Enemy at the gates: Preparing for a Hillary Clinton presidency
As a nation we are facing what I am finding to be one of the least-hopeful presidential elections of my lifetime. We are facing the reality that we may see Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Yep… Hillary Clinton.
This is a dangerous possibility, and poses a great threat to the preparedness-minded citizen. Some of the key issues that will probably pose an issue to you as a prepper include:
- The 2nd Amendment
- Personal income
- Energy and the environment
- The economy
Ladies and Gentlemen: The 45th U.S. Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, on the issues, and what you can do to continue to prepare in the face of Hillary’s third term in office…
Issue: A Hillary Clinton presidency will continue to push a control agenda on the 2nd Amendment by making gun ownership harder:
- Attempting to increase the number of gun sales subject to background checks.
- Ensuring the safety of communities is placed above the profits of the gun lobby.
- Fighting to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals and the severely mentally ill. (Notice you didn’t see drug cartels listed specifically!)
Hillary Clinton has a ridiculous track record on gun control. She’ll flip and flop more than a fish out of water when it suits her. As an example, her campaign website states,
Closing the “Charleston Loophole.” Hillary will push Congress to close the loophole that allows a gun sale to proceed without a completed background check if that check has not been completed within three days. This loophole allowed the alleged Charleston shooter to purchase a gun even though he had a criminal record.
Let’s see how this compares to what she had to say 20 years ago about background checks. In Clinton’s 1996 book, It Takes a Village, she outlines that,
The Brady Bill, which my husband signed into law in 1995, imposes a 5-day waiting period for gun purchases, time enough for authorities to check out a buyer’s record (emphasis mine).
First of all, there is no freaking wait period in South Carolina. The “Charleston Loophole” is the result of the federal government!
The Federal Bureau of Investigation uses the National Instant Criminal Background Check Systems, known as NICS, to approve or disapprove firearm purchases. This is a requirement in all 50 states and, ironically, was mandated by the Brady Bill, and launched by the FBI in 1998, in full compliance with the Brady Bill.
Back to South Carolina…
The “loophole” in question is not a loophole at all. The sale of a firearm to Dylann Roof, the attacker on June 17, 2015 at a historically black church in Charleston that killed 9, was completely legal. The federal government failed to do their part.
According to the FBI, if there is a delay mandated by a NICS check, the Federal Firearm License holder (seller) is not allowed to transfer the firearm for five days. (See quote above… “5-day waiting period for gun purchases, time enough for authorities to check out a buyer’s record.”). If for some reason there is no response from the FBI in three days following the five day window (which is, “time enough for authorities to check out a buyer’s record”), then a seller can transfer the firearm.
So now we are to believe that the federal government will follow new law, when they did not do their part before, and thus created the “Charleston Loophole” as a result of their incompetence?
Solution: If Clinton is on track to potentially become our next liar-in-chief, then steps should be taken to secure firearms and firearm-related items (ammunition, replacement parts, etc.) before they are not available.
As much as I hate to see it continue to happen, I anticipate another run on guns and ammunition if Hillary Clinton is elected (or even if she just becomes the candidate for the Democrats). To avoid the fallout from a buying frenzy, it is best to take a look at your current supply of firearms and ammunition and plug any gaps now.
Prioritize purchases based on what you don’t have (Clinton plans to target “military-style assault weapons” specifically), what you use most and what you need more of.
If you currently do not own any firearms, it might be something to consider getting now.
If you are not sure where to start, ask a friend or family member to help you out. If that is not an option, go to your local gun shop, they will be happy to help you out. Consider what I call the survival three-gun combo (.22 Rifle, 12 Gauge Shotgun and Semi-Auto Pistol) if making your first purchases. When purchasing multiples, i.e. two semi-auto pistols, consider standardizing the caliber of these pistols; this makes it easier to store ammunition, etc.
Psst… gun control doesn’t work on criminals, Mrs. Clinton.
My question is, who feels like our national security is taken seriously anyway? Our military has been sent off overseas and we are working to thin them out some more anyway. The feds sold guns to drug cartels. The Border Patrol has had their hands tied and told to leave illegal immigrants to their own free will.
We are not in great shape at all (and it continues to worsen), but we also continue to lose our personal liberty and individual rights as each day passes by. How many terrorists has the Transportation Security Administration actually managed to stop? Oh yeah, zero. But that won’t keep you from getting a cavity search when you are on the way to visit your ailing relatives!
Issue: There are several issues that Clinton would like to take action on that directly, or indirectly, impact all of our security. My primary concerns revolve around criminal justice reform. I will admit there is room for improvement.
Clinton desires to reform the criminal justice system by:
- Reforming mandatory minimum sentencing — I can only reason that if sentences are reduced, there will be more criminals on the street, and there will be greater potential for repeat offenders. I know that this is only about “non-violent offenders” but some of those who are labeled as such are anything but non-violent.
Look at the recent case at the end of March where President Obama commuted the sentences of 61 drug offenders, even though some of them incurred weapons charges at the same time. If a drug dealer is carrying a gun (assumingly to use on another person if the need is determined), does that make them non-violent? Even if the firearm was not used, they were prepared to commit a violent crime.
