The major difference this time, however, is that we are ill-prepared for the hard times that lay ahead. If you want evidence, visit your local supermarket on Sunday. See the overweight husband and wife wearing matching NFL team game jersies, with two obese, unruly kids, loading up on the junk food for the big game. She's texting on her cell phone. He's already fist deep into a large bag of chips, their pampered kids are being pushed around in two separate shopping carts.
And these are the people I'm going to count on when the shit hits the fan? These are the people I want for neighbors when there's food shortages, rolling blackouts and civil unrest in the streets?
The purpose of this story is not to cause panic, and it is certainly not to sensationalize epidemics, contagions or financial implosions. The purpose is to expose how susceptible we are to them, and how ill-prepared our soft, doughy nation will be in handling such calamities.
Consider the following. They suggest that we are heading into a life-changing collection of factors that will culminate into one unstable period of chaos and destruction.
Ebola and the Enterovirus-68 are spreading throughout our country. But the rate of transfer from sick to healthy is debatable. What is not debatable is how it got here. Obama's open border policies have allowed an influx of illegal aliens into the United States and they have brought with them third-world diseases from the poorest regions of Africa and Central America. Many are reluctant to point this out for fear of being called a racist. We are not. Our borders must be closed, as they are in black African nations keeping out other black Africans. See how it works, President Obama? Protect your citizens first.
Perfect Storm: The midterms elections are in 2 weeks. Only after they conclude, Barack Obama is going to jam amnesty down our throats, and thousands of illegals will soon escape poverty and degradation to come here. Nobody is noticing this because there are tailgate parties to attend and football games to watch. Enjoy the parties while you can, because as undocumented foreigners arrive, they will include the healthy, the sick, and the ones who simply have blended, in order to carry out their evil intentions.
Visit our Semper Paratus page to better prepare for any pandemic that awaits us. Prepare now before the shelves are bare, and then safeguard.
Federal Reserve dove, Janet Yellen, is in no hurry to ease the Quantitative Easing program which in essence provides liquidity into our financial system by making cheap money readily available. When rumors swirled that Yellen was thinking of ending QE, the stock market responded with a 1,000 point sell-off over 5 trading days. Then when Yellen hinted that interest rates would remain near historic lows (she got the memo from the White House about the November elections), and cheap money would continue to flow, the Dow bounced back 263 points on Friday.
Perfect Storm: The collapse of our financial system, starting with the dollar, is a very real concern that politicians and economists avoid like the plague. The United States has run up nearly an 18 trillion dollar deficit, and these spending levels cannot be sustained forever. Add to the mix that the labor participation rate is at a 35 year low, and we are headed into a brutally cold and snowy winter. Last Spring corporate America blamed their dismal numbers on the stormy winter weather. Are we in for a repeat performance? We still believe that the Fed will try to print their way out of this malaise (maybe not calling it QE though), and hyper inflation is right around the corner. Expect gas prices to go up right after the election, too.
When the stock market crashed in October of 1929, triggering the Great Depression and a decade-long period of misery, high unemployment, homelessness and starvation, a greater percentage of Americans lived on farms. Therefore they could always find food. Even people who didn't live on farms owned chickens for eggs and poultry, or even a single cow or goat for milk. Today, 46 million Americans are using food stamps to get by. We have lost our connection to the land. This does not bode well if we enter into a financial crisis of any kind.
We have become a celebrity-worshipping culture, mimicking the deleterious viewpoints of such politically correct elitists as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. American in 2014 is land of ignorance is knowledge and war is peace. Americans have been hoodwinked into thinking that guns are bad, consumerism is good, whites are privileged, and God is someone to never be mentioned in public. That is precisely the guilt-ridden, morally bankrupt country that will not stand up and fight for their liberties when attacked. In fact, we might just lay down and accept the tyranny of the mob. As long as we can play fantasy football, watch porn and eat junk food, then many Americans are okay with being sheep.
Perfect Storm: Walter Williams said "a society's first line of defense is not its laws, police and courts, but its customs, traditions and moral values."
As our moral values continue to erode, we can expect the same to happen to our laws and behaviors. As the collapse ensues, expect Americans to riot, loot and burn. Sound apocalyptic? Sound Armageddon-like? Look where America once was. Look at us now.