Patriot Express News Letter Edition #36
It is a great Saturday indeed.
Ms. Lucy and I thank you for your continued support and taking your valuable time to read the website and communicate directly.
Ms. Lucy and I want to wish you and your family a very healthy and blessed Christmas season. If you are with family or alone, our prayers are for a joyous, safe, and meaning field season. It has been a tough year for many and continues to challenge others with family issues, health and financial matters. Keep the faith my Patriot Brothers and Sisters. As a highly respected former pastor of mine used to say, "when you look out and see nothing but pain and suffering, simply look up to find the answer you need and search for."
I don't know about you, but I'm excited. We are about 72 hours till Christmas eve. We enjoy the lights and music of the season. Here in North Alabama we have a lot of events to choose from. We prefer music type events such as the annual Tuba Christmas, or the city Brass Band playing Christmas tunes. I love the ring-a-ling-ling of the bells coming from the volunteer manning the Salvation Army collection points walking in and out of stores. This is a great organization by the way. Ms. Lucy and I try to attend all the musical events our church provides to the community. The youth choir in Hanging of the Greens and the adult performance in the Winterlude where the stage has four baby grand pianos supported by a Little Brass Band which is sort of like a Big Band back in the day. It is amazing to hear the beauty of the pianos being played at one time. Afterwards we enjoy cookies of all types and hot chocolate if desired. It was nice to escape the world and chat with friends as we ended the weekend and refocused towards the week.
IMPORTANT DATE - January 20, 2020. From The Virginia Citizens Defense League - https://vcdl.org/ - If you are in or near VA and want to consider participating in a peaceful rally, there will be a state rally on the steps of the VA State Capitol. The VCDL is chartering busses from different regions of the state. This is an important date that many eyes of non-Virginians will be monitoring.
Head Scratcher of the Week - Did you know the US Defense Industry gives more campaign financial support to Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders than any other candidate, to include the current President, Donald Trump. https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/bernie-gets-more-cash-from-war-inc-than-any-2020-candidate/
Citizen Vigilance is a Must - I wanted to share these words with all of you regarding the Constitution, Citizens Rights, and Rogue Red Flag Laws. These are recent words by Black Robe Regiment Pastor and Former Presidential Candidate Chuck Baldwin. If you have paid attention to the links on the blog page at Home For Survival you may have noticed a link to Pastor Baldwin's messages. I believe his statement below requires all of our eyes and minds to hear and think about.
“I know I am speaking for tens of thousands of my fellow Montanans and tens of millions of my fellow Americans when I say what I’m about to say. ‘Red flag’ gun confiscation laws violate every principle of liberty upon which our country was founded. There is no due process associated with “red flag” laws. A judge’s order to seize the firearms from an American citizen who has not been accused of a crime, charged with a crime, convicted of a crime—or who never even threatened to commit a crime—based on the accusation of a single individual is anything but due process. Our accuser could be a disgruntled employee, a bitter ex-spouse or relative, a vengeful neighbor, an anti-gun liberal or even an anti-gun policeman. By definition, “red flag” laws use mere suspicion of what one “might” do as justification to seize a person’s firearms. Tactics such as these have been used in virtually every despotic regime of history. In the name of protecting society, the rights and liberties of individuals were denied. Eventually, these repressive governments included political or religious persuasion as triggering “red flags,” which led to their disarmament—all in the name of public safety, of course. You know as well as I do that when the rights of one American are abridged, the rights of all Americans are abridged. This is not yet a communist nation where the rights of the state—or even the rights of a majority of citizens—supersede the rights of the individual. … ‘Red flag’ laws turn the Bill of Rights and the fundamental legal doctrine that a man is innocent until proven guilty completely upside down. “Red flag” laws are a mockery to every constitutional principle of liberty since the Magna Carta. Seizing a citizen’s firearms by force (and thereby rendering him defenseless) without a crime being committed—or even the accusation of a crime being made—is old-fashioned TYRANNY. Such an act presumes a person is guilty until proven innocent. Then there is this: After the guns are seized, it could take years for the victim to prove his innocence (or competence) and have his guns returned—and in what condition would they be when (and IF) returned? Furthermore, will you legislators, judges and police officers who collaborate to strip an innocent person’s ability to defend himself accept any responsibility when the real bad guys take advantage of this person’s vulnerability and invade his home and bludgeon or rape or even kill his family? Of course you won’t. But mark it down: You will be held responsible in the eyes of Almighty God—and in the eyes of the citizens you have victimized.” – Pastor Chuck Baldwin
With that said... the world awaits us...let's get moving....
