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On the ‘Normalcy Bias’ and Other Dangerous Illusions.

I watched a video the other evening.  A video that really disturbed me.  It was called simply, “Dissatisfaction With Government”, and it was found in the archives at GBTV.com, Glenn Beck’s TV network website.  I’ll share some interesting facts from the video with you, then tell you why they disturbed me so.

The video was about a recent Gallop Poll on public satisfaction with government.  This particular Gallop poll has been taken yearly since the early 1970s, so it has nearly four decades of data with which to examine trends.  It stated that around 2003, 59% of the country was generally satisfied with the way they were being governed with only 39% dissatisfied.  Mind you, this number is actually quite remarkable considering the partisan rancor that existed in the wake of the contested 2000 presidential election results.  Congressional approval was well over 50% in the same time period.  So what, you may say what’s so dangerous about those numbers?  Nothing.  But let’s fast-forward to 2011, shall we?

Today, that same poll, taken in October 2011, reveals that only 19% of those surveyed are satisfied with the way they are being governed, and a whopping 81% are dissatisfied.  I repeat:  81% of American are dissatisfied with the way they are being governed.  Those dissatisfied consist of 92% of polled Republicans and a surprising 65% of polled Democrats.  Dissatisfaction with Congress is similarly skewed with only 18% of those polled having any confidence at all of Congress’ ability to solve our problems – this month’s number is an incredible 9% approval rating for congress.  All this years’ numbers are record lows for the poll.  A revealing and chilling comparison shows that even during the height of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, BP’s disapproval rating never dipped below 16%.

This dissatisfaction gave birth to the Tea Party movement a few years back and has, more recently, spawned the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Now I know that Tea Party folks tend to feel they occupy the moral high-ground of anti-government sentiment, and in many ways, they do, but I would advise the TPers not to look down their noses too haughtily at the drum-beating, fist-hoisting rabble that is OWS.  They are a little late to the game, but they too, are part of that 81% that are dissatisfied with government and want to do something about it – just like the TPers.  Unfortunately, a significant number of them, assisted by outside forces, would replace this government with, at best, a Euro-Socialist nanny-state, or at worst, a dictatorship of the proletariat, ala Marx and Engels.  And therein, dear readers, is the source of my unease.

You see, while the Patriot movement and the OWS movement want many of the same things: an end to bank bailouts, corporate corruption, and do-nothing, lying politicians, but the means they choose to achieve those things and the ends they wish to achieve are diametrically opposite.  Patriots seek to re-establish a Constitutional Republic envisioned by our Founders, while a large segment of the OWS crowd look upon the US Constitution as an outdated document written by ancient, rich, privileged, white, slave owners, and want Social Justice via Socialism.  The two visions of our future are incompatible and irreconcilable.  Throw in an economic whirlwind precipitated by the imminent fall of the Euro as a viable currency and the inevitable spread of that economic contaigen here to the US, you have a recipe for an extremely volatile situation, to say the least.  And a possibilty of the unthinkable – conflict in the streets of America between proponents of the two disparate and polar opposite visions of America’s future.

To make matters worse, events in Iran (mysterious explosions at nuke and missile sites, murders of their nuke and missile scientists, the sacking of the British embassy in Tehran with the tacit blessing of the regime), Israel’s posturing about striking Iran’s nuclear facilities, the ascendency of anti-west Islamist parties in the countries participating in the ‘Arab Spring’, adding to the chaos.

Enter our enemy, the Normalcy Bias.  this is the dangerous part of our conscious mind that shelters our tender sensibilities, by ignoring the possibility of some horrendous event, like an economic collapse, loss of utilities, martial law and/or discounting the severity of its effects once it has occurred.  “Aw, you’re crazy,” they’ll say.  “That’ll never happen in a million years.”  It is a paralytic.  An opiate that prevents people from facing the possibility that such events have actually become likely in the very near future.  It is a dangerous thing in times like these.  Don’t fall victim to its seductive, siren song.  In this environment, it could lead to the endangerment of your self, your home, and, most importantly,  your family.

The very fact that you are a reader of the Practical Prepping Blog means that you, at least, have a curiosity about the prepper lifestyle (gosh, I hate that word, but am typing too hurriedly to find a suitable replacement) or are participating in it.  Good for you.  For I truly believe it is time to double down on your preps.  Make sure as much is in order as can be done in the next few weeks.  I don’t know about you, but I feel something evil this way comes.

I pray I’m wrong, but I prep in case I’m right.

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.  Pray for our country.

PP

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November 29, 2011 Posted by | My Opinion, Security and Situational Awareness | , , | 5 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving, Preppers.

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I used my EDC ( every day carry) knife, a Kershaw Skyline, to separate mushroom caps from their stems as a first step in preparing my renowned stuffed mushrooms last night, and thought I’d post a picture here on my blog as it is apropos to how prepping should be integrated into everyday life. I think the pic says it better than these clumsily chosen words.

I want to wish all my subscribers and readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the bounty while it is still available and remember to store some away for the difficult days ahead.

And, make no mistake, there ARE difficult days ahead. This weekend I will post an article I have been wrestling with for a few weeks. A sober, dark article whose conclusions I hope are fallacious, but I fear are not. Until then:

Be Safe. Be Prepared.

PP

November 24, 2011 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

A Picture Is Worth Fifteen Trillion Words.

Debt Clock Approaches 15 Trillion

Our national debt is rapidly approaching 15 Trillion Dollars and rising exponentially and our politicians, in BOTH PARTIES, haven’t a clue what to do.

Do any of you, for one second, think that the Super Committee is going to ride in on their white chargers and save the day with a workable debt reduction plan?  Me neither.

Keep prepping.

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

November 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Left-Right Paradigm In Action

Top Obama Donors 2011

Sure you’re fed up with nearly three years of quasi-EUro-Socialist policies becoming the policies of the United States, courtesy of Barack Obama and Cass Sunstien, et al.  You’ve had enough of a government consisting of nothing more than a parade of Wall Street linked appointees like Tim Geitner, Larry Summers, et al.  I mean, look at his campaign donor list at the top of this post.  Aside from a few leftist universities and Bill Gates, you see millions of dollars in Wall Street money.  Contributions from the ‘fat cat, private jet owners’ he is so wont to decry.  Surely, there is an alternative on the Republican side, right?

Top Romney Donors 2011

Ooops. Looks like Mr. Romney’s bought and paid for by the very same interests that support Barack Obama? How could this be?  When is a ‘choice’, not a real choice?  How long will the American people continue to pick the New Boss, that’s the same as the Old Boss?  Has there ever been a better time for a third party?

So many questions but, so little time.  So VERY little time.

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

Practical Prepper 2011

 

Data Source: Opensecrets.org

November 1, 2011 Posted by | My Opinion | 2 Comments

   

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