons
    are the same as you mentioned in your article. Every single time without exception. That when a society reach’s a certain point in decay it destroys it’s self. Or you might reason that a greater, wiser hand than ours says “ENOUGH”. I like the later version myself. It restores the belief there
    is a higher intelligence watching over us and like any good parent disciplines
    its way ward child. This time the “TIME OUT” is going to be a doozy. Can’t say we don’t deserve it.

  21. Swabbie Robbie says:

    Well stated.
    I understand about where we are going. It is the part about a hand basket I don’t understand.

    • a handbasket is a type of elevator. a large basket with a rope on a pulley. you raise and lower yourself or a group member helps.
      the significance is that we are sending ourselves to hell.
      it is by our own hand that we are destroyed.

  22. Soggy Prepper says:

    Excellent M.D.
    That about sums up the tip of the iceberg.

  23. Art Jeffery says:

    M.D. Well said!

    P.S. I just rolled by a person collecting signatures to impeach Obama at a local post office, all I can say to that is “It’s about time”

    • Art,
      Many share your feelings. Hate to say…ain’t gonna happen.
      Recall Clinton impeachment? Lots of time and $$ spent…never happened.
      Impeachment just adds fuel to the fire.
      We Americans can take back our country:
      Read the #1 guide book- The Bible
      Read the Constitution and know your rights
      Urge your local politician to vote for the:
      http://www.conventionofstates.com
      Vote on all elections – it’s your voice for your country
      prepare and PRAY !

  24. Millie in KY says:

    It all makes me just sick. It’s just crept in through the years. A little here. A mouse nibbling at a belief or a value there.
    And the mighty oak comes tumbling down…
    So very, very sad….

  25. Just Plain Brad says:

    Just to touch on the schools…. I was in the 7th grade in 1982 and had to do a speech in class. I did it on gun safety and brought my .22 to school with me. It stayed in the headmasters office( yes a parochial school) and went back there after my speech, no biggie! Try it now!

    • Nessmuk says:

      Good story Brad.., Same kind of experiences for me in the 80’s. One friend about 20 years older as a boy brought in his Dad’s WW2 Japanese bring-back (arisaka 7.7) for show & tell. I had Hunter Safety and marksmanship (BB gun) in public school !( 8th grade) , 4H shooting team (22) in the police station basement and once brought in Dad’s large sheath knife to school to make him a new leather sheath in my shop class.. No serious violence at all . In high school my locker was full of gun magazines (the kind you read) — I’d be in jail if I did that today.

  26. Bit Tom says:

    America will be resurrected by the children of the greatest generation! ” Many will be purged, purified, and refined, but the wicked will still act wickedly, and the none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.”

  27. MD – couldn’t have said it better. Some of the categories could actually be summed up into one general category, but all in all, very well stated.
    Now this sort of dialogue causes me to raise a few questions. First and foremost, IF this government declared martial law and started ordering US troops to police US citizens, would our troops actually turn against the people of America? Some say yes, others say no. I say look back to Kent State College in Ohio when student protests were raging. Several unarmed students, kids! Were shot and killed by National Guard troops. Sure the mentality today is far different then it was back then, but if it happened once who can sure with certainty that it wouldn’t happen again.
    Morality has disintegrated. I agree it has. In fact the day they banned prayers from schools is the “OFFICIAL” shot that started the race, so to say. Common sense will tell you that when GOD and family become the exception as opposed to the norm, well what we have is soon to arrive. So many young people have been raised not knowing who their family is, who their father was, is mommy in bed with uncle jack or just another uncle john… When kids see this as routinely as they are, they grow and develop with a morality that mimics what the’ve been exposed to. And that’s no morality at all. So they can easily and without thinking twice rape, rob, steal, lie, swindle and behave in a manner that mirrors what they have been exposed to.

    I can go on and touch upon every theme mentioned but that would get boring quite quickly. So instead I’ll say that I’m trying NOT to allow myself and family fall subject to the mindsets mentioned in the post and we as a family are desperately struggling to get out from under debt. If I can free myself financially it will be far easier to free myself from the stranglehold this SYSTEM has on us.

    • Ready2K says:

      I agree with much of what you said, except for the school prayer part.

      The Government should not be promoting one religion over others, so it must remain neutral (i.e., not establish one religion over others). Would you really want a Muslim or Buddhist government school teacher leading your Christian child in school prayer? Government-sponsored religion is not a good thing.

      If you want a kid to have a Christian education, don’t send them to a government school.

      • Although I agree that GOVERNMENT should not promote one religion over another, I have to say that a belief, a spiritual moment perhaps, that children are allowed to participate in or not, is a good thing. My reasoning being that belief in the spiritual side of man, typically does more than no belief whatsoever, to result in citizens that are better able to feel and experience compassion. It typically instills morality and morality need not be christian, jewish, buddhist, muslim or whatever other religion there may be.
        Simply believing in the brotherhood of man and our spiritual interconnectivity is a better bet for citizens that feel for each other resulting in a better, more sensitive society. And chances are that regardless of what religion they may be, as long as spirituality is at least displayed, the world would be a better place.

      • Dog Log says:

        hoagie, one problem I see with the spiritual morality of each different religion is that at least one of those religions “morality” is a complete opposite of mine. I have not, will not, teach my child to hate, lie, and murder, as one of the other “brotherhoods” does teach to hate, lie, and murder.
        We are now witnessing when “good is called evil, and evil is called good”.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Ready2K
        I have no problem sending my child to a church school so long as the portion of taxes that would have been spent on public education goes to the school where my child attends. I shouldn’t have to support the lack of standards being taught today.

      • Ready2K says:

        I don’t like that I have to pay taxes for government schools, even though we homeschool our 4 kids. However the decision on how to educate my kids is not going to be determined by tax laws. My taxes pay for a lot of things I disagree with. That doesn’t mean I have to participate in those things.

      • Ready2k,
        I gotta call you on this…

        Allowing optional prayer in school does not promote one religion over another. One more time….Allowing optional prayer in school does not promote one religion over another.

        Forcing someone to pray a specific prayer would promote one religion over another. Allowing only one faith to pray does promote one religion over another.

        If a Buddist teacher wanted to lead an optional Buddist prayer, I have no problem with that and my Christian child would sit quietly without joining in, because he had good manners, respects others and would never inflict his belief system on another person. But you see, when you take away our right to lead an optional prayer with young people who share our faith, you inflict your belief system on us. (That is the royal “you”, not sure of your personal faith).

        I went to school when prayer was allowed and not everyone joined in.

        The people that did not join in, just stayed quiet or read a book and didn’t ruin it for those who did want to pray. The people that did pray, including myself, were better for it.

        You say don’t send you kid to a government school if you want a Christian education. Well, my kid spent only two years in public school, but I got to tell you that I resent paying for something that has such poor standards that I don’t dare use it and I fear for the child whose parents have no other options.

        Instead of sending my kid to school, I had to work 50 hours a week and spend most of my “free time” instructing my own child in the required classes the government dictated so that he could excel at the governments academic testing. This was in addition to the normal parent routine of carting kids to Scouts, Church, and sports. It was a tough schedule and a tax credit for the non use of the public school system could have allowed me more time for my family.

        Christians pay a lot of taxes in this country. They are also very charitable and giving of their time and money. We should not have our rights taken away to protect others.

        Just saying. god bless you all.

