How to Cope

I have discussed survival strategies – both physical and emotional – with various friends. We all agree that what’s coming is frightening.

Any even minor student of history (exempting most millennials who have no idea of history at all) can spot the signs. The first and scariest I saw was during the past few elections when most conservatives refrained from having Trump signs in their yards. To do so was an open invitation to being confronted by liberal neighbors or having your car keyed. Even so, a liberal neighbor sneeringly asked me why I didn’t have a Trump sign. Was he asking so that he could come pull it up?

(In some ways it worked in our favor in 2016. The Left had no idea of the amount of Trump support and didn’t try to rig the election as they learned to do in 2020.)

Debating your views even with liberal family members has become verboten. I, as many other people, eliminate politics as a source of discussion with family. To do otherwise is to invite contempt and rage. Sad that it has come to this.

Another is the teaching of history and subsequently, the pulling down of statues to our heroes. Did you ever think you’d hear someone decry Lincoln? Students want Washington and Jefferson taken off the names of universities. Does this sound familiar to those who’ve studied Communism?

How about the propagandizing of the news? It has been with us for years, but escalated in the past five. You can barely find the truth in any standard TV news. They’ve also learned from the Marxists/Communists that it’s not always what you report that matters. It’s what you don’t report.

So how do we deal with this as our rights are taken away? Already, as seen above, we have lost the right to free speech and freedom of the press.

Michal Devon at AmericanThinker has some suggestions:

Rule #1. Observe, but don’t absorb the madness.

Rule #2. Prepare for the inevitable shortages of a progressive Marxist economy.

Rule #3. Don’t believe anything the MSM media tells you. They are not your friend. Investigate alternative sources of information. Stay off social media.

Rule #4. Prepare your families digital ark for safe keeping the past.

Rule #5. Identify one other person you can trust with your life besides a family member. Discuss your plans, fears and hope for the future with this person. There may come a time when you will need a true friend.

Rule #6. Have a plan B, and a plan C for moving and storing your supplies away from the prying eyes of government and from nosy friends and neighbors.

Rule # 7. Stay well under the radar of federal, state and local governmental entities, social media, and educational institutions. Pay your taxes, put on an impassive face to the world, and trust no one who is not well known to you.

Rule #8. See Rule #1.

For practicality he says be sure to stock up on:

Over the counter medications – aspirin, Acetaminophen, peroxide, antacids, multi-vitamins, vitamin C and D, bandages, cold, allergy and cough medicine, foot care, and microwavable heating pads
Soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash, tampons and condoms, toilet paper and paper towels.
If you are life dependent on prescription medications, talk to your doctor about building a 12-month cushion of those important medications.
Matches, Bic lighters, fire starters of all types, chain saw supplies, axes, and seasoned firewood if you have a working fireplace or wood stove.
Batteries, flashlights, windup emergency portable radios –AM/FM and shortwave, kerosene lanterns and supplies, plus three solar chargers for your cell phones and tablets.
Trade and barter items – booze, canned or freeze-dried food, coffee and tea, spices, chocolate, pocketknives, matches, flashlights and headlamps, reams of paper and printer ink, chain saws, wood splinters and solar powered cookers.
An electrical generator with some on-site fuel. Plus, plenty of extension cords.
General hardware – tarps, rope and twine, canvas straps, work gloves, chains, wire, glue, light bulbs, lock and keys, lubricants, lumber and knives with replaceable blades.
Garden supplies – seeds, fertilizer, hoses, and hand tools.
Food for 8-12 months, plus water filtration devices for 12-18 months of water consumption. Plan on filtering a minimum of 2 gallons per person per day.
Pet food, pet medications and litter box/poop bags for your pet.
Sanitation supplies — portable toilets with disposable liner bags.
Extra climate appropriate clothing, especially socks, shoes and undergarments.
Computer supplies — paper and ink for you printers, back up keyboards and mice, ethernet cables, power strips and charging cords.
Buy American if and when you can.
Supplies for your hobbies, crafts and outside interests, especially if you’re a hobby/home seller of your goods and services.
Have a bike with a basket, and spare parts.

I would add have some cash around your house. It will always come in handy.

Yes, it’s come to this.

He concludes:

Please consider getting in better physical shape, no matter your age or ability. Walk more, eat better. Get your COVID vaccination. Cut down on your computer time and stay the heck off all social media. Pray. Meditate. Read. Love you family and tell them so often.

Stay as calm as you can and be really nice to everyone. Our planet, our country, and our family, friends and casual acquaintances will require an extra smile a day plus a kind word. The Marxists and the MSM are gleefully injecting the country with digital heroin 24/7 hoping to make you angry, upset, fearful and helpless.

You must not let them succeed.

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