Advice for this weekend’s ShieldWall Network campout.

The Roper Report

Hot Weather Camping

From here.

Hot weather camping is a favorite for many people. One reason it’s their favorite type of camping is they know how to do it. Hot weather camping isn’t something that should be done on the spur of the moment. It takes a lot of planning and preparation. Here are some things that you should know, and things you should do, when camping in hot weather.

  1. Understand that sweating is how your body cools off. If you are in an area that is very humid, your skin may have a tough time cooling down because the moisture doesn’t evaporate easily. To encourage evaporation move around and try to camp in the breeziest areas you can find.
  2. You will need to replace the water you lose through perspiration. Drink enough water to keep your urine light colored or clear. If your urine is dark, your body needs…

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The Shura


shura_2Shura: (shūrā) is an Arabic word for ‘consultation’. It is a gathering of Leaders among a Tribe or Group which contemplates an issue, agrees upon a solution, and rallies their groups towards that goal. The agreement reached provides the community’s consent to action, recognizing the authority of the community and accepting the burden of consequence.

Despite the few of you out there scratching your heads, this concept is not at all foreign to the West- gatherings to resolve issues based upon common, recognized places at that table, is fairly commonplace. We do it everyday informally and formally- humans are social creatures by nature and react with hostility to accepted norms being violated.

Therefor it is not without too much effort we can extend such a concept to our defensive postures. For Survivalists, Preppers, Militia-types or just those with a broad concern of the condition of things, and for that…

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Who says organization, says oligarchy 

The Virginia Freeman's Society

 The democratic currents of history resemble successive waves. They break ever on the same shoal…When democracies have gained a certain stage of development, they undergo a gradual transformation, adopting the aristocratic spirit, and in many cases also the aristocratic forms, against which at the outset they struggled so fiercely. Now new accusers arise to denounce the traitors; after an era of glorious combats and of inglorious power, they end by fusing with the old dominant class; whereupon once more they are in their turn attacked by fresh opponents who appeal to the name of democracy. It is probable that this cruel game will continue without end. – Robert Michels

The right for decades has been content to chase the idea of democracy, never questioning that sacred premise of universal suffrage. The original concept restricted suffrage to property owners, given the fact that the income tax had not been enacted and…

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Tyranny Is Coming

The recurring Game of Thrones’ mantra is  “Winter is coming”. In our country, tyranny is coming. But more specifically, tyranny is here. Whether it is called soft tyranny or tyranny depends on the individual. The patriot who stands up for the foundation of our nation, has Sacred honor and is willing to sacrifice everything for future generations understands that there are no degrees to tyranny. Like slavery, tyranny is an all or nothing concept. You cannot be a slave for an hour a day. Any portion of your life that is taken without consent is slavery. Any portion of your life, liberty or property that is taken with consent is tyranny.

Tyranny and its consequences are easily seen in the United States. The tenets of tyranny throughout history have not changed:

  1. The government oversteps its legal authority.
  2. Propaganda censors the truth.
  3. Justice is divided into tiers.
  4. Indoctrination is introduced into the educational system.
  5. Religion is suppressed or coerced by the state.
  6. Taxation and regulations are used to make two classes: workers and looters.
  7. Opposition to illegal acts by the government is classified as sedition.
  8. Reporting illegal acts by the government is classified as treason.
  9. Medical care is rationed.
  10. The right to private property is abolished over time.

If you cannot list tangible examples from the above list, you are not paying attention. As the Germans found out:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller

You can see the parallels today as different groups are targeted by the media and government. Remember Rule 13 from “Rules for Radicals”:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

This targeting is done at all levels and people have found it to be a useful tool to gain personal power. Truth and honor have been replaced by ignorance and treachery. Where is the virtue that is the bedrock for the Republic? Where are the patriots who will not cower for fear of a label?

Winter is coming for the Republic unless we are willing to fight for the Great Experiment. I believe it is too late: apathy has become dependence.

Bondage is coming. May your chains rest lightly on your shoulders.

David DeGerolamo