      • Ready2K says:

        I admire your resolve to take responsibility for your child’s education. Way to go. I’m a Christian. We homeschool our 4 kids and it has been a great experience.

        I see your point about OPTIONAL school prayer. But, personally, I would not want my 7 year old being taught by a teacher who prayed Muslim prayers every day all year – even if it was “optional.” I’m sure Muslim parents would feel the same way about a Christian teacher.

        Kids can always pray silently in school. They can’t take that away. But teacher-lead prayer in a government school is too problematic.

      • Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Take care.

      • When I was in public grade school (late 50’s to mid 60-‘s), it was common for the local churches to give flyers for vacation Bible School to the teachers who made them available. And it was common for a teacher to have a student explain his religion to the class. No, the student wasn’t forced or embarrassed in any way. Just part of learning, and I suspect it helped keep those of one religion from hating another. And, yes, I attended Methodist and Baptist Bible schools in addition to my own Lutheran.

      • Hey Mari,
        Good to hear from you. Hope you are doing well.

        I have similar memories of childhood (born in 64) VBS. The bus would even come pick you up if you needed a ride. I went to the Methodist Church and the Baptist Church for VBS, and went to the Lutheran Church for kindergarten.
        I was raised a Baptist and yet enjoyed fellowship with other denominations. Too bad that doesn’t happen anymore.

    • hoagie, we are trying to get debt-free. i figure three years, barring disasters.
      freedom from debt doubles your money without getting a raise.
      i agree with your post.

    • If prayer is allowed in public schools, any Muslim can demand equal time. Is that what you want your taxes to support? Is that what you want your children to learn?

      • PP,
        I hear your point, but much of what is happening in public school already doesn’t meet my standards.

        As far as other religions, I started my child in church before he could walk or talk and he grew up there. He is grown now and has never been interested into any non-Christian religion, so maybe I am naive, but I believe if you helping your child form a relationship with God will protect him from an awful lot.

    • Donna in MN says:

      The Constitution’s First Amendment does say is that government shall make no Law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

      So prayer is allowed in public school by the individual student as determined by a Supreme Court decision recently. The government can’t make law against it or a law to force it.

    • Rob Crawford says:

      Re: Kent State — those pwecious students had been rioting for days, led by Soviet fellow-travellers, and shot at the National Guardsmen.

      The National Guard were, after all, the same age and more dedicated to this country than the useful idiot flower children.

  28. SCMissy says:

    This is the first time writing in. I loved this article. I have four children and we are learning new skills all the time because of all you wrote. We are building a farm as fast as we can and what money allows . I have learned a bunch from all of y’all.I pray I am prepared enough for when it finally hits the fan.

    • mindful patriot says:

      SCMissy, welcome and thanks for your input. Good job on learning new skills!

    • SCMissy
      Welcome to the wolf pack. Whether you are reading for the first time or posting for the first time, they will welcome you with open arms (blog comments).
      It is nice to hear your are teaching your children at home. You do not need your children indoctrinated with COMMON CORE. If you can continue to home school them please do.

      • SCMissy says:

        Becky, I do have one in public school but she is graduating in June . I wish I would have taught her at home but didn’t think I was smart enough. As for the rest the school system would not work for them because they are kids that are full of life and can’t be still. I have been reading this site for about a year now and doing my best to absorb it all. I wish I had a printer to just copy it all…

      • SCMissy,
        Full of life…giggle…so was my ADDer. That is the reason I first considered home schooling. I believe if you love your child and you love God, he will equip you to teach your child what they need. You go girl.
        And don’t feel bad about the older child. You did your best, right? That is all any of us can do. School might have been the best place for her. Take care.

      • don’t ever think you are not smart enough or educated enough to teach your children. i used rod and staff curriculum -reasonably priced and absolutely clean morally- but not religiously. teach them to read and give them good books , a dictionary, and an atlas.
        library book sales are good and cheap. they are now getting rid of many excellent books to have room for electronics and modern writings.
        all that ‘curricula’ makes you think you don’t know enough and costs an arm and a leg. i wasted much money for no good gain before we went the ‘natural’ way.
        go to ‘khanacademy’, ‘coursera’, and ‘udacity’ on the internet for curricula.
        instead of buying an expensive book with ‘readings’ from various authors buy the whole unabridged books at a sale or a thrift shop.
        you don’t have to ring a blinking bell at 8 a.m. and sit them at desks. just relax. people are born learning and you won’t actually be able to stop them from learning.
        if one child can’t get arithmetic leave it alone. come back to it next year. you aren’t trying to keep 30 kids at the same level. it’s only your kids. let them enjoy it.
        ours made straight a’s in college because she was self-starting since she always had been. no task masters at home
        if your kid wants to nail wood he will learn to ‘measure twice, cut once’ on his own because he needs to. if he wants to bake he will learn how to measure ingredients.
        so simple, and we had a lot of pleasure in our child’s company.
        i don’t understand people who say they can’t wait for their kids to leave! what’s wrong with them?
        enjoy your kids’ every moment with you.
        have fun!!

      • Ready2K says:

        Wasp. Great comments and encouragement. Thanks.

      • PreppingMomma5 says:

        Love this! And exactly the attitude to have for homeschooling. Simple is best and go with your kids. I have two three year olds, one who could be reading now, and one is is further behind then his two year old brother. Those three will progress very differently through school, but that’s okay because the kids set the tone, not a school pushing all the kids through at the same time and pace. (And I totally second Kahn Academy and Rod and Staff)

  29. MD-
    Well said.
    I would add corporate greed, lack of personal responsibility and the rewarding a bad behavior.
    Thank you for taking the time to author the article.

  30. mom of three says:

    Amen, A+. MD, you sound just like my husband, you two could chew cud all day. We are the only ones in our neighborhood, that puts up a flag. My neighbor, thanked me last year for having not only a big American Flag, flying I have smaller one’s out too he was in the ARMY, for 5 years. It just pains me to watch our nation fold like a bad bet. It also pains me that my family is part of the problem, and not a solution. My sister and I are the only two who think the same family dinners, suck with my bunch. I believe this is one reason she won’t leave Alaska.

  31. M.D., This is one of your most poignant articles to date. You hit the nail on the head 16 times. I must caution you though, when you speak about police becoming enemies and arming themselves with military grade equipment, it turns those who would otherwise agree with everything you say,into raving lunatics,convinced you have no right to your opinion,or a right to argue in support of it. I found this out the hard way right here.
    I’m also one of those that have stopped going to church. I believe in GOD more than ever and continue to seek strength through my Lord and saviour, Jesus.
    The church I was a member of ,started making building improvements more important than improving lives of people in our very midst. I couldnt imagine prettier windows having more value than helping people who couldnt get into their own houses without help,so I stopped going to church and started building handicap ramps on my own time and my own dime. My tithe now goes to lumber.
    I believe the sharp turn this country has made from having faith in a creator, is one of the leading factors that have made the takeover by the progressives,so easy. The nice thing about being a believe is, we know this isnt the end.

    • Hey bc,
      You dont know me, but i respect you around here. This is awesome, truly what it’s all about.

    • Ready2K says:

      bctruck. I’m with you on church. My faith has never been stronger than it is right now, which is probably why my family recently stopped attending church on Sundays. We are still gathering with other Christians and seekers . . just in more informal settings. No fancy building. Just the body of Christ praying, learning, and serving together.

