Ep 149_News Wrap-up/Media Matters
With the political season heating-up, I thought i’d share my favorite politician’s view on political parties:
|“I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s _Farewell_Addresshttp://www.ourdocuments.gov/print_friendly.php?fla sh=true&page=transcript&doc=15&title=T ranscript+of+President+George+Washington%27s+Farew ell+Address+%281796%29|
If you guessed these were the words of George Washington, You’d be right. Further,
it appears President Washington and the founding fathers were well-aware of the corruption inherent in politics. These men were visionaries, but they were realists, as well. They put the protections for us into the Bill of Rights and the Constitution BECAUSE they knew the EVIL that lurked in the hearts of all men, but ESPECIALLY politicians! To put it another way, they knew politicians were scumbags. And know what? They were right.
It won’t come as a surprise to some of you that I won’t be voting for the president, but what may come as a shock to you is that I may write-in a candidate, instead. I may vote for a person with no chance of winning, but who I believe is the BEST person for the job.
I’ll tell you this: the idea that there are only two choices in most elections means at best that the system is broken and more likely out-and-out corrupt. Having TWO choices is only slightly better than having one. And if you only have one choice–you really have NONE.
What would you do with a million dollars? If the answer is “spend it,” then you have all the makings of a great politician. If you said “save it,” you have the makings of a prepper. If you’d answer “I’ll never have to worry about that,” then you must be a prepper, because the elites don’t worry and foolish always think they’re on pull on a slot machine away from retirement.
Truthistreason.net has an interesting article on purchasing tangible assets and staying away from fiat currency.
Guns & Ammo
—Now none of this info is groundbreaking but it is life-affirming. Here is ANOTHER person telling you to get into real goods and get out of fake money. How many times do you need to get hit over the head before you start listening?
Backpacker Magazine has a wonderful article with 21 tips for beginners that even the vet would do well to remember because we ALL forget if take things for granted.
One comment: Leave the alcohol at home or for the end of the trip. Many places don’t allow alcohol and you’ll get into trouble. Play it safe and don’t build your trip around alcohol. Alcohol will also dehydrate you and complicate things. Think twice.
Alcohol dehydrates you–a BAD thing when on the trail hiking.
Coinflation is a wonderful site that tells you the melt value of your coins.
There are ENORMOUS profit margins for people willing to sort some coin. Do it… and profit by it….