In the first part I laid out how geopolitics, Iran and the Bomb, and a nutball leader I call RatBoy play into the future mix. Add in the threat of the world moving from the dollar as the global currency of trade. Couple with that the insane deficits and national debt and the resulting loss in confidence by the world and especially Americans in our currency and financial systems, and indeed real trouble is not that far off.
In my mind the SHTF scenario is not based on racial issues, is not political and is not haves versus have nots. It is what might happen when geopolitics combines with the collapse of our faith and trust in our currency, our faith in our nation’s underpinnings and especially our leaders.
I hate to lead one down the primrose path, but I cannot fairly answer the question I posed. I posed it for the reader to consider it for themselves. What if the banks closed to stop a run on the currency? Such events have happened in this nation and the world on numerous occasions. Is one’s money worth more then “the paper it is printed on?”
I hate to break anyone’s heart, but paper money is just paper – fancy green paper. Nothing more. The only reason we accept it is because we have confidence in government when they tell us the paper is worth “X”. If the US collapsed tomorrow, would that paper be anything more then narrow green toilet paper?
I am of the firm belief, built on years of study and close observation as to what goes on now in the nation and the world, that confidence in government is at a low. And that lack of confidence is aimed at DC as well as the world’s governments. Does anyone actually not accept that the UN is a joke? Why? Lack of confidence!
For all the lofty rhetoric of world governance, it has turned out to be nothing more then a debating society that grants a bully pulpit to the non-powers of the world. I mean when Syria sits on a Human Rights council, ya know someone, somewhere dropped a couple hits of blotter if they actually accept such nonsense as well-though out decision.
My purpose in offering this is to get folks to consider some of their most deeply held beliefs. For example, how many Nazi’s went down with the ship even when the writing was on the wall? And I DO NOT mean men who fought for their nation. I mean the die hard Nazi sycophant. Even when it was clear all was lost after the Germans lost control of France and Eastern Europe, still there were hundreds of thousands of true believers who were willing to destroy Germany per Hitler’s orders.
Clearly these people DID NOT examine their deeply held beliefs. They clung to them as if there were no tomorrow, and for some of the guilty Nazis, indeed there were few tomorrows to come. Once desperation supplants common sense, all is lost. Once a belief is held so dear as to be unquestionable, all is lost.
I firmly believe there are too many Americans for whom their deeply held beliefs are unquestioned, thus flawed. I am not so comfortable in my confidence in the underpinnings of this nation to accept dicta unquestioned and unchallenged. I will not blithely accept “No worries. Everything is just fine.” If one wishes to believe that, that’s your foolish, unwise, ill-advised and ostrich-like decision. Enjoy!
When the non-secular nations get all “Crusade” like in their national rhetoric, I get a little concerned. When those same folks acquire the ability to do terrible things to those of us not in agreement with them, I grow more concerned. Knocking down 2 buildings, damaging another and killing 3000 Americans led to severe recession. Whatcha think it could lead to if an atomic weapon goes off in an American city, or anywhere for that matter?
Add in the general world upheaval and instability to the mix. Put in extremists who have a desire to go meet God and take us with them. Throw in the hamstrung United Nations. Toss in a rapidly devalued dollar, insane deficit spending, an emerging lack of confidence in the US, world markets and governments and the inability of world bodies to effect anything more then spewing rhetoric.
Get out one’s little calculator and get to ciphering. Allow me to tie all the disparate pieces together.
Confidence in the US monetary and economic system is faltering as evidenced by the world community considering taking the world off of the dollar as the currency of international commerce.
When we consider Iran and RatBoy’s pursuit of the Bomb and the rhetoric of he and the Mullahs hoping for an end of the world in the radical Muslim interpretation, what might that mean to the entire planet and societies? If attacked Iran will sink all the oil ships in the Gulf they can get to.
Keep in mind that European energy supplies move through Russian pipelines. Be cognizant that while the US has more then plentiful energy for our own self-dependence, those sources of energy are not yet on line – ya know, the Greenies don’t want us to drill or explore.
So if someone does indeed confront Iran, oil and energy become woefully scarce and pricey in the immediate short term, meaning the next five or so years. If the US dollar gets much more devalued, all of us dependent upon greenbacks will be treading in some rather deep water.
The more unstable the planet, the more unstable the nation. All of these events occurring simultaneously or in near approximation to each other will bring a new reality – a real life SHTF scenario.
So, how prepared are you for being immediately able to completely care for yourself and your family in an emergency where money is scarce and largely worthless? Wanna know what that world looks like?
Pick up a book. Go to the Internet. Google “pictures of German cities after the war,” or “pictures of Japanese cities after the war.” Tell me what ya see. Wanna know what the “winner’s” cities looked like? Google “pictures of London during the Blitz.” Try “pictures of Russia during the German invasion.” And remember, these cats were the winners. No, not world war. But upheaval and instability unprecedented in the last 100 years.
How to head this off? I thought you’d never ask . . .
First, stop the deficit spending NOW! It should have stopped long ago. Kudos to Mr. Clinton for his balanced budgets. Where are ya when we need ya Sir?
Stop monetizing the debt (the printing of money to pay debt) NOW! That only lends to massive loss of confidence and the resulting instability in the dollar. That is extremely dangerous in and of itself – add in the geopolitics, and it is pure insanity and lack of responsible leadership from BOTH PARTIES! Y’all did catch that right? BOTH PARTIES?
Deal with Iran as if our lives depended upon it, for they surely do! First, a blockade with the Sixth Fleet in the Gulf. Protect the oil cargo ships; Make sure Iran grasps that their end lies in their refusal to accept the wishes of the world.
Trouble the likes of which we have not known since the Civil War is coming if we do not mitigate it and I mean NOW! How that trouble will manifest I cannot fairly say, but I am stocking up to be prepared to feed and protect my loved ones. If all is good, I have made some wise and profitable investments – food isn’t getting cheaper folks, nor are guns and ammo.
If all is not good and that crazy pessimist Whiplash is right, well . . . I tried to tell ya, didn’t I? Remember the lessons of our parents. Our lives are ours and how those lives play out are largely dependent on our action or inaction. And remember the truism “the more complicated things are, the more interdependent they are,” and inherent in that axiom is the knowledge that complicated things have many more elements that can break, causing the whole thing to crash.
I have little confidence the industrialized world is listening and paying attention. Time will tell.