      And my tithe/offering is going to (1) help a family of 9 whose house just burned down (no insurance), (2) help a single mother who works full time, but can’t quite make enough to get by and does not want to get on government assistance, (3) help support a local Christian home for pregnant unwed mothers with nowhere to turn, and (4) help support a local youth ministry that is the real deal (not just fun and games).

    • Donna in MN says:

      Hey BC, I was kicked off the church rolls and ex-membered because it was more important to the elders of the church that I don’t wear blue pants than to teach about Jesus and God. This turns off potential believers into discrediting God and abandoning a Christian faith.

      I don’t go to church because it is established in most churches teach false doctrine, but Bible study on my own with God’s guidence gets me through.

      • donna,
        ‘forsake not the gathering together of yourselves.’ keep looking and one day you’ll find a church home.

    • Hey BC, good to see u again. I think the law enforcement issue is old news, at least in my mind. Let’s just let bygones be bygones.

      I still attend church, but we have sometimes given our tithe to struggling or unemployed or disabled families.

      • I dont know why you would say its old news when it was brought up in this very article that im commenting on. How bout you let me make my comments and you leave me alone? Ive not commented to you or about you or on any of your comments and I would appreciated it if you would do the same.

      • I didn’t realize that we weren’t on speaking terms. But if that’s what u wish, fine. Hope your day gets better.

      • police are a very sore point. i’ve also had harrassment, even though this town is overrun with criminals, some blue-trousered so-and-so can stop a harrass an old lady taking her groceries home.
        no tickets issued. why? no cause.
        i also let them have a piece of my mind. probably why there’s so little of it left.

  32. Well in 1861 , we tried . They didnt like free thinking people then either . How’s it working for us now ?

    • too bad the Constitution was abrogated in 1861 because a peaceful separati0n would perhaps have led to a pleasant reunion after the dust had settled.
      it was not about slavery, thus the expression ‘sold down the river’ referring to yankees selling off their slaves when then pressure got too heavy. don’t ever think all those enslaved people were freed by their kindly yankee owners
      as a southerner i sometimes dream that a silent continental drift separates the country one night and we wake up floating away from d.c.!.

    • Rob Crawford says:

      Sorry, I cannot see how you can claim to be for liberty and on the side of the slavers. If you long for a place where people can be property, well, the Progressives and the Muslims are your team.

  33. Really great article, MD. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Nancy V. says:

    MD,
    It is always nice to read an article that is both concise and spoken from the heart. Well done.

    Many of your observations are the very reasons I began striving for a more self-sufficient lifestyle. I am not there yet, but I will get there.

    I view these observations as emergency construction road signs, each one signaling what lies ahead on the road. They forewarn of danger, and thus is a signal for us to prepare as best we can.

    Keep writing, MD, your views and observations DO make a difference.

    • Nancy V.

      Thank you. I’m glad someone is listening…

      • hi. what are the three predator countries? russia, china, and the usa?
        china has been foreign-aiding parts of africa for years, giving them concrete help not just lining the politicians’ pockets.
        my husband told me years ago that u.s. foreign aid to one central american country for one year would have made every man, woman, and child a millionaire. of course the citizens of that country never saw any good come of that money.

        want to ask– saw a web link said u.s. gov’t. putting out feelers to other countries to take in americans if yellowstone caldera blows, including south africa. is that real? it looks fake to me. thanks.

  35. MD – After reading through your list and the subsequent comments, you are absolutely 100% correct in your assertions, and if anything, probably sugar coating or downplaying what’s really going on. I am astounded to see such diverse opinions on this so here’s mine. I believe, like many here, that we are living in the End Times, according to Christian scripture and prophecy foretold thousands of years ago. No-one knows for sure what America’s role will be in all of this, but I believe America will not play a role in World events during this time. The rise of the Anti-Christ, one world government, New World Order, it’s all going to happen. Again from scripture, there’s far too much happening today to label it a coincidence. America needs to be removed from the equation and that’s exactly what’s happening at this moment. It’s a military, economic, and spiritual power that cannot co-exist with the forces of darkness. So, why do we prep? To prayerfully see us through these tumultuous times until Jesus Christ returns. This is exactly what God has instructed us to do – hence Proverbs 27:12.

  36. Excellent detailed summary of what so many of us know in our gut knows is happening. You spelled it out and referenced many articles to support your points.

    I also believe that the moral compass of our nation is faltering which opens the door for many of the evils you mention (mass control, financial chaos, loss of political integrity, etc).

    Unfortunately we are becoming an entitled nation, who is becoming more and more scared to stand up for what we know is wrong.

    So many reasons to be prepared…….

  37. exile1981 says:

    http://wwwwakeupamericans-spree.blogspot.ca/2014/05/occult-child-sacrifice-goes-mainstream.html

    Speaking of morality breakdown there is talk of harvesting blood from children to infuse old people so they live longer. Talk about creepy.

    • exile1981
      If you saw the program hosted by Jonathan Frakes, it was the second time it had been on the TV. We (dh&I)discussed this with our doctor about 1 1/2 years ago, he was put off by the article.
      I would like to call everyone’s attention to certain women who look their age and then disappear for a while to come back looking 10+’s years younger. It is not cosmetic surgery that is getting them those youthful looks………(ie=Pelosi/H R. Clinton). Next time watch those people who are so in the public eye, who look like worn out cement to come back with a younger version of themselves.

      • Exile1981 says:

        I don’t have cable or satellite at home so we haven’t watched TV in a couple of years.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if that is exactly what they are doing; I know everyone claims it’s botox but from what I have read it’s not normally that effective.

        Since I read the article yesterday about it I had never heard of vampire therapy before but evidently lots of people are getting it done and have been for 5 or so years.

      • Exicle1981
        Scarey!
        Now I would believe the botox on Pelosi…..

  38. Think this wisdom from 90 years ago sums it up:

    Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian!” – Henry Ford, 1922

  39. k. fields says:

    Having been actively “prepping” for 40+ years now and listening to doom sayers since the time of Harry Browne and Don Stephens, I actually see things improving as time rolls on. Yes, in any period you can pick out specific problems – especially during times of economic downturn – but overall, I’m feeling pretty positive when I compare our country and the world today to our recent history.
    American has wondrous new discoveries of oil and natural gas and soon will become the world’s largest oil producer overtaking Russia (we’ve already overtaken Saudi Arabia).
    The biggest threat to our national health is obesity, not hunger – we actually waste an estimated 40% of our food.
    We have easy access to the greatest technology in the world, we have the world’s strongest military and we enjoy a relatively stable system of government.
    Breakdown of morality? Nope, I don’t buy it. Crime rates have been declining for decades in the US, teen pregnancy rates have steadily dropped, births to unmarried mothers in general has dropped for ALL age groups except women over 35, illegal drug use is down, student dropout rates have decreased, high school graduation rates have increased, rates of participation in higher education have increased, smoking has decreased, alcohol abuse rates for young people are down and more students are working today to help pay their own way than ever before. All that sounds to me like the actions of a population becoming MORE moral, not less.
    Breakdown of family values? Seems to me there is a lot more families are pulling together these days than there has been in a good while. Yes, the reason is financial but the outcome of families once again sharing their time and responsibilities is having other beneficial effects as well.
    The deficit? Yes it’s massive but our debt has hit 100% of our GDP in the past and we’ve pulled out of it. Considering what piss poor shape our manufacturing and general economy is in right now, I’m amassed the debt to GDP ratio isn’t a lot worse.
    America might still buy more goods and borrow more money from the rest of the world than foreigners do from the us, but the gap has now shrunk to a 14-year low.
    Foreign investment in US companies? Don’t we all complain about US firms operating in other countries – taking jobs from Americans? Well, just the opposite is beginning to happen as foreign firms start setting up shop here – why is that a bad thing?
    China becoming a world leader? Good for them. China will soon find that it’s people will expect everything that we cherish and will have to adapt or die at least internationally. Our trade deficit with them? Well, if American’s truly cared, they would simply stop purchasing Chinese goods – do we really need government controls to make that happen? But in reality, it will all equal out again in the not so distant future – most financiers feel that by 2018-20 US manufacturing costs will achieve parity with China’s. America’s factory productivity has soared (less workers, energy, etc. needed to produce a product) since 2007.
    China’s increased military? Let them take over the role of world policeman, bring our troops home and close all our foreign bases. Our nation has shown in the past that we can quickly gear up for an international conflict if necessary. Why should we care?

