Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Back to the Good Ole Days....

Yup - you read it right - thats where I think this is heading....

Pearls, you say, I usually think you are brilliant, but you have dropped the ball on this one....

I understand - but follow me here, and stay close because this rabbit hole is long and dark ;)

Anyway - taxes, health care, education, food, fuel....opression....the Government is about to tip its hand and over stretch. They already have. They have spent every last dime for a couple generations....You cant get blood out of a turnip, they can try, but they just cant....

How are we going to live, Pearls?

We live local. Yup - we will go local. People will begin to buy local - barter - trade....

People will grow their own food. Its quality and control left in local hands will actually ensure a healthier product and a more accountable grower. Integrity will be restored to a noble profession when the farmer is held in such high esteem for feeding his neighbors and local schools. Here in OK, local farmers have started supporting local schools which does wonders for kids and gives the farmer another outlet for their product.

Speaking of schools - have you heard that the Homeschool movement isnt so much a movement anymore as mainstream? Yup - in certain circles I run in, my kids are the exception - and not because they are in Private School as opposed to Government Schools, but because they are IN school period and not home with me (and thats not to say, I would be opposed to it or it may not happen soon....)

People will make their own fuel to an extent - more local power company co-ops - people using solar power to supplement the grid, sell it back or just to leave the grid entirely. People using biofuels to power homes partly through generators, fuel their cars or their equipment.

I even predict that they will deal more directly with their local doctor. They may have "insurance" for the big things - but for little stuff, just pay out of pocket. I cant believe that the AMA is happy about this "Universal Healthcare" thing. I dont think I could fill 1 hand with doctors that take Medicare here in this town. No one wants to deal with them.... I for one, will NEVER agree to put my records in the care of the Government or one of their minions....

I dont think any one person will be able to provide for all their needs, but local communities will learn how to go back to the way it used to be when a thankful person paid the local doctor with eggs and fresh chicken or even a side of beef. When a rancher with a small/portable saw mill provided his local grocer with enough wood to heat his house for the winter in exchange for certain groceries. When I figure out what You need that I can provide and what You provide that I need....

When the Government becomes so oppressive, communities and hopefully, ultimately, States will remove the Government from the equation - guess the in vogue term is "Going Underground".

And if going underground means the return of a Man's Word and the Handshake deal - I am all for it...

Up yours Mr. Government....

8 comments:

Staying Alive said...

Kudos for not going into the federal database. Don't be such a down home conservative. Learn to hate them too!

Michael

The Hermit said...

We homeschooled both of ours. Never regretted it.

My family is already as detached from the hive as we can get, but it's hard to escape the krakens tentacles completely.

MeadowLark said...

I live in the "high desert". Let's just say that I'm trying to figure out what I can bring to the table.

I have a garden, but without city water? Screwed. We're talking 12 inches of rain PER YEAR. 72 growing days. Occasional summer frosts.

Thoughts? (don't say move. husband will stick with this job until it forces him out or the city goes bankrupt)

The Other Mike S. said...

I think a lot depends upon how the nationalization trend goes. If it goes Soviet-style, where .GOV runs everything, individualism and self-sufficiency are frowned upon - you'll be forced at the point of a spear to share what you have.

One of the ten planks of the Commie Manifesto is the nationalization of all farms. Keeping those resources local may not be an option, as a central government loses power if it allows that to happen.

It doesn't work, of course, as was seen in the Soviet Union. The 'Going Underground Crowd' (aka the Black Market) prospers because Nanny simply cannot live up to its promises.

If our FedGov just goes broke, and devolves back into what it is allowed to do Constitutionally, what you discuss would work wonderfully.

I just don't know which way the scale is going to tip...

Anonymous said...

I love this post, because I am just getting involved with Oklahoma's "State of Creativity" project, which essentially gets Oklahomans connected to other Oklahomans and promotea the idea of helping out one another...
What do you need that I can provide and what can you provide that I need....
check it out.

www.stateofcreativity.com
(the website is having issues with iternet explorer, but should be fixed by tomorrow)

Mayberry said...

I'm kinda with Mike on this one.... Besides, what you propose takes too many fingers out of the pie, both gub'mint and corporate. They won't stand for it.... Maybe if the collapse takes them all out, we could get away with such arrangements, but I'm not holdin' my breath. The enemy is VERY resourceful......

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

MeadowLark - sorry, you are just screwed ;)

Are you able to have your own well where you are and go off the city water? If so, I would say you could make do where you are with container gardens or raised beds...

I tend to disagree with an all out land grab by the government. It was an easier "sell" in Russia as they were out of a Serf/Csar/Soviet system.

The US isnt cut from that same cloth. No matter how stupid the sheeple are, the second the Government comes for their land, will be when they rise up.

I may be wrong - I pray every night Im not, but we may go Socialist, but I just cant see Communist...

MeadowLark said...

They had to blast to put in a sewer line. Got a little granite issue around here :) So the answer is NO.

I'm going to have to rely on crime, that's the only answer. Sigh....