Back on 12/6, just mere days ago, I posted something that I had been sent from someone else: ”Seems there is a little frustration…” It was a fairly interesting read but the point was that the person was very frustrated with what they were seeing in the country, who was to blame, and challenging people to post their words for more folks to see. I jumped on the bandwagon because I thought it was worth sending out for one and all to read…and forward to others.
And let me be clear…there is tremendous frustration in America today among those who love the Constitution, who love rights, freedoms and liberties…and who are sick and tired our government turning tyrannical, our politicians betraying us and the Constitution…and fed up with this dumb-ass “woke” crap like weird, creepy, and degenerate drag queens trying to pervert our children. And that frustration and anger is beginning to boil over.
In response to that post of mine Ron replied, made a comment. Now, I personally never had heard from Ron before that I remember, and I personally don’t know who Ron is. And let me tell you, he started out his comment 100% correctly and very intelligently, “I agree with everything you said…” Come on, how much better could he get!?
Well, let me just post his comment/reply here for you to read for yourself…
“I agree with everything you said and with your comment THINGS NEED TO CHANGE!
Now I have a question for you: What are YOU going to do to change things?
We know the soap box doesn’t work. We also know the ballot box doesn’t work. The final option is the cartridge box, and we know THAT isn’t going to work. That is one of the reasons (they) are doing what they are doing, to get us to START something, so they can come down on us like a ton of bricks.
I could have written this letter a long time ago, but I didn’t, because without some kind of solution, you’re just complaining. I don’t have a solution either. No, that is wrong, I do have a solution, for ME. I just keep increasing my stored food supply. I keep practicing with my ham radio. I keep working towards becoming self sufficient in power and water supply. I keep trying to get others to see what is happening and to prepare their own family for what is coming. I keep my head down and work at being that gray man.
I hope by writing your letter you got it off your chest. I hope you are preparing for the fact that things “are” going to change, but it will NOT be for the better. It is going to get MUCH worse, before is gets better. Now go back to being that gray man. Stop worrying about things you absolutely cannot change. Enjoy the good things in your life that bring you pleasure, spend time with family and make good memories with them. You CANNOT fix the world, you can only fix you. Don’t let what is going on in the world, make you depressed or bitter. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Live life……. ”
I couldn’t really find fault with anything he was saying. He was really spot on with a number of points:
- We know the soap box doesn’t work.
- We also know the ballot box doesn’t work.
- The final option is the cartridge box, and we know THAT isn’t going to work.
That [the cartridge box] is one of the reasons (they) are doing what they are doing, to get us to START something, so they can come down on us like a ton of bricks.
Now, I honestly didn’t think Ron was directing his comment to me personally…at least I didn’t think so. But, when I feel I am challenged, especially on the website, I feel an urge to respond…if nothing else, simply for clarification. There were a few points he made that I felt maybe challenged me just a bit:
- What are YOU going to do to change things
- I hope by writing your letter you got it off your chest.
- I hope you are preparing…
- Now go back to being that gray man.
- Stop worrying about things you absolutely cannot change.
- Enjoy the good things in your life that bring you pleasure, spend time with family and make good memories with them.
- You CANNOT fix the world, you can only fix you.
- Don’t let what is going on in the world, make you depressed or bitter.
Why did I feel challenged? My immense insecurity, my extremely low self-esteem, my copious amount of anxiety, my…wait a second…
Okay, so maybe “challenged” isn’t the right word…more like threatened. Okay, not that either 😉
I just wanted to respond in case, on the outside chance, he was referring to me…but I didn’t think he actually was because anyone reading my posts/articles for any length of time would know what I am doing personally and what I advocate to do. So, I responded with this…
I am not sure if you are writing your reply to me or to a generic “you”…and that makes a big difference in my reply.
I will take the easy one first…the generic “you”…that is up to each individual how they deal with it and I am fine with it. Also, I don’t mind if people voice their opinion even if it is whining or just complaining. Maybe if they hear themselves enough then they might finally be motivated to do something about it.
Now, if you were referring to me personally as “you” then all you need to do is read my articles for the past 7 years that this site has been up and running. I have explained what I am doing and made suggestions to folks on what they night do as well.
And now time to disagree with you just a little due to my differing perspective…
I know the soapbox works because I get feedback from my site visitors. Some have changed a little, some dramatically. And they attribute some portion of that change to something they read on my site. So I keep on.