    Now I’m not saying things couldn’t be better – obviously they could – but jeeze, as a people we are damn lucky and we should, at least occasionally, appreciate that fact.

    • k. fields,

      That must have been a big glass of kool-aid you drank this morning – if you’re not careful folks will think that you’re one of those paid government trolls.

      • Worrisome says:

        Md I have had that thought as regards k.f. A time or two….ha…but today I am thinking that he must be tdl,s morning briefer or a speech writer…

      • k. fields says:

        M.D. – I think it’s more having the years of experience to see a larger picture than simply viewing things through rose colored glasses (or drinking the kool-aid as you put it).
        I find it frustrating within today’s prepper movement so many people are becoming such sheeple. These folks seem to pride themselves on knowing the “true” story, yet so many are unwilling to actually question most any of the alternate news headlines presented to them – no matter how absurd. And if someone like me should point out the slant or even outright lies in a popular story, they get immediately painted as a “liberal”, a “government/corporate shill” or worse.
        Preppers should be better than that, they should be grounded in reality not the ideology of any “side.” You don’t need to be of any specific faith, you don’t need to be of any specific political party, but you do need the ability to keep your eyes open, understand what is going on around you and maintain the ability to always question – no matter who made the statement.

      • k. fields,

        It looks to me like your view is pretty rosy, and that’s great as long as it makes you sleep better at night.

      • M.D. don’t waste your time with that bozo. I’ve watched his comments here for months and it’s obvious that he thinks he is super intelligent, with all of the real answers and everyone else reading this blog is a dumbass.

        Either that or he is one of those government paid trolls – k. fields, no things aren’t great, even though you say so. It’s easy to see that your not a prepper at all and all of your “years of experience” is just made up bull shit. What a moron.

        M.D. why you’ve not banned this half-wit from commenting here I’m not sure, but one thing is certain he is a troll…

      • k. fields says:

        Ah, snide comments are always welcome.

      • Mike in TN says:

        k. fields,

        Your BS cup is overflowing… with you guessed it BS. What a loser. The man that’s been everywhere and done everything, all while setting in him mommies basement. I thought it funny a few weeks back when you said CA was a better place for a prepper than TN, I also found it rather convenient that you “claimed” to have once lived on the TN Cumberland Plateau when making your argument apparently to give your argument more merit and to sound like you know what you’re talking about, you sir are a fool.

      • JP in MT says:

        ALRIGHT PEOPLE:

        Disagree, debate, compare notes and quotes.

        But let’s stop the personal attacks.

        It’s getting old fast!

      • thank you, jp.

    • Let China become the world policemen? The same people who have no respect for human rights, water, property rights, christian values, or you or me? That sounds like a great idea.

    • Ready2K says:

      k fields. Once you said you don’t see a breakdown in morality, I stopped reading. You can’t be serious.

      • To JP

        🙂 Cute and true, and in fairness to k fields, bringing home troops wouldn’t be bad

      • k. fields says:

        R2K, have you been to NY City lately? Are you old enough to compare it to how things were there a few decades ago when Times Square was wall to wall porn shops and you’d probably get mugged going ANYWHERE day or night? Or San Francisco with it’s gay clubs and bath houses? Or Vegas? New Orleans?
        Yes, I’m serious that I feel the general attitude of the country is more “moral” now than it has been for a long while.

      • 3 decades ago, I was a young trucker delivering all over the 5 buroughs. back then if you werent packin heat in your pocket,,,,, you were the only one. I watched it grow more civilized over the next 30 years. the only way to get killed quickly there now,is to eat off a vendors cart.

      • Ready2K says:

        Having the government outlaw bath houses, outlaw porn shops, and put more cops on the street has not made us more moral. That’s like saying prohibition solved alcoholism because the liquor stores disappeared. Do you really think pornography, prostitution, or sex trafficking have declined over the past 30 years?

        A serious sign of our moral decline can be seen by looking at the statistics on unwed mothers. Birth rates to unwed mothers have more than doubled in the last 30 years. If that’s not a sign of immorality (for both the genders), I don’t know what is. (http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/famsoc2.asp).

        Also, although it is true that rates crime have declined somewhat over the past 30 years, incarnation rates have explodes (more than tripled) in that period. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:U.S._incarceration_rates_1925_onwards.png). So I don’t think the reduction in crime has anything to do with increased morality, it is attributable to the fact that we lock up a lot more folks than we used to. That may be a good result, but it is not an indication of increased morality.

      • mindful patriot says:

        incarnation…
        ROFL

      • Ready2K says:

        Didn’t you know? There are 3 times more Jesus’s running around today than there were in 1980? 🙂

      • k. fields says:

        R2K,
        Do you really believe that laws and government controls are the only reason for all factors I wrote about showing to an increase of morality? I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy that.
        So how is the porn industry these days? With a bit of research, you’ll find revenue for most adult production and distribution companies has decreased 30-50% just in the last few years. Attendance at such venues as the Adult Entertainment Expo (porn’s most important trade show) has steadily dropped. Pay-per-view (cable porn) revenues have dropped close to 50%.
        Sex trafficking has been declining for years.
        The arrest rate for prostitution and commercialized vice has been cut in half (down 55%).
        Shoot, even the number of LEGAL brothels operating in Nevada has declined by 50% since 1985.

        You state that crime rates have declined SOMEWHAT? Wow, that’s a bit of an understatement.
        Homicide rates – Down 50+%
        Forcible rape – Down 59%
        Aggravated assault – Down 31%
        Robbery – Down 47%
        Burglary – Down 41%
        Larceny-theft – Down 34%
        Motor vehicle theft – Down 40%
        Weapons law violations – Down 40%

        So why has the prison population increased so dramatically? One statistic – an 80% increase in arrests for drug possession! Even though arrests for drug sale/manufacturing has decreased by 30%.

        Juvenile arrest rates have fallen pretty dramatically.
        Abortion rates have declined.
        Divorce rate is lowest it has been since the early 1970’s.
        Teen pregnancy is at its lowest rate in 40 years.
        And if you look at the graph on unwed mothers you linked to, you’ll see that the rate has actually dropped in the last few years except for women over 35 (as I stated in my original post).

        And on top of all this, charitable giving has been up in the last few years.

