Ah, those historic, stirring first words of one of the most important documents in the course of secular human history; We The People. Written with a flourish in large, bold lettering, to establish once and for all, it is We The People who make this country what it is. We the people are also responsible for the state this country is in today. Stop. Stop right now. Your blame game thoughts betray you. It is not the Liberals, the Conservatives, the Democrats, the Republicans, the left, the right, the center, Occupy Wall Street, or the Tea Party's fault. It is our fault. We have only ourselves to blame. You may, or may not, be familiar with the parable: the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. The best of intentions, no matter how noble, altruistic, moral, high and mighty they may be, are just intentions. The result of those intentions are the true outcome of one's desires. Look at the state of the nation at this moment, and understand something: it is our fault, and only We The People can fix it. How is it our fault? Laziness, complacency, voting along party lines and following party rhetoric. Hell, sheer ignorance. These are some of the reasons why. Perhaps not individually and all at once (though I can argue rather heatedly that I know at least 3 or 4 people who suffer from them all). None the less, these small, innocuous traits when they were coupled with good intentions have resulted in the problem we have today. Overarching government, outlandish and nightmarish laws, and a voting populace that is by and far more dangerous than not to the Republic. We The People may or may not be capable of fixing this with votes and candidates that we think will do the right thing while in office. More than likely not in this case. Many years ago when I started my blog, it had a distinctive political flair, mixed in with social and religious commentary along the way. It has evolved to a "prepper" blog, a SHTF, Doomsday, 'oh crap what now?' readiness blog. Part of being ready is being aware, and the only real way to be truly aware of what is happening is to open your eyes, set aside everything you thought you knew and understood, and really look at the world with a fresh perspective. What does this have to do with "fixing" what is wrong with this nation? Quite a bit. If you think that voting for the right candidate will fix the problems, may I point out that is exactly the platform our current leader campaigned on. Hope and Change. We got a lot of change, none of it for the good, and the nation has lost hope. Now, being prepared that means being ready to do what you need (reasonably speaking) to do to survive. We The People are responsible for the survival of the Republic as much as we are responsible for the survival of our loved ones. In the words of our founders: "If ever a time should come when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country shall stand in need of it's experienced patriots to prevent it's ruin." - Samuel Adams "To compel a man to furnish money for the propagation of opinions in which he disbelieves or abhors is tyrannical." - Thomas Jefferson "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. " (emphasis mine) - Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, passed by the 53 founders of this nation at the 2nd Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dated as signed on July 4, 1776. Just consider these few quotes. Hundreds, if not thousands of quotes, papers, documents, and pamphlets (or the text thereof) exist to this day. Each and every one touches on the responsibilities We The People have toward our nation and what we may have to do to save her. As always, prepare for the worst, pray for the best. Got preps?