- Ending private prisons — I can’t say that I don’t agree with part of this. I don’t think that running a prison should be entrusted to a private corporation, but the fact of the matter is that when a move is made to close private prisons and immigrant detention centers, there will be more criminals on the street.
Mo’ criminals, mo’ problems.
Another example is Clinton’s desire to address the “unacceptable increase in incarceration.” Umm… your husband just admitted that over-incarceration in the United States stems in part from policies that were passed under his administration. Don’t forget, Mrs. Clinton, that you were the one standing behind your husband and calling for tougher prison sentences and “more prisons.” Stammering and backtracking in 3… 2… 1…
I will not even expound upon the fact that Clinton is also trying to make it easier for criminals and terrorists into our country and that she would like to make it possible for those who are already here illegally to gain citizenship.
I can see something like, here you go. You penetrated our borders and threatened something that we hold near and dear to our hearts, our national security. For your hard work, including the fact that you helped import goods for sale in the U.S. in your rectum, we would like to present you full citizenship, and everything that goes along with it, for your dedication and hard work. By the way, would you like for your kids to go to college for free?
Solution: First and foremost, you need to create a list of credible security threats in your area. Is it immigrants from Syria? Are there gangs in the area? Does your neighbor know that you have food and supplies stored up in your house?
Taking action on the 2nd Amendment solution will be paramount. It will also be wise to take a look at security systems for your home and property, create a plan to deal with threats to your security (including areas to avoid) and look at areas of your home/property that can be fortified if needed.
A family plan is essential for those with family. You will need to establish where meetup points will be. You can benefit from creating some sort of decision algorithm that outlines appropriate wait times at a meetup point and what to do if you have to continue on without the family intact, etc.
Don’t underestimate what someone will do to ensure their own security. Always be ready to stand up for what is yours.
Issue: Clinton wants to ensure that we spend more tax dollars to provide additional opportunities for those who don’t have any. (Is it that opportunities are not there, or that the government is already paying them to do nothing?)
More money for healthcare.
Free college! “Students should never have to borrow to pay for tuition, books, and fees to attend a four-year public college in their state under the New College Compact. Pell Grants are not included in the calculation of no-debt-tuition, so Pell recipients will be able to use their grants fully for living expenses. Students at community college will receive free tuition.”
Big bucks set aside for social security and medicare.
Part of Clinton’s plan is to make a high-quality education a priority for every child in America. While that will cost more money, I am wondering what is happening now? Are our children getting a lesser quality education because it is not a “high priority?”
Dollars dedicated to increasing opportunities for minorities, women and those who don’t ever care to take advantage of any of these programs unless you pay them to be a part of it.
Money for more infrastructure, including high speed internet at an affordable price because, “high-speed internet access is not a luxury; it is a necessity for equal opportunity and social mobility in a 21st-century economy.” We now have the right to free or reduced internet access!
Clinton wants to give working families a raise and tax relief that helps them manage rising costs. Where is that money coming from?
All I see is dollar signs and they are not going back into my pocket.
Solution: With more taxes comes less income. Now is a great time to look at what talents you have that could be put to work to provide an additional income stream into your home. There are some fantastic ideas out there about starting a business to finance your survival but I would focus on something that requires a skill that is regularly needed like a mechanic or handyman. These jobs cannot be sent overseas, making them very viable options. Always remember that people will pay a premium price for premium products. Don’t sell yourself short.
Energy and the environment
Issue: Of course there is concern about the environment, polar bears, etc. With the push to create cleaner energy, cut pollution and reduce energy waste, I think it is possible that we will see additional restrictions, or just plain making them illegal, when it comes to certain products that work against these goals. Vehicles, stoves and fuel availability are three areas where I see potential changes coming with a Clinton presidency.
On the other hand, Clinton’s goal is to have 500 million solar panels installed in America before the end of her first term.
Solution: I think that now is the time to store some additional car parts. With so many states doing inspections and testing on vehicles, I think that these tests will become harder to pass, and therefore causing the population to conform by getting a “cleaner” vehicle.
I am not sure what the availability of certain fuels may look like as we proceed forward. If it is identified that certain fuels are more of a problem then efforts will be made to make them scarcer until they just plain disappear. Inventory your equipment and make plans to store a solid supply of appropriate fuels if the time comes and you are able to.
A big item that is already being scrutinized are wood burning stoves. This will have a big impact on the self-sustaining, homesteading, etc. communities. If you have any plans to obtain or expand your homestead or replace a stove that is near the end of its life, it might be worthwhile to look at getting a new wood burning stove before they become even more regulated.
In the case of solar panels, I predict additional rebates and tax credits on solar energy options. If this comes to be true, jump on the bandwagon ASAP and take advantage of an upgrade to solar at a reduced price. There is no telling what incentives might become available but there is a good chance that, with such a lofty goal, something will be created to incentivize Americans to introduce solar energy into their lives.
It is definitely a little scary to look at the available, and realistic, options that are out there. It is also easy to see how potential changes have an impact on being prepared. Taking the steps to be self-sufficient are not always difficult themselves, but when you have a government that is not working for the people, these tasks become infinitely more difficult. I will close with this excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:
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 to 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.
— Tom Miller