      • Ready2K says:

        I do think there has been an increase in morality in certain selected areas, such as reduced racism and increased rights for women. But I think there has been decreased morality in a lot of other areas, such as sex (that covers a lot), commitment to family, work ethic, and personal responsibility.

        As for your observation that porn businesses are struggling these days, there is a pretty obvious explanation – ITS AVAILABLE FOR FREE. The majority of porn is viewed on smartphones for free. As an analogy, brick and mortar book store revenues are way down too, but is that because people are reading less books? No. People are simply getting their books online now for much lower prices.

        With respect to your statement that “Sex trafficking has been declining for years,” I’d like to see you source.

        The recent increase in charitable giving is so slight that I don’t really think it is a very meaningful indicator of morality. From what I’ve seen, the U.S. gives about 2% of GDP to charity, plus or minus about 0.3% depending on the state of the overall economy. 1971 – 2.1%; 1981 – 1.8%; 1991 – 1.8%; 2001 – 2.3%; 2011 – 2.0%. (http://philanthropy.com/article/The-Stubborn-2-Giving-Rate/139811/)

        Finally, I don’t think you really addressed my main point about increased incarceration rates (rather than increased morality) being the cause of lower crime. Incarceration rates have triple since 1980 – so of course crime has been reduced. If we threw EVERYONE in jail, there would be no crime at all. Would that indicate a big increase in morality?

      • k. fields says:

        R2K,
        Sorry for the late response. Unlike some folk’s opinions here, I actually don’t get to sit in my mom’s basement and play on the computer all day.

        Very valid points on the brick and mortar, and I admit I may be seeing the removal of porn from public viewing to private internet access in the wrong light. But one additional point, currently (polls say) only 29% of Americans think watching porn is morally acceptable, but in 1987 that number was 36%.

        My source for sex trafficking information is the Trafficking in Persons Reports from the State Department. They have put out these yearly reports since 2000 but it is hard to get a clear picture on the status of sex trafficking in the US due to things being bunched and definitions being changed. I based my statement on the following progression – The 2000 report that suggested approximately 50,000 individuals are trafficked into the United States each year. This number was reduced to 18,000–20,000 in the June 2003 report. In its 2005 report, the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons cited 14,500–17,500 individuals annually. But, of course, all such numbers are mearly speculation.
        So, I am taking some liberty but I feel my statement is justified by the continuing drop of arrests for prostitution and commercialized vice as shown in the Dept. of Justice statistics. Although the laws are being changed, currently even trafficked juveniles, if caught, will be charged with prostitution.

        Charitable giving? Yes, not a great amount but an increase never-the-less. I got the info from http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=42#.U3cq2i1lBjM so we’re looking at the same original source material.

        So why have crime rates dropped? Your theory that it’s due to increased incarceration rates is a valid argument – there is certainly no way to completely disprove it – but there are a couple of factors that I feel don’t fit.
        Of those in prison (in order);
        60% are there on drug charges
        9.8% for robbery
        8.6% for firearms, explosives, arson
        6.8% for extortion, fraud
        5.5% for property offenses
        2.8% for immigration offenses
        ….
        <1% for murder

        Now for your theory to be the only cause, then very few people must have been committing a heck of a lot of crimes other then drug possession.
        And if you compare rates of increased incarceration with the drop in crime, it doesn't really match up. Murder, robbery, rape dropped precipitously starting in the 1990's, but the prison population increased on a gentle curve not in keeping with the drop in crime. And even though the prison population kept increasing, a number of crimes almost leveled off for a while around 2000 – shouldn't crime have continued to drop as the prison population continued to be increased? The only crime that seems to match is drug possession arrests which increased 80% while all other crimes were falling.

        No, I don't think throwing everyone in jail would relate to an increase in morality – if fact, I feel the current levels of incarceration are showing just the opposite.

      • k.fields;
        I beg to differ with you on the crime rates. Just so you know this is not a personal attack.
        When a car thief is put into jail 3 time in less than 48 hours for steeling the same car twice, yet going for another vehicle the 3rd time to be captured again in Sacramento…..crime down. NO….. not with the revolving door policy that they states are now having to cope with because of the courts and ACLU stepping in to make the life of a law abiding citizen stink!
        Ex-jail inmates living(homeless) on a river to harass the walkers or homeowners in the area. Breaking into an elderly persons home to support their drug habit, elderly person taking a shot at them. Do not recall if this time they killed them.
        Pot growers thinking they can put plants out where ever they want and as many as they need to rake in the big pay off……to “hill” with the neighbors. Then damaging a brand fire hydrant for access to water for their plants. Guess who is paying that replacement bill……nope……not the pot grower.
        Mentally ill in the street yelling at their imaginary friend, and almost being hit by cars going by.
        These are a few samples, there are more but I have things to do.

      • k. fields says:

        Becky, I never take a point of discussion as a personal attack. You’re always welcome to disagree.

        The crime stats. I quoted are, of course, compiled nationally – so what you see locally may look a lot different. They came from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics – 1990 to 2010.

    • Sw't tater says:

      K F .That must have been some good dope! be careful to not bury your head too deep in that sandpile, you might smother.

  40. M.D., I agree with a lot of what you said.

    Especially the pornography thing.

    People spend 13.1 BILLION on something that’s free on the internet in spades???

    I think the biggest problem with that is it shows mass stupidity!

  41. MD

    Excellent article and right on the money. (Before Inflation!)

    An article I read today demonstrates the old adage, “Those who don’t learn from history, are doomed to repeat it” What I find interesting is the parallels between Germany in 1938 and the USA today.
    ———————————————————————————————
    Here’s just a partial list of comparisons from Germany, 1938, to America, 2014:
    • The demise of Capitalism was fine and the rise of Socialism was accepted.
    • Few blinked when prayer was taken out of school in 1935.
    • Daycare raised the children of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.
    • Christmas and Easter were taken out of the German public schools.
    • Socialized medicine ruined the German healthcare system. The elderly and handicapped were marginalized.
    • Abortion became the new normal and was even expected.
    • Private education was gone by 1938.
    • Government spending skyrocketed and no one said a word. Taxation soared to 80%.
    • First there was gun registration but that was followed by gun confiscation by the Nazis.
    • Free speech gradually faded. The newspapers and other media proclaimed the pro-government side of a story.
    • The green agenda was adopted as it was steeped in paganism and Hitler loved paganism.
    • Government spying went off the charts.
    • Children sang songs of praise to Hitler.
    • Germans were spellbound by the great oratory skills of Hitler. He couldn’t possibly be lying to them.
    • The church in Germany did not want to make waves; it did not want to tackle controversy. Pulpits would never address serious issues or politics.
    • The church in Germany was steered into mysticism such as today’s American pulpits that are okay with Christian Yoga-type deceptions. Hitler knew this would weaken the church and make it ineffective. Most, but not all churches in Germany, were riddled with compromise.
    • Many pastors in Germany wanted to be popular and find favor with the government. They did not want to offend anyone.

    This is from a newsletter by Jan Markell ( http://www.olivetreeviews.org )
    The subject is: “When Government Becomes God”.
    ( https://www.olivetreeviews.org/radio/complete-archives ) This is an audio discussing the topic.

  42. snakehawk says:

    SO true, MD.And all the critics an complainer,s WILL SEE IN THE END.!