The ballot box does still work to a degree. The Republicans did take back the House and have promised action. Let’s give them a chance to see what they will do. Is the ballot box perfect? No. Is there corruption in the ballot box? Yes. And according to the Constitution it is the best option for change…or restoration.
And I do agree that the cartridge box will not work in the sense that the price would be terrible… and I don’t think the outcome would be like 1700’s…more like the 1800’s. And yes! They are trying to bait us.
Also, let me remind you…the first sentence of the post…”This was sent to me. I have no idea who wrote it. But it is powerful in that you can sense the frustration of this person. ”
And you are spot on…it has to start with the individual person doing the best they can, then spread that to the family…then maybe outward locally from there.
Hope this helps clear things up a bit,
Did I show restraint or what! In my old days I would have flamed Ron. But, Ron seemed like a decent guy and I liked all the time and effort he put into his post. Yup! I like to hear back from folks…makes me feel like people are reading, thinking, and willing to engage…and that is priceless! And I was hoping Ron would respond in our virtual conversation…and he did. His response…
“Sorry, AH, I didn’t make myself clear. I was NOT writing back to you.
I read your site religiously every time there is a new post comes out. First thing I read. In fact you are the one that helped me get past the feeling that things are hopeless and there is nothing we can do. You always say, or at least imply that’ “you can’t fix the world, but you can fix you”.
As far as the cartridge box is concerned, I myself know we can’t shoot our way out of this, but I do store ammunition and components to make my own, and I do believe we will need to use them in the future. As for giving the Republicans a chance, I will give them their chance, not because they will do something with it, but because that’s how things work, but they have proven over and over and over that they will do whatever the Democrats tell them to do. They cave in “every” time.
The only bright spot I could see in this past election was in Wyoming where the people threw Liz Chaney out, but when looking at the full picture, Liz Chaney was/is a sideshow. I await to see what the people of Utah do with Mitt Romney. Personally, I think they will re-elect him. If the Republicans in that state hadn’t changed their own laws so he could buy his way into that seat, I would have a little more hope for them, but the people are too in love with the “BIG NAME Mormon Republican” to see what he is doing to them. After all they kept electing Orren Hatch time after time. He was a RINO in sheepskin.
I have moved from Utah to Oregon, and Oregon has it’s own set of problems. Everyone considers Oregon to be a “liberal” stronghold, but it’s not. Portland is a liberal stronghold, and a couple of the larger cities are, but the vast majority of the rest of the state are conservative. That tells me that the people that live in Portland are stupid people. They have voted the downfall of their city into office and keep them there, and seem to like it.
My response to your post was to everyone who complains that “things are getting so bad I just want to scream”, but are doing nothing to prepare for what they know is coming. I realize that most of the posts I reply to, look like I am pointing them at you, for that I apologize. Your site is literally the only place on the internet that I visit, where my ideas will get viewed, so it is the only place that I actually reply to, and it is to try and reinforce what you teach. YOU ROCK!! Ron”
Now come on…we could sum it all up with his final comment…yup, I rock! Nicely, and accurately said Ron 🙂
Okay, seriously, did you read Ron’s reply? This man knows how to think, how to reason, and how to engage…and I love him for it! This is the kind of person we need on our side…we need to find more Ron’s and bring them into our circle of trusted friends and battle-buddies. All of his points are good and deserved to be read…but here are some of the points he made that are great…please read them and ponder:
- you can’t fix the world, but you can fix you
- They [Republicans] cave in every time
- the people [in Utah] are too in love with the “BIG NAME Mormon Republican”
- My response to your post was to everyone who complains that “things are getting so bad I just want to scream”, but are doing nothing to prepare for what they know is coming.
And he brought out something that a lot of folks might not know…all of Oregon is not flaming, out-of-control, insane liberal like Portland. Eastern Oregon is actually pretty dang conservative. Yup, working and country folk live out there in eastern Oregon, just like eastern Washington. And ironically enough…those are some of the most active areas that want to secede from their dumb-as-a-rock crazy Progressive state-mates.
It was great to hear from Ron, not just to clear up any misunderstanding, but to hear what he has to say…to get to know him a bit better. There are whole lot of “Ron’s” out there…heck, most of the people who will read this post are another “Ron”…regardless of their first name.
