I was born free, and I will die free, in whatever manner comes about. In life, sometimes we have to take chances, and keep this in mind: all of us (whether readers or authors) will eventually be labeled as “undesirables” given time.
No matter! You need the information, and that is where this website comes in. I take the liberty to take a moment to speak a word of praise for my editor, boss, and owner of this site, Miss Tess Pennington, a fantastic woman not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. She took a stand by creating such a venue where you, the Readers can come and glean valuable information that can enable you to thrive in challenging times and make a difference. She created this site where you can comment and give your valued input. You, too, can take a stand if you wish to make it so. This article from me to you is part of my stand.
The other part will come just as the situation that births it…as a thief without warning and a meteorite on its course to impact…suddenly it will be time to take all of the lessons learned, all of your training, and go into action. “Execute!” as the command was given in the service.
I give you my heart, Readers, my fellow countrymen: we will eventually face a totalitarian dictatorship cracking the whip of slavery on the pretext of martial law, and/or a foreign invader on our shores. Just as in the movie with Mel Gibson “The Patriot,” these will be battles not fought in distant lands, but here…in our homes, in our towns. There are two keys to your victory to survive, and guess what? Our survival as a nation is dependent upon your survival…as an individual!
To Survive, You Must Possess Two Qualities
There are two keys: resolve, and patience. Remember the last article? I mentioned the 6 rules to survival, and if you have already read it, I encourage you to refresh yourself on them continuously. Remember what I led the list off with:
You must do things that others do not do, and you must not do what others do.
There will be times to run and hide. There will also be times you will have to stand and fight. I highly encourage all of you to develop teams and train accordingly. Link up with your veterans and learn how to form cohesive teams and basic tactics. Let’s go over some situational basics, and cover resolve.
- Your house has just gone up in flames and your parents were rounded up and stuffed into a panel van. You’re a 20-year-old college student, and you’re now alone.
- The knocks at the door at 3:00 am “morphed” into a battering ram, and your front door just went down, Dad. Your wife and two kids are up, and it appears there’s no one at the back door…crossing the lawn will take you right into the woods.
- The “peacekeepers” are combing your office building on the bottom floors…your office is on the fifth floor. You’re a young medical transcriptionist, a pretty, 25-year-old girl, and as you watch from your office window, many of your coworkers are being led away from the building at gunpoint by the peacekeepers…led away in handcuffs to the waiting unmarked panel vans and trucks.
What do all of these people have in common? They are “us,” American citizens, that are faced with a sudden life-changing (and if not wise, life-ending) event: a totalitarian dictatorship in its inception, followed by round-ups of “dissident” citizenry.
The Importance of Resolve
Resolve: firmness of purpose; determination; decisiveness.
You must find the resolve to act and take a personal stand…to not go gently into that good night! With each of these scenarios, now is the time. The college student needs to escape and evade the roundup. The Dad needs to take decisive action…cut his losses if he’s not prepared to fight the home invasion…and take his family out into the woods…with nothing but their lives, if necessary. The young lady needs to find a way to go to the stairs…or a utility elevator…and go, at the moment.
You also need resolve to continue your fight and/or flight in relation to these oppressors.
Resolve will keep you going…that grim determination that enables you to do one more repetition on the bench press…run that last lap as fast as you can…study the chapter one more time before the exam tomorrow…carry your wounded buddy when you’re exhausted just one more step, and then just one more, and one more…
Resolve. You can forge that resolve in your mind now. It is better to do it now than when the actual situation arises.
You’ll need everything…everything you’ve ever learned, every skill you’ve ever developed, every little piece of knowledge and training that you have amassed throughout your lifetime. You must resolve yourself to use them, to employ them. You must resolve yourself to hide from oppressors…to live in the woods and in the hills…to forego all creature comforts and those basics (such as running water, heat, and electricity) we take for granted. You must have the resolve to stay free and to help others to stay free.
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Patience is a Virtue
Next, you must have patience. When it occurs, it is not the same as a hurricane…over in a day, with the effects unbearable for days and perhaps months to clean up. You will face a situation that may last for years, or for an even longer, indefinite period of time.
Study to show yourself approved, a workman worthy of his craft. Where should you study? In your library. If you want a good source to show you both patience and resolve being practiced in this context, you must research works such as the personal experiences of civilians and soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The Founding Fathers endured years of privation and deprivation, and the majority of them lost everything they owned, many losing their lives, in the pursuit of freedom.
Can we aspire to less? You must have the patience to endure years in such a setting. These two keys are the basics that you need to be able to start making your stand. You must have both of them. There are times you will have to put on a burst of speed, as a sprinter in this struggle, and there are times you must be the same as a marathon runner, running the distance on a long race where (at the outset) there is no visible finish line. We are halfway through this race, Readers, and Part 2 will be coming shortly to bring you to the finish line of this series. Until then, do the best that you can in all things, and stay safe.
It is a Friday evening, and you’re on your way home from work. Your son and daughter are making dinner for you, and you’re looking forward to the weekend. You have about three more miles to go to reach your house in a middle-class suburban neighborhood. Suddenly your Lexus goes dead and starts to coast on the road to a stop, just as you look out your passenger-side window: it appears to be a star, but very near, with a type of “halo” around it up above. The star flickers out, and all of the street lights, the lights in the homes, the businesses, and cars nearby flicker out. You realize two things: you’ve been hit by an EMP, and the dinner plans for tonight with the family will probably be postponed indefinitely.