  43. What to do What to do What to do??? Great article, succinct, accurate and motivating, but personally I’m finished saving anyone else.
    As far as the art of war, they are a one trick pony. We know what moves are coming next as they are the same moves Hitler used. If it is the reptilian brain we are fighting then it is a fight or flight brain, which means reason, calmness, spiritual focus is the best weapons. If history repeats, the we may all find ourselves part of small resistance cells, complete with secret signs as early Christians had to endure. For me personally I take comfort in the fact that the battle is taking place on a spiritual level, and that is something I can control, my daily acts of kindness, prayer and focus. God’s speed all

  44. Christopher de Vidal says:

    M.D. I concur, except I don’t believe these will cause collapse in the next year, nor do I expect Mad Max. In history, bad events are rarely as severe as predicted, but they do occur, leading me to think that the final outcome will be somewhere in the middle: Not the happy days of 2005 and not TEOTWAWKI, but a long, grinding time of increased crime, decreased product/food availability, increased prices, decreased employment, increased disease, etc. Life will go on, but it’ll suck for everyone.

    Of course I’m preparing to be wrong.

    Also, please stop listening to Michael “The Sky Is Definitely Falling Tomorrow And This Time I Really Mean It” Snyder. He’s the king of Yellow Journalism in the prepper world. We need facts, not hype.

  45. Harrison Bergeron says:

    I keep trying to figure how America will bottom out. We’ve certainly been in decline for some time, but will we:

    A) Stay on this downward path until gradually there’s nothing left?
    B) Stay on this downward path, but suddenly the bottom drops out overnight?

    Either way, I don’t believe there will be sovereign nations in the world, probably sooner than later. When the global government comes into existence, there will be no place for democracies or republics or anything like that – just one big concentration camp.

    If you’re left behind (don’t be) – whatever you do, do not take the mark…

  46. I completely 100% agree with you on every aspect.
    As I write I am feverishly trying to figure out a way to go off the grid. Leave what has become of society. Fortunately my children are grown with families of their own. Unfortunately I have no controll over what they allow, or how they believe. I can only hope that I have instilled in them the morality and ethics to raise their children, my grandchildren right. Good luck to all. I am hoping to be gone within the next 6 months.

  47. I am a religious person, but sorry to see so much of this thread turn into a religious debate of us vs them, believers vs unbelievers. Our nation has tolerated a diversity of religious beliefs over the years. On this web site, we all come b/c we see a need to prepare for disasters & the end of the world as we know it & likely the end of the USA as we know it. & we are united in our belief in the need to prepare, despite coming from a variety of backgrounds & places & environments. I hope we can be tolerant & respectful of those who have different or no religious beliefs.
    MD, thanks again for your ongoing work to maintain this site & many thanks for this article.

    • RedC,

      One thing about this comment thread turning into a “religious” debate is that it proves my point that the belief in God is declining, or could it be that none believers are just more outspoken. Even if I was an atheist (I’m not), I would not try to change others mind or attack their faith.

      • Donna in MN says:

        It shows in conflicted tuesday senarios here like kill the bums, push your friends off the flying plane, kill those families who stole some of your supplies, sell them into slavery, and some getting upset because a few like me won’t kill people who are not trying to kill me.

    • Sw't tater says:

      The USA as we knew it, has been gone for some time, there are too many people in power that love money and power.Our rights have been taken a little at a time in the name of peace and safety…and education of if you have trouble and need protection, just call the police, well where I live, it might take them an hour, or two or three to get to you…
      Just because there happen to be many people who have religious beliefs, does not mean we are intolerant to those who don’t….for most of us believe that you have the right to dis-believe and take the chance you are wrong if you wish.
      I happen to believe that God gave that choice to each, to go to heaven or hell…our choice. If you choose heaven, then we have to get in HIS word and do what HE orders. He becomes the commander in our life.

  48. druidbros says:

    While I do not agree with all of your points I certainly believe we are in a post-constitutional era. Even many of the leading leftist thinkers agree with you on that point. If the common citizen will only wake to what is going on we have a small chance to change things. Otherwise we are cooked and no amount of preparation will help if you still live in this country.

  49. Arizona says:

    POLITICAL CORRECTNESS,has cost you your nation,NOW the CHINESE will show you what MASS DEATH looks like up close,YOU dumped the LORD,and the founding fathers,next the US CONSTITUTION,its all done in the name of political correctness,TO BAD your children don’t know how bad you have screwed them,they might be the ones to shoot you in the head,instead of the chinese doing it……I think the LORD was right when he said:..AMERICANS ARE VOMIT IN HIS MOUTH……………….

    • mindful patriot says:

      I did not dump the Lord.
      My children not screwed by me.
      I never heard the Lord say that Americans are vomit in His mouth.

      Personally, I find your comments offensive.

      To Whom are you speaking, anyway?

      • Ready2K says:

        Please refresh me on where the Lord said “AMERICANS ARE VOMIT IN HIS MOUTH.” Where do you live?

  50. Ready2K says:

    Previous question and comment are for Arizona.

  51. Sw't tater says:

    IF you don’t want to hear this… then just scroll on down…but I am compelled to answer as best I can, for I agree with..ARIZONA, on several points, and wish to clarify…
    . There is already a program of “reporting suspicious” actions of others in place and being promoted. Part of the common core is disguised as language correction, but is indoctrination to accept anything tdl says as fact.
    WE are always one generation from apostacy…fail to teach your children your values and the nanny will teach hers to them. and they will do as the above writer indicates, shoot you to do the bidding of ‘their instructor” ….. as For…. the “LORD”?, I KNOW!! He was right..and someday the unbelievers will as well….. and….actually He was speaking of the Laodiceans.,and the verse is specific. Chapter context of Rev 1:1 states these things will shortly come to pass.(.2000 years is not shortly.) .. but IT is HIS attitude toward those who are lukewarm..and unfortunately . many are lukewarm in this day…, so many in the whole earth are VOMIT in HIS MOUTH..
    The same verses tell us the problem, God’s attitude toward it , and to change.. Rev.3:13-19,
    13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
    14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
    15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
    16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
    17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
    18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
    19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

    I)Our people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge,Hosea 4:6,(posted below) and punishment will surely come because God is unchanged(verse included in point 4 below), just and longsuffering .
    “Just”… as Job spoke in Job Chapter 37:23-24
    23 [Touching] the Almighty, we cannot find him out: [he is] excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.
    24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any [that are] wise of heart.
    …. longsuffering ….as in 2 Peter 3: 9-10
    9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
    10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

    Hosea Chapter 4
    5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
    6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    II)people don’t wish to hear the truth..this has not changed,either..
    Jeremiah Chapter 5
    31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love [to have it] so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

    III)God forgives true repentance ..as in..
    Jonah 3: verse 4-10.., And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
    5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
    6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
    7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
    8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
    9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
    10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

    IV) God has not changed and He welcomes us as we conform to His Will. ..as in.. Malachi Chapter 3:4-7.
    4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
    5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in [his] wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger [from his right], and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
    6 For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
    7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept [them]. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

    MD, this was a thought inducing post. I have enjoyed reading and the exchange.

  52. skipNclair says:

    It’s not going to hell in a hand basket, it is already there.

  53. Putin 2016

  54. Brearbear says:

    -nature:
    volanoes…meteor strike…solar flare…
    earthquake…tornadoe…etc.

    -manmade:
    emp…fuchushima…
    nuke/radiation…aluminati/one world government…
    dictators…banksters…war…
    corrupt politicines…etc.