And let me wrap this up with a very strong suggestion…link up with “Ron’s” as soon as you can…we are all going to need folks like that. I am serious, very serious…go find them and create a bond that will help you deal with the “here & now”…but mostly…for what is coming.
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jiatingzhufu, I can see your frustration in your reply and you are right, you are “more of Ron’s ilk” when it comes to the ballot box. I agree that the republicans are done winning elections, and it really doesn’t matter. They are just “Democrats lite” and haven’t the backbone to “earn” my vote, even though they are the ones I have to vote for. It’s either them or don’t vote at all.
I was hoping Kari Lake could pull an upset, but didn’t have much hope for her. It’s real hard to fight fair when the other side won’t. Now she is going to try and fight them in the courts, by proving the other side cheated. Sadly, most Judges are as corrupt as the party they belong to.
The main reason I am replying to your reply, is that I also, am the emergency preparedness committee in my ward. Your comment “lemme tell ya this next year is going to be a busy one”, has me concerned for the members of your ward. If they aren’t already far down the road to being fully prepared, they are going to be too late. The resources are already disappearing. The information is out there but the will to find it has to be there also, and if they are relying on you to provide the information, they aren’t worried enough to follow your lead anyway.
You’ll offer support and strength, but you can’t do it for them and if they haven’t been doing it already, they won’t have the money or time to get what they are going to need. I’ve heard that about 10% of the members have any significant food storage and other preps already, and my experience with being the preparedness guru in two different wards, says about the same thing.
When I lived in Utah, I was living with my sister and her husband. I was the preparedness person but they agreed with everything I did or purchased, I guess I’m saying they were on board. When I moved to Oregon, I left 95% of the preps we had, there for them. When I got to Oregon and started living with my daughter and her family, they are on board and we work together well, but it has taken almost 4 years to get back to where I am feeling a little bit comfortable with what preps we have. I have made “getting ready” my life’s mission and spent every dime I could gather together and it still took 4 years, and I still have holes I need to plug.
I guess what I am saying, is that I don’t think we have an additional 4 years to start from scratch. I don’t think most families have one person (I’m retired) that can devote their whole life, and complete income to getting prepared. Look back just 2 years and see how far down the road to ruin our country has come, and look forward to see if things are going to get better or get worse. Find out where the nearest Home Storage Center is and encourage your ward members to use it. Another thing you can do is to encourage the members to sign up for A.H. Trimble’s newsletter. The information found here is worth more than ALL the other prepper sites combined, that I belong to, bar none.
Good luck and make this a labor of love and do your best….. Ron (yes that Ron) rf
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Yes I will share your blog .Believe me I get that it’s too little to late for most people at this point, if they’ve not already been preparing for some time. Were it not a church calling, id just be hunkering down at home. But given that it is, I have to do my best to try to help people avoid as much needless suffering as possible. Right, Ron? 😵💫
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Thank you Ron for your kind words regarding my website…”The information found here is worth more than ALL the other prepper sites combined, that I belong to, bar none.”
That was very nice of you! And folks like you are one of the primary reasons the website is as good as it is 🙂 Keep posting!!
Good conversation-well said!
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Excellent exchange! I am perhaps more of Rons ilk when it comes to the ballot box. I believe completely that republicans will never win another election of consequence in this country again. The Gads are in total control of the ballot box . They will only throw a bone to the GOP often enough to maintain the illusion of elections. Marjorie Taylor Green comes to mind as a notable example of that. The House “majority”…. Designed to give republicans enough false hopes to get them off the trail of election integrity, when in fact with the RINOS in the House conservatives don’t stand a snowballs chance in hell of passing anything of substance or principle. Look at the recent disRespect for Marriage Act poised and waiting for Brandon’s signature so it can shed religious liberty. They could never let Kari Lake win in AZ on the other hand because she was going to clean up elections, which in a swing state they would never let go. Kari is a threat to them as Trump had been and we’ve seen how they’ve deconstructed and neutered him. Elections are a complete sham. So I concur that our focus needs to be on strengthening ourselves, honing our skills, building our spiritual and emotional resilience, and as you point out, building community and parallel economies. DH and I head up our church emergency preparedness committee, lemme tell ya this next year is going to be a busy one. Everyone’s really looking to us, they are really feeling it. We are surrounded by people who will be desperate for the resources, the information, and the support and strength we can offer them. So…be that guy! That’s my purpose these days. Community organizing at its finest.;-)
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