That is how quickly it will happen when it happens. Self-assessment and situational awareness are your first priorities. Quickly! Let’s run through it. Is your “go” bag in your vehicle, with enough food for three days, water for one day, a weapon, ammo, extra clothing, and all of the things we covered in previous articles? Quickly! Do you have good hiking boots? Change into them now: you’re walking, because the Lexus just became a two-ton paperweight. Commo? Did you pack a Yaesu hand-held shortwave in Mylar layers and material to shield it from the EMP, or Motorola’s?
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Better get moving. “Red Dawn” just started…in the “open-air” theatre…and you’re in it. Do you see how critical it is to have all of this stuff done yesterday? Hope the kids know and rehearsed the drills…hope there is a plan of initial contact, when the event occurs. It’s dark, with a modicum of light on the horizon…. but you see a tremendous multitude of planes coming in from the west, and what looks to be popcorn dropping from the sky. Nope: they’re parachutes, because the airborne operation is taking place, just at the turn from dusk to nightfall.
Refer to the previous articles on staying out of FEMA camps as well as the one on the 6 Rules for Survival to refresh on basics. School’s out, here, and the occupation has begun.
You know the situation in the world. The Russians and the Chinese do not play softball, and they are on a war footing at all times. The invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 followed after Soviet doctrine (and the military doctrine of then is currently in use by Russia now), as such:
“The strategic offensive has one alternative form. This is sometimes known as a “Friday evening” offensive…. The operation therefore begins…. with a surprise attack by a group of Fronts against one or more countries…this operation caught the Czechs off guard – profiting by the Friday evening relaxation…after a working week.”
Such a Friday attack, as can be seen here, isn’t coincidence: it’s doctrine, and it’s intelligent doctrine. Such was the venue for the remake of the “Red Dawn” film with the EMP accomplished right after the Friday football game.
What Do You Do?
Now what do you do? You go home, as quickly as possible. You will have 24-48 hours of total confusion and chaos. Hopefully you do not live in an area that is a nuclear target. Hopefully you have at the ready a good supply of cash, precious metals, food, and supplies in the home and the means to take them somewhere and get out of dodge.
JJ’s scenario preference is the invasion by the foreign power over that of the totalitarian government. The reason: a war of the totalitarians versus the people is a war of attrition that only weakens the nation overall and still leaves it ripe for conquest by a foreign power while it is in the throes of weakness. With the invasion, you will know on sight who the enemies are and that you must engage them.
Engagement: to oppose, combat, harass, or interdict an enemy or opponent. The mission of the U.S. Army Infantry is simple: to close with the enemy and destroy him. Canning season is over, and that greenhouse project you planned on finishing in the Spring may have to wait indefinitely. Congratulations! You just stepped into the shoes of the Founding Fathers! Now comes the time to “water the Tree of Liberty,” and Jefferson’s words will have to be kept in mind as you put into practice the words of Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, and Rogers’ Rangers.
Are you trained up? Are you a part of a small group, or are you keeping it in the family? I hope you studied those infantry tactics and small unit tactics mentioned in other articles. You need to be fully trained up on first aid, communications, and you should be in possession of a smattering of whatever language the foreign invader speaks.
There are three big differences between a foreign invader and a totalitarian dictatorship. Firstly, the latter is already here in the U.S. and almost “omnipresent” regarding all 50 states. Secondly, their supplies are here, and resupply is readily available. Third, the culture and language is not alien to the dictatorship: they have an “edge” regarding the control and understanding of their citizenry.
Under the dictatorship, all commerce will either halt completely or be completely nationalized (remember that EO that Obama signed, the Defense Preparedness Ready Resources Initiative, nationalizing everything, including human labor under his “czars,” his cabinet in time of national emergency). Under the dictatorship all movement by the citizens will be monitored and controlled: some form of internal passport will emerge. Under the dictatorship, all Constitutional rights will be abrogated and relegated to the pages of history.
Better learn about this stuff while there’s still time. Here’s a great work that will elucidate many things for you: “Government by Emergency,” by Dr. Gary North, Ph.D., American Bureau of Economic Research, Ft. Worth, TX, 1991. It has it all: bartering and “black marketing,” evasion, breakdown of controls over the economy, collapse of the banks, depression, and tyranny.
How about when MRAP’s and armored assault vehicles cruise down Main Street into Happyville? How will you deal with them? Here’s another great work for you: “The Bridge at Andau,” by James A. Michener, 1957 (no Card Catalog Number or ISBN: sorry! It’s out of print, but you can find it on Amazon.com if you look it up). It is the true story of the Hungarian Revolution against the U.S.S.R. of October 23, 1957, and the civilian resistance before the Soviets crushed them.
Guerilla warfare is what this is, whether against a foreign invader or a totalitarian dictatorship. This will take years to fix with a high price and no guarantee of victory. Remember those two keys I gave to you last week? Resolve and patience. It is the only way.
Subjects for your personal study and research:
- Black marketing/underground economies (read of occupied nations under the Third Reich during WWII)
- Infantry and guerilla tactics (Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, and US DOD publications)
- Special Forces manuals and literature (how to form teams, train them, and how to conduct unconventional/guerilla warfare).
- There are other disciplines to study to help you in your “schooling,” that you can imagine but will not be mentioned here in this article, regarding firearms and tactics and their ilk. Use your imagination.
Keep up the study, the prepping, and an eye out for more to come. JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
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