    -Aliens?

    why do i prep?…i will die one day anyway…right?

    why NOT live truly for this moment…
    screw thw world?

    why do i care…why not just go get drunk get laid and screw tomorrow…
    what does it matter?

    screw it?

    why care about others…my country…(and HER allies)…

    about human rights animal rights …about nature/environment?

    why do i care one crap about
    civil defense?

    why not just live for the moment…
    screw it all…

    …and if any one or all of these bad things…(or worse happens)…

    why not then…if i have nothing at that time…

    why not just go and take/wound/maim or kill others…

    crap…and why NOT…even imprison them…rape them…well…i mean…the women of course)…
    make them MY sex slaves…
    (the men can just have a bullet)…

    i could maybe…if i am viscious enough…have a slave harem…

    maybe just create a ruthless army
    and make torture MY mantra…my motto?

    why not?

    why do i even give a crapola about
    community?

    why NOT chop little childrens heads off with a machete and kick
    baby lambs in the head?

    …does ANYTHING i just wrote…
    make you horny/turn you on/make you devlve deeper into these ideas?

    if it does then…

    …YOU ARE SICK!

    and in need of an attitude adjustment.

    and know this scum. you are my enemy.

    evil is what it is…

    and i want no thing/ no part of it.
    (and yes…of course i achknowledge my own evil/sickness parts of my self).
    i am a CHRISTIAN so believe i am a sinner.

    so…may the community of GOODNESS prevail!

    i prep because…of course i want to live as long as i can…

    …i also want/hope to be a helper
    in the true name of goodness and community…to fight evil.

    …i would love to for humanity to get it together protect this planet
    and start exploring the universe…
    (imagination is all we have right now besides our small assed telescopes….lets go and find out what is truly out there dammit)!!!!!

    i want children to run and play and be safe on the way to/and at the play ground…and on the way back home…without a parent holding there little hand and clenching a glock in the other hand…

    and i am but a fragile man.

    whom has little power…little money…

    but…i daily TRY to stand up for GOODNESS!

    and i believe…so do most all of you here.

    for not just now…
    but…
    if and when the dust settles…

    my sword arm is at the ready.

    yes…things have umproved in many ways…(human/animal rights and environmental protection)…

    we have come a long way as a species…

    AS FRAGILE AS IT IS!

    but all is fragile…we CAN LOSE OUR RIGHTS…

    hold onto them dearly…

    FIGHT FOR THEM!

    yah…OUR RIGHTs…

    (and do you know WHO made it that way)? …good people made it that way.

    the blood swaet tears and lost lives of oh so many good souls.

    we are only here for a short time.

    if ye care and love goodness…

    THEN STEP UP AND FIGHT!

    thongs are scarey…probably always HAVE been scary not matter what era we humans have lived on…

    good people…i believe things are going downhill…

    FAST!

    so do many of you.

    may ye keep on prepping…
    keep on helping make this wonderful world better.

    STEP UP AND FIGHT!

  55. Great read and you covered it well. I would only add that the ominous potential of the petrodollar exit, which Russia discussed officially today and China has been rattling about, could be another major factor for the imminent collapse US dollar.

  56. madison says:

    the last one has been happening since the 90`s

  57. Where is the one about diversity, otherwise known as white people being replaced by brown people? I may have missed it.

    • tommy2rs says:

      It’s under Political Correctness is out of control

      Last line reads: They want to keep us divided alone racial lines so that they can better lie to and control us.

      Diversity breeds disunity which makes it a perfect tool to divide and conquer. In America there should only be one culture, American culture. Not Mexican, Irish, Scottish, African, Asian, yada yada yada. American, period. No hyphens, just plain American. The amount of melanin in a person’s skin doesn’t matter. If you claim American citizenship be American. Imagine what the people could do if everyone worked together. The government has and that’s why it pushes diversity, so we dislike, fear, mistrust and even hate one another. It’s just another psyop to turn the people against themselves.

    • That is very true ! , wherever Spanish is the national language , is a shit country , same with Africa , look at what the ancient Roman accomplished in a few hundred years , and look at Africa now , with several thousand years ………….they still have not gotten to the level of daily life the Romans had ………..just sayin ..

  58. Swamprat says:

    I can give you 535 reasons.

  59. I left a comment and have received several e-mail responses to me personally the last of which reads;
    hoagie, one problem I see with the spiritual morality of each different religion is that at least one of those religions “morality” is a complete opposite of mine. I have not, will not, teach my child to hate, lie, and murder, as one of the other “brotherhoods” does teach to hate, lie, and murder. We are now witnessing when “good is called evil, and evil is called good”.

    To this I say granted, we are living in a time when good has become bad and bad has become good. This actually started back in the early ’60 with movies and social attitudes shifting. The good guys didn’t always do good and the bad guys weren’t always doing bad. Now what I disagree with is that ANY religion, yes even Christianity can be and has been hijacked. We saw millions slaughtered in the name of spreading Christian values during the crusades, the Spanish inquisition and more recently the KKK. These are instances where in the name of Christianity, murder, torture, rape and genocide were committed. So please don’t fall victim to this good guy – bad guy stuff and understand that there is good and evil in us all. That’s the duality of man, this is the human dilemma we find ourselves subject to. We aren’t above it, we aren’t below it, we simply are part of it and everyman has sinned.

    • Brearbear says:

      hoagie

      how is it you posted a comment and recieved several email responses?

      i do not understand!

      unless there is someway that you have given out your email
      somehow?

      please M.D. can you or someone explain?

      i ONLY gave M.D. my email (and i guess the nsa/super gov. MY email)…????????????

      on that note…i guess the pack could all get rounded up
      so…as nice as it would be to personally meet most of you…a fema type camp aint part of my self reliance plan!!!

      please explain.

  60. elizabeth says:

    Hi. One typo up there, entailment should be entitlement. Good Article. Feel free to delete this comment. 🙂

  61. Well, no matter who or what is at fault, the terrorists are winning. They want Western civilization to fall, and they’re getting their way. Start disrupting OUR lives via attacks and let the paranoia do the rest. Don’t care who you are, please don’t try to cram your beliefs down my throat and I will do you the same courtesy.
    It’s just good manners to begin with, and I think that’s why manners evolved over the millennia to keep the human race from becoming extinct during the years that you had to be within an arms reach to kill someone for the most part.
    I remember September 11, 2001. My son had been injured playing football and was taking him in to the hospital for an MRI on his neck. I had seen the coverage of the first plane collision with the WTC before we left when speculation was it was a terrible accident. At the waiting room, we saw the second plane hit and I felt the beginning of life as I knew it changing forever. While my son was in the MRI, a woman came running into the other room I was in screaming about the Pentagon. I knew then things were going to be different forever. And when we got back home to see the towers falling…well, it was like my past was just a dream. That was when I took out the American flag that my daddy gave me, put it up at the gate where it stayed for a full year, without fading, I might add. The American Dream is slowly dying and it’s up to us who remember it to keep it from dying.

  62. Hello again. Elizabeth, your spelling error correction brings to mind a concern/question I’ve had for some time. That is use of the term entitlements. Lately this term is being placed on some programs that might deserve it, but might not. I DO NOT KNOW, I’M ASKING…
    If a person works for 4, 5, 6 decades, PAYING INTO the Social Security fund, isn’t that money they draw from their own money that they have invested over their working years? So aren’t they entitled to it? I think they are justly entitled to it, it’s theirs.
    Now the same applies to unemployment insurance. We pay into that fund as well, now I’m not certain as to how long we can draw before we’re taking more than we gave, but one would think that it should equal out over time.

