Thoughts on Survival and the Threat from Within

So much of what we prepare for is external to us. For example, storms or other natural disasters, solar flares, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), the economic downturn, anarchy, martial law, or food shortages. You name it. You may be prepping for these and more.

And we should be ready to face such threats. But what about the threat from within? I’m not talking about the political party you despise or the alleged threat from domestic terrorists.

Recently David Deming wrote a commentary called “America is Gone” which originally appeared in “American thinker.” Deming is an Associate Professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.

He cites several points to prove the America we once knew is no more and won’t likely come back—all because of who and what we’ve become as people.

Deming says the upcoming elections will solve nothing. Elections only matter in the short term. When you look at the bigger picture, we’re a morally degenerate people with a self-absorbed entitlement mentality.

Deming makes a good case for evidence of our collective degeneracy by noting things such as:

* Our gluttony and obesity rule when nutritional foods are readily available.

* Shocking and offensive TV programming gives us what we want.

* Our children are not as smart as their parents and have undisciplined minds that crave entertainment and easy answers.

* Our society is intellectually and artistically bankrupt, and modern art isn’t even good enough to be bad.

* Our popular music is horrible and continues to devolve from the heights achieved in the 18th and 19th centuries.

* We escape to the Internet because it’s a key source of entertainment, games and pornography.

* We don’t want to be responsible or accountable for anything or pay the consequences of our actions.

* We’ve allowed feminism to change the marital landscape and family life for the worse.

* We celebrate homosexuality and marvel at the results, which include sexually transmitted diseases.

* We want freedom from religion, not freedom of religion.

That’s my condensation of the noteworthy observations in Deming’s article. (You can view the whole thing by clicking on its title above.) These points are by no means an exhaustive list. Volumes have been written on these and more.

In case someone thinks this is an America bashing fest, think again. Which of the above points is not true?

Deming says “Every long-term social index I am aware of is negative. The plain fact is that the American people are too morally degenerate to be capable of effective self-government.”

I would add that we get the corrupt government we deserve. The forthcoming higher taxes, higher healthcare costs and increased regulations are sure to foster an even greater atmosphere for fraud and corruption. And some of us will engage in going outside the system purely for survival.

Deming concludes his commentary by saying, “I can find no reason to be optimistic. It is only our blind vanity that lets us pretend that the United States can endure forever. Rome fell, and so will America. For all intents and purposes, it is already over.”

Those are strong words. I think it’s high time someone said them.

This is the country you and I live in now. You can get involved politically and try to turn the country around, or you can put the interests of your own household first by getting your life in order and stepping up your prepping efforts.

The first choice is a hopeless cause. The other is a cause for hope—at least for you and yours.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.