The Preppers

As a lark, I wrote a book, “The Prepper.”  I never intended it to be serious, just fun.  There are about a dozen or so people who have read most of my books and they give me feedback.   Every one of them has told me that “The Prepper” is my best book.  Apparently, they are not the only ones with that opinion.  It outsells all my other books combined.

I would not have brought it up but it does seem to be relevant to our current events.  Of all the things that dooms day preppers prepare for, the one that I always thought of as least needed was the idea of preparing for an epidemic.  Now look.  It would appear that I must reconsider.

Note: While we out here fight to avoid the virus, there are possibly doomsday preppers who have retreated down into their bunkers completely safe from the little things.  I did a little research on the things.  They are about 1 millionth of one meter, too small to be seen with any standard microscope.

It would seem I should have done some preparing.  I am now down 4 rolls of TP and every time I walk into a store, the shelves are empty.  I haven’t been able to find any rubbing alcohol for at least a month.  I can’t even find the little pads I need as a diabetic.

I noticed the other day that I was running low on 409 spray cleaner and decided to get some more.  Not going to happen.  None of that around or anything like it.  Oddly, there is plenty beer.  Can’t quite figure that.  Is it so important that they want to make sure we have plenty or is that they don’t want to lose the chance to sell the high profit proeduct.  I did notice that the PX’s in Vietnam never ran out of beer but there were times that there were shortages soft drinks.  (Just an observation)

Needless to say, I have a whole new concept in priorities.  Once this is all over, if I survive, I will become something of a prepper.  I will make sure I always have at least 200 rolls of TP and at least a dozen bottles of rubbing alcohol.  Oh, yes.  I will go out and buy more of the alcohol pads any time I have less than six boxes.  It might seem a bit extreme and I used to think so too… a couple of months ago.

Now, I wonder if it will be enough.  It’s not that expensive, but it does cause problems when we run out.

By the way, I would appreciate if you buy my book and I think you will have fun reading it.  Conceivably you might be able to find it by just entering “The Prepper” on the search line.  I don’t know.  It worked for me but it might not work for anyone else.

If the above doesn’t work, you can go to my author’s page or do a search on me, Ben Rhodes on Amazon’s web site.  As always, I always appreciate comments or questions.  Just please keep them short and G rated. My E-mail is Kaay@att.net.

One more kind of side note.  My first book is, more or less, about a ring.  After reading it, I realized something.  It’s better to write people.  Hence “The Prepper” is about people and specifically a prepper named Will.  It is not about prepping.  Apparently, this disappointed one person who read it.  Sorry.  I guess I should have made it clearer.

So, other than “The Secret of the Ring,” all my books are about people, not things.

Real Treasure

I heard an interview of Trace Adkins on TV a few years back.  For those that know me, this will sound strange.  I am not a country/western music fan, though there are a few songs I do like by country singers.  At any rate, the question was put to him, “Do you buy gold?”  The obvious reason for the question was asked in relation to any prepping that he might do in the event of disaster.

Casually, Mr. Adkins replied, “No.  I can’t eat gold.  I buy land, seed and lead.”

Now there is a man with some real common sense.  If things get bad, the man that has gold will easily part with it for a loaf or two of bread.

Repeatedly, I hear these guys on TV trying to hawk their silver and gold on TV.  If the gold is worth so much, why do they wan to sell it?  Personally, I see three problems with this.  Invariably, I will always have to pay more for the gold than what it is worth.  In the event that I sell it, I no longer have any treasure.  Moreover, no one will ever pay me what the gold is worth.  Finally, gold, in a true disaster won’t have any value at all.  You can’t eat it.

On the other hand, if I am the only one around with grain, I can pretty much set my price.

The books are full of stories of men seeking treasures.  The truth is frequently we already have the real treasures.  Here in this country we have a real treasure that is generally overlooked and taken for granted.  Our founding fathers paid for it, many with their lives, many with their limbs.  Many have fought and died to hold onto the treasure.  By now, I am sure most of you know the treasure of which I speak, freedom… also known as liberty.  Since the Revolutionary War, this country has not know tyranny.  There are few countries in this world that can truly say that today.  …Certainly not Russia.  …Certainly not China.  …and most certainly not Iran.