    The problem is that decades ago the federal government started using Social Security funds to pay for their runaway spending spree in DC. And after only a few short decades the Social Security funds have dwindled to almost nothing and the debt has skyrocketed. Spending is like drugs. Once an abuser starts getting high they usually can’t or don’t stop. The same is true with spending other peoples money as is the case with our elected officials in DC. We can’t spend more than we earn for too long before it destroys US from the inside. This might very well be the Achilles heel for the USA.

    • Ready2K says:

      hogie.

      I agree that folks who paid into Social Security are “entitled” to collect it when they reach the appropriate age. But we better not count on it being there. As you know, SS has turned into an unsustainable intergenerational wealth transfer Ponzi scheme.

      The SS program (and all other wealth redistribution programs) should have never been implemented. It is not the government’s role to make sure everyone is fed, clothed, housed, educated, and cared for. It sounds nice, but it ends badly. It is unaffordable, it rewards bad behavior, and it only gets bigger. These tasks of “caring for others” are best left to individuals, families, churches, charitable organizations, and other voluntary organizations. I’m sure some may think my views are harsh, but wait until the current system collapses – you will see harsh results on a massive scale.

      • Sw't tater says:

        RE: ss;It was solvent before they began stealing the funds. The definition of the word entitlements has changed over the past few years. those who worked and poured their monies into systems, which were supposed to be kept separate from the general funds should have every penny they put in with interest…
        the word entitlements has come to not mean those who deserve and earned the right to receive monies, but those who have their hands out for something -neither they or their parents earned…but (for example)it is expected they receive enough food stamps to eat steak and seafood, sandwiches and chips, soda pop.. on a as wanted basis…in contrast to someone who must earn the money to pay for those things and can have them only on a monthly basis or as a treat. The term entitlement has come to mean they are entitled to receive help even when they can find a job and pay their bills . There has been a time when I needed assistance for a short time, but I did not remain on assistance..I eventually was able to find a job, even if I had to cut grass and wash walls as a temporary.

    • conradca says:

      Social security pays it’s benefits from the social security taxes workers pay. The problem with this is that their is an imbalance between the number of retired and the number of workers. This imbalance could result in workers paying 50% or more of their gross in order to support the retired. I doubt that that will work well because no one is going to want to pay that along with taxes. The workers could be left with only 10% of their gross to live on.

  63. TinLizzy says:
    • Brearbear says:

      thank you Tin Lizzy!

      yes i suggest everyone read this!

      crap…seems like everyday more rights are taken away…a little bit here …a little bit there…

      crap is all i can really say right now…

  64. I agree. The declining birth rate also plays a role as does bloated entitlement programs. If able bodied citizens refuse to reproduce, then they must work. Even the socialist FDR didn’t intend for people to draw social security for 15 or 20 years.

    The illegals and the drugs they import also draws billions of dollars out of the economy, money the feds will not admit because it’s laundered out illegally.

  65. w adams says:

    This is all very true! So why do Americans not do something to take this country back!! Americans sit back and do nothing because it is easier!! Failure of this country will be on ALL of us! Just watch and see!

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      W adams
      Did you see the Idaho governors debate last night? CBS showed parts of it. There are 4 candidates – the incumbent, another suit, a biker, and an old timer. The biker was well informed and well spoken. The old timer wanted to get back to a moral society. At the end, the suits slapped each other on the back and shook hands, ignoring the other two, confident that the people will not elect one of the others. And it’s true. We the people don’t believe one of us can lead us. Thus we are sheeple.

      • TG-Ma
        I would vote for the bike or the old man before I would vote for two suit idiots.
        Hopefully the citizens in Idaho will see the schmucks for what they are, darn, maybe not…..to many CA’s mugrumps are going to that area.

    • duracles says:

      Agreed.

  66. conradca says:

    The USA is experience a near religious movement that consists of millions of people dedicated to the destruction of our country so they can build their progressive fascist utopia. A utopia where they control a one party state and the state controls all aspects of society. This movement is pretty much the same as the Nazis, Communists and Muslims. The main difference are the words the mumble to justify the evil they do.

  67. duracles says:

    Discussion is going way off topic!

    Preparations are only half the equation. The other half is political power and the voice of the people being heard. If we just prepare for the end guess what will happen… the End. We need to stand up and voice our stance LOUDLY. Like Vietnam and recently with Syria.

    • I wonder if a smaller, liberal/progressive/socialist version of the US govt will remain for a while. They will probably reduce services, esp to conservatives, tea partiers, & constitutionalists & rural people. So I’m not sure that The End means the The End of the US govt, or just the US govt as we know it today. Human nature, being what it is, the people in power will do everything they can, to hang on to power & even increase their power, at whatever the cost.
      Stand up loudly? Do u know what happened to jews or germans who stood up loudly to the nazis?

      • And many joined the other side , then came back to be victorious liberators with either the Soviets , or the Americans and brits . Riding on top of a Sherman or T-34 , smashing bodies of dead nazis into the pavement . More than one way to do something .

  68. Schametti says:

    Amazing article MD. I loved reading your thoughts, especially since I was ONE of the ones, asking you to list your concerns about what you thought was headed our way, and when. You should hire me as your editor though. 🙂 I want to share this on facebook, but my leftist friends are total asses, and they’d not read past the couple dozen grammar mistakes, but focus on those, instead of your completely accurate points! Liberalism is a mental disorder, you know, lol.

    • Schametti
      “You should hire me as your editor though”

      Why? What did I spell wrong this time?

    • Schametti
      You made me laugh with your remark about “Liberalism being a metal disorder”. We have one family member who keeps marrying them.

  69. Kevin A says:

    Best writing you ever done MD! Bctruck well said about church, I’m with you. To dig a little deeper Look at Obama care or ACA . This is the new police department. They will control our life soon enough. The Militarized Police will be their enforcers. We are no longer unique individuals but must work to all be the same. Along the same path China is on today. The medical profession is obligated to report us. We live in debt and will fear losing our jobs so we will do as told. Like the old song says, “I owe my soul to the company store”. It is the government store now. Lots of mentally ill people being killed by police lately, I can look out my window as I write this at a spot where a ill homeless man was camping and was killed by police, I’m sure everyone has seen the video. Next step will be mental facilities for these ill people. Because we must take care of them and we all can agree on that. Oh but remember you are only one wrong answer to your doctor away from being diagnosed as mentally ill. Now on to to global warming and if you haven’t figured out the answer to global warming your not thinking. We do everything cleaner and with less impact on the environment than ever in history. But there are so many more of us. The population of the US has doubled in my lifetime. Ms Clinton was at a summit in South Africa in 92 and they agreed on huge population reductions at that time. What stopped it? WW11 vets. The power as a voting block of the WW11 vets and how that power has kept things slow and low as the government changes and adapts it’s evil ways upon us. Now most of the WW11 vets have passed on and we will see changes at a rapid speed. to sum it up the bottom line is, your must remain deeply in debt as slave to the banks, your freedom of speech will get you committed during a visit to your Dr. to an new and modern asylum and a few billion people need to quickly die. MD, I wish I could write as good as you. You did a wonderful job on this. Thanks.

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