Election Brings A New Breed Of Prepper

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Yard Dart, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Hollywood and mainstream news media elitists have long smeared preppers as unreasonably paranoid right wingers whose minds are crowded with apocalyptic visions. But a growing prepper movement among American progressives is likely to challenge the stereotype.

    Just as many conservative preppers initially got interested in preparedness in response to perceived government incompetence and threats against freedom, progressives wary of the incoming Trump administration are increasingly interested in off-grid lifestyles and disaster preparedness.

    A recent article published by Vocative profiles a couple of theses liberal newcomers to the prepping lifestyle.

    From the piece:

    Colin Waugh bought a shotgun four weeks before November’s election.

    An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before. But Waugh, a 31-year-old from Independence, Missouri, couldn’t shake his fears of a Donald Trump presidency — and all of the chaos it could bring. He imagined hate crimes and violence waged by extremists emboldened by the Republican nominee’s brash, divisive rhetoric. He pictured state-sanctioned roundups of Muslims, gays, and outspoken critics.

    “I kept asking myself, ‘Do I want to live under tyranny?’” said Waugh, who supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and later backed Hillary Clinton. “The answer was absolutely not.”

    With Trump now days away from assuming the White House, Waugh’s preparing for the worst. He’s made “bug-out bags” stuffed with ammo, energy bars, and assorted survival gear for his wife and their three cats. He’s begun stowing water and browsing real estate listings in Gunnison County, Colorado, which he’s determined to be a “liberal safe-haven.” Last month, Waugh added a 9mm handgun to his arsenal.

    No matter what your political views, it’s good news that a new crop of people interested in prepping is emerging.

    Consider Waugh, the “unapologetic liberal” whose “no fan of firearms”… He now, according to the Vocative piece, owns two firearms which he sees not as the terrifying objects MSM makes them out to be but as valuable tools that could save his life should a disaster occur.

    Another obvious benefit of more progressives getting interested in the prepping lifestyle is that a growing segment of people with leftist ideas will come to appreciate the value of self-reliance in both times of struggle and in times of calm.

    For those who have been ardent preppers throughout the past eight years, meanwhile, the biggest threat is complacency.

    Though you may not find many of them on the pages of Personal Liberty®, some conservative Americans seem to have been lulled into a false sense of security following Trump’s election.

    Just as the Obama supporters of yesterday believed in the president’s “hope and change” despite all evidence to the contrary, too many Trump fans appear willing to believe America is becoming “great again” even if the nation’s condition continues to deteriorate over the next few years.

    While there’s no shame in hoping for the best from the Trump administration, true preppers will continue doing what they do best: preparing for the worst.

    That means continuing to rotate and replenish food stores, keeping gun safes well stocked and flush with ammo, keeping your offline prepper library updated, building relationships in your community that could provide beneficial in a grid-down scenario and securing your property against those who may use a disaster as an opportunity to take advantage of you or your family.

    Trump election brings a new breed of prepper - Personal Liberty®
  2. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Cool....some more allies at SM??? ;) Someone to share the weight! :ROFLMAO:
  3. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Chit...... did not think of that angle.... we really need to rethink this sitiation........:p
  4. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I do not think it is anything new. Truthfully, I see more Hillary voters as vendors at the farmers market, growing clubs etc. IMO those organic, earthy peace love people have more homesteading skills then many preppers I know.
  5. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    I'm thinking @chelloveck will have to work harder to maintain a contrarian stance from both sides. Frankly I welcome liberal preppers, it's time they learn that the donkey and elephant are the same animal. The only difference being one panders to one crowd for votes and power, and the other panders to a different group for the same reason, and neither give a damn about us
  6. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    This is all I needed to hear to know the dolt is a liar, idiot and couldn't get out of a corn maze on his own if all it was was a straight shot with no side trails and arrows pointing the way. Doesn't want to live under "tyranny" but votes for the most tyrannical and corrupt couple in American political history, a couple that makes Lenin and Stalin look like reasonable people and he thinks that is OK?!

    While 3m-TA3 has a point, keeping the stupid, lazy, degenerate, and gimme crowd alive is not a good idea. The Trump election IS bringing a new breed of prepper to our ranks, the willfully stupid, ignorant and useless. God help us all.
  7. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    The donkeys and elephants are on the same plantation.
    Most just haven't figured it out.
  8. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    If leftists become preppers, they won't be leftists for long. The very action of them becoming preppers means they've begun to place less reliance on government and more on themselves, aligning by default with more conservative beliefs.

    Interesting to note the paranoia that exists at both extremes. When it appeared that Hilary was going to walk away with the presidency, many believed that conservatives would be rounded up and placed in FEMA camps. Now it's leftists who believe the same of themselves with Trump (soon to be) in power.

    If the most likely scenario plays out, economic collapse and breakdown of rule of law, it's not going to care what your political leanings are or were. And it can happen no matter who is in the WH. The unprepared are going to do without a lot of necessities and the government won't be able to help.
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  9. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Can't we all be Libertarian Preppers?
  10. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Welcome back Legion....NObammy presidential pardon? :eek:
  11. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    BINGO! The very act of prepping IS the sign of a polar shift to what I think as a common place for all to advance! Political shift may be a good thing, I think many are seeing the truth despite the MSM and the Democraps! People ARE scared, and scared can be a good thing! I say welcome them all and let things sort them selves out in time!
  12. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    This is exactly where I was going up above. We have been tricked into stiff polarization that keeps us at each others throats and not riding herd on our representatives. Once the left seeks self reliance they will find that they are in fact conservatives.
  13. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    Not really most of those could not exist without SARE, AMS, FMPP, EQIP, NCRS, Spec Crop, Value Added, and educational Grant funding to name a few of their favorite teats to tap. 99% of the Moonbat Farms out of business within 3 years or when the next big grant doesn't come through. See it year in and year out, they read a lot of books and have all of the right answers and near Zero actual skills. They have been the running joke among us long time market owners and market vendors. We call them fly by night farmers or farmers in name only :)
  14. BlueDuck

    BlueDuck Monkey+++

    Situational awareness, just one more thing to watch out for...
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  15. GOG

    GOG Free American Monkey

    Let the paranoia flow like a river of tears. I'm over it and their bull. Darwin will out.
  16. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    Hunger and self protection from predators of all stripes will bring everybody together at the far side of the mess we are approaching on a worldwide scale. The present tags of liberal and conservative will have lost their meanings after the majority of the present population has been reduced by 50% and there will only be the living and the dead.

    I'm sure all those bright pink guns will be painted in good camo as time passes.
  17. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Up The Republic!!! I think we are all tracking here!
  18. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Just an issue with the division of labor...

    There are many on the left who have rain water collection systems to irrigate their gardens and provide an alternate source for other uses. They craft, can, and are as resourceful as any prepper with more conservative leanings. Survival has no political label...
  19. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Need new party...the libertarian party under Gary wants your guns and open borders.
    From some of the "hopeful" comments in this thread aboot liberals become more sane as they arm themselves and start thinking like preppers.....uh...
    It tells me that few of you actually know liberals very well at all IRL.

    If buying a gun and thinking aboot survival instantly made you a better person...your inner cities would be bastions of equality.
  20. yeti695

    yeti695 Monkey+

    The few farmers markets that I been to over the last couple of years in larger population was just that. I can say that most of these peace loving people really do have more homesteading skills than most preppers, me included. I'm not a homesteader by anymeans, but wouldnt mind going that way. I have talked to a few of them and they do this as a job, no other income or jobs.
    Survival does not have a political label, but I believe it will be a way to divide people if a major event happens.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2017
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