Of all the treasures on this earth, it is likely the one treasure most worth fighting for.  Yet so few are willing to fight for it.  Worse yet, there are those who stand in the way of those who are willing to fight for it.  To be sure, remember, it is far easier to maintain the freedom we have than to fight for the freedom we lose.

I write this because there are those who want to take our treasure from us.  They don’t want us to have it.  They want to run our lives and tell us what to do and what not to do.  They want to tell us how to raise our children and they want to teach our children the way tyranny.

I ask you, what good is gold if you can’t buy anything with it.  What good is security if you are being told what to think.

I refer you back to the above quote.  The land and seed is good for survival.  The problem is that there are always people trying to take your treasure.  So.  To hold onto the land and seed, a person must also have lead… and the willingness to use it.

For sure, the more I think of Trace Adkins’ words, the more true they ring.  There would not be survival without all thee: land to raise crops, seed for the crops, and lead to protect the other two.

If we are not willing to protect our treasure, there are people that will take it from us.  Maybe you don’t care.  Fine.  You lack the courage and conviction.  Then stand aside and don’t hinder the rest of us.

How to Destroy a Nation

I am hardly the epitome of a great person.  I have made countless bad decisions, some, oddly, on purpose.  I thought that I could circumvent the consequences.

However, I’m hardly an ogre.  To the best of my knowledge, I murdered not one.  I try to be honest.  I try not to hurt people.  I neither drink nor smoke and never did.

Enough already.  It’s not my point to brag, but I’m sure you get my point.  The fact is, I do love this country.  I spent nine years in the Marines doing my little part to keep us free.  I even spent one year in Vietnam,  pretty much terrified.

However, if I decided I wanted to destroy this country, the first thing I would do is to destroy the family structure.  Well, I guess someone beat me to it.  The concept of one father, one mother and children is about gone.  Satan, through the communists Soviets, has been very busy.  Something tells me he does not like this country or what it stands for.

First, the idea of marriage has been completely redefined.  Second, children are being reprogrammed by the public education system.  They have forced God out of our schools so that they can put things into our children’s minds that are completely foreign to the principles that this country was founded on.

Third, they have made the state the main provider of sustenance, not the father.  Hence, there is no more need for the father to remain in the home.  He serves no purpose other than, possibly abusing the wife and children, which profits Satan and the communists.  After all, children are the future of any country.

The state has made marriage and divorce fast and easy, even to the point of the “No fault” divorces.  Believe it or not, there was a time when people actually had to present a valid reason to a judge in order to get a divorce.  Indeed there are some couples who get divorces for no other reason than for tax purposes.

Then, of course there are those who don’t even bother with the marriage at all.  Who wants to make a real commitment?   It is just paper, right?

…and so it is that the true concept of the family continues to fade off into obscurity.  Most assuredly,  if it is not soon reversed, our nation will follow.  I’m not a prophet.  It doesn’t take a prophet to see the future in this case.

Then, as Nikita  Khrushchev said, the Russians will just march in and take over without firing a shot.  However, they might have to hurry.  Mexico might beat them to it.

Home Made Guns

Some have the allusion that it takes a big factory to build guns.  Yet, David Marshall Williams made a semi-automatic rifle while incarcerated in prison.  He built it in the prison machine shop.

Basically, it was the one used by hundreds of thousands of soldiers during WWII.  In some some ways, it was a better gun for war than those that were designed and built in the big factories.

I have no doubt that a good blacksmith with the proper tools can build rifles or sidearms with nothing more than a little of the right raw materials and a few good tools.

Some might want to consider that when they say we should make guns illegal.  At least the ones we have now have serial numbers and can be traced to some degree.  If people start making them in basements, we won’t know where they come from, or, for that matter, what country they come from.