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Thoughts for the Week -
As we wind down 2019 and give thought to the year, it wouldn't be complete unless recognition was handed out. As Time Magazine and ESPN names their person of the year and all the hoopla is spouted to the world, we could debate the point, right or wrong to who is named. We, as Americans, really went through a lot in 2019. Did we not? So, after much thought and consideration to my "Person of the Year", (drum roll xxxxxxxxxxxx) I want to name each of you Patriots as my person of the year. Now, I know this is pretty simple and there will be no billboards with Festus's picture on it or your picture for being the Hope For Survival Person of the Year. In 2019 the Patriots of America stood firm yet in many cases silent as our name and what we stand for continues to be ridiculed and mocked by others. From red necks to misfits, losers to deplorable, uninformed to uneducated, yes, we hard working tax payers have been labeled everything except who we truly are. Patriots. Models of the Constitution and defenders of our great Republic. Bleeders of red, white, and blue, who sing a song of pride, freedom, and integrity. No, we aren't perfect, but we do stay within the guardrails of the laws and framework of our land.
It has been a true honor and blessing getting to know many of you in 2019. Some I have known longer but most of you I met during the year. Thank you for friendship above all, but also your support in helping Hope For Survival establish a foundation of learning, being prepared, and helping others, while advancing the need for preparedness to those who will listen. Ms. Lucy and I thank those who invited and welcomed us in to their home during the year. We are now richer in friendships that we treasure. Thank you.
We are honored to call you our Patriot brothers and sisters and friends.
Christmas is a great time to introduce or support your preparedness views and beliefs by giving a preparedness gift to a loved one. Maybe a Ready Bag packed and ready for a vehicle? If you still need to fill the stocking or find preparedness type gifts, consider supporting a local preparedness store in your area. Personally, I try my best to support "Ma and Pa" stores when possible. These are families trying to survive life and provide a service to cause, like preparedness. I have nothing against Box stores or online retailers, but these local stores are competing for business and trying to survive. If you have attended Heritage Life Skills and enjoyed it, considering supporting the sponsor of HLS, the Carolina Preparedness Store in Waynesville, N.C. The HLS sponsor and owner of CPS would be Ms and Mr Bill. They are fantastic people who not only own the store and sponsor the event at HLS, they live the Preparedness life and can offer great guidance and advice on the topic and equipment you may need. Please reach out to them and give them a chance to provide what you need. If you are in the Waynesville, N.C. area stop in and say hello. You can tell Ms. Jan you are a friend to Hope For Survival. Here is the link to their store https://carolinareadiness.com/ and the phone number is 1-828-456-5310. They are located at 72 Montgomery St., Waynesville, N.C. 28786. I know Ms Jan and Mr Bill would appreciate the opportunity to gain your business.
This may seem like a strange one, but do you ever have off-the wall thoughts where you may be thinking about something dealing with preparedness and then something crazy pops in to your thoughts? Come on, don't leave me out here as the lone ranger on this. So, our normal routine is to wake up on Sunday morning and begin preparing to attend Sunday AM church services. It is normally quiet around our place. Ms Lucy sometimes turns on the "other network" to see what they are talking about. She calls this the news of the enemy. Now, don't go getting all twisted up. She likes to hear both sides to get a recap of the week in case she missed something. I'm the one who picked the word "enemy" because I am being as nice as I can be on the Sunday morning. Insert a smile.
So, once I hear this noise coming from a television I run as fast as I can to my computer, put in my ear buds, and start listening to a Podcast while I have coffee and answer a few emails. In reality, I have learned the easiest way to keep my blood pressure down is to get to my computer before the television comes on and start listening to a podcast before she comes to life.
I'm normally awake and reading emails and listening to Podcast around 5 AM on the weekends. It is a great time to catch up and not feel rushed.
So, back to my crazy thought.
I was thinking about being in the woods and watching squirrels running and jumping from limb to limb, tree to tree to evade shots being fired. In my early morning mind I could hear this music playing in the background to fit the small critters running and jumping. Sorta like the Tom and Jerry shows year ago. The music was odd though, it was the 5th Symphony (Symphony No. 5) from Ludwig van Beethoven. Odd huh? Strong strings playing the Du-Du-Du-Duuuuu, Du-Du-Du-Duuuuu and then a softer assortment of strings playing while the squirrels ran for their life. I was wondering why on earth this was the music in my mind then I realized Dec 17 is Mr Beethoven's birthday and on Dec 17, 2020 we will celebrate the 250th Anniversary of his birth.
At another point in my life as a music enthusiast and eventual Music Major in college, I loved classical music. Ms. Lucy and I both took several years of Music Theory and Composition in our early years. Anyhoot, the news of the enemy wasn't blaring yet so I quickly turned on Beethoven's fifth so we could share the beauty of this creation. Ms. Lucy wondered why on earth her strange husband was listening to classical music when I prefer a quiet surrounding, and I would continue getting ready thinking about the squirrels dancing through the trees. Isn't the mind a beautiful thing?
If I start hearing Wolfgang Mozart or Johann Sebastian Bach in the coming Sundays I will start to worry. See, I can fit something about preparedness in to about every aspect in life.
We are approaching Christmas and this is the next to last Patriot Express News Letter you will receive this year. Based on my WV math skills and realizing you will receive this on Dec 21st, and the last on Dec 28th. Wow. We are facin