Nice to be back on the podcast airwaves after a voice-destroying bout with The Crud.
Meanwhile, the next round of skirmishes are well underway in the rapidly-warming Cold Civil War.
(Yeah, I know, in the last show I said we should ignore what's happening in Washington, but sometimes I just can't help myself.)
Just so it has a handy name, let's call the fight against the noisy opening of Trump's presidency as "The War on Trump".
How is this war shaping up? Trump is pushing his agenda, with a misstep here and there, but mostly moving forward at battle speed, with all guns blazing.
Trump's opposition appeared routed at first, but it's gathering itself and is now executing a coherent, though not necessarily winning strategy. What is it? And how have the last couple of weeks resembled the Battle of Dunkirk in World War 2 (pictured)?
Good thing there's nothing at stake, right?
Somewhere in the middle of all the action, I take a detour into the two ideological sides of the fight between what most call the Left and the Right. I call them the Voluntarists and the Compellions. Maybe not as simple, but more descriptive, as explained in the show.
Cato the Elder, when addressing the Senate of ancient Rome, often used the phrase, "Carthago delenda est," or "Carthage must be destroyed." He and others of his time were getting a little tired of defeating the armies of Carthage on the battlefield, only to have them rebuild and attack over and over again.
Our Carthage is Washington, home to a relatively tiny cadre of elites who believe it is their job to control the lives of hundreds of millions of people they've never met and know next to nothing about.
Trump promises to "drain the swamp" in Washington, but between you and me, I have my doubts how successful he will be. My personal preference would be for the place to be vaporized by thermonuclear weapons, the rubble scattered by a thousand bulldozers, and the soil sown with a million tons of salt. Obviously that's not going to happen.
What can we do, as individuals, to neutralize the outsize and negative effect that Washington has on our lives? I cover a few practical suggestions in this podcast. Something to tide us over until the Sweet Meteor of Death or some other calamity strikes the swells infesting the Imperial City.
I didn't think it would happen. Not that Trump winning was unthinkable, just that all the experts had Hillary winning easily. Right up to the moment when she lost.
What can we reasonably expect to happen next? Will President Trump:
Build the wall?
Deport illegal aliens?
Deny federal funds to sanctuary cities?
Appoint conservative judges?
Undo the Iran agreement?
More importantly right now, will Trump's election-night victory stand, or will he fall victim to "faithless electors" in the Electoral College? Will his victory hold up under recounts in Wisconsin and other states? And even if he prevails, will his presidency be rendered illegitimate nevertheless in the eyes of many?
Most importantly, will a President Trump stop the runaway train from flying off the tracks? Should you stop prepping?
Ok, the government is ridiculously corrupt and getting worse, especially the Feds (but not just them).
You don't want to support the government with your tax dollars. In fact, you'd rather it would just go ahead and crash, or at least become so preoccupied with other matters that it leaves you alone. But that promises to take quite a while....
In the meantime, is there any way you could escape the petty (and not so petty) tyrannies of today's corrupt government by trading off grid? Not just trading an old lawnmower for your neighbor's guitar, but your whole livelihood, and for everything you and your family need?
Is that even possible? What are the risks? What are the limitations? What circumstances could come about that make it feasible? And what would you use for money?
That's what we talk about on this podcast: Trading off the government grid. C'mon...you know you want to!
Continuing the last show's review of status and lessons learned here at Liberty Ridge, three years in:
Chickens--coops, runs, fencing, gates, egg production, regular chores, raising chicks, approaches for providing fresh water (including in freezing temperatures), managing the poop, bedding material, automatic coop doors, predators, lost chickens, and (finally) chickens will eat anything, so be careful what you feed them.
Weeds--a surprising problem on the homestead, how we handled them (and will handle them in the future).
Tractors--size/power, attachments, problems, safety (tractors can be dangerous)
Propane--homestead fuel of choice
Throw in a couple updates from Ol' Remus and Kurt Schlicter, and it all makes for a pretty nice show. Give it a listen!
Pictured: A single day's egg production from earlier this year. The brown eggs are from our Cinnamon Queens. The blues come from our Easter Eggers.
Mixed episode this time, starting with the latest pratfalls from Camp Pain 2016, also known as Americas Distraction 2016, to wit:
Hillary for Hospice
Clinton attacks Alt-Right, thereby promoting it
FBI = Fully Bedded In (with Clinton and other Lefties)
Deplorable Me (Hillary is the Basket Case)
The balance of this episode switches to much more agreeable topics (for me)--an update on life on Liberty Ridge, as we recently crossed the three-year mark. We've learned a lot of lessons about setting up a new homestead, and there's no better time than the approaching doom of the election (which is more of an extinction-level event if you ask me) to relate them in The Shrugging Out Podcast. Gardens and Chickens and Weeds, oh my.
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