At the 2017 Preparedness Conference, I gave my usual end of conference/locker room pep talk, this time entitled "Is 2017 The Year Of The Prepper?" Admittedly, I started working on it in the fall, believing that Sec. Hillary Clinton would likely win the presidential election. That win, I estimated, would cause more people on the political right to get involved in preparedness.
One thing you learn when training to be better prepared is to count on things not going as planned. Donald Trump's election has caused a number of ripple effects - if not outright waves - in the business sectors that cater to preppers. These include:
I don't normally cite to World Net Daily in my blog, but there's an interesting debate being fostered there about preparedness in the post-Trump election. Patrice Lewis opines that people should not let their guard down (I agree) because "Trump's election has done nothing but purchased us a bit more time" (with which I disagree, discussed infra). Pat McLene, on the other hand, argues things are much worse than they seem and that Trump's election may actually accelerate the United States towards times of unrest and discord.
I would offer the following observations.
Find what motivates you to become better prepared, use that to get you to where you need to be, and then help others do the same.
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