If you bounce around on Preparedness websites for any amount of time, you are bound to read an article on how the government has a grand plan to place all liberty minded people in a special FEMA camp or you’ll read something about a grand conspiracy that has been in the works since Pharaoh wouldn’t, “Let my people go” or something of the sort… It makes for interesting reading and sometimes it has a little truth to it to give the story a little bit of credibility. But we shouldn’t allow such stories or reports to shock us into fear and not carry on with our lives and our preparedness goals.
I know that I have even been swept up in the hysteria before. One time, a person I respect received “insider knowledge” of something that was going to happen a few months down the road. He received it from a trusted friend who knew this other trusted friend… He was so convinced that he convinced me. I asked some of the men from my church to get together after church to talk about it. Reason prevailed and of course, the given time came and went and not even a fart in the wind happened!
Like I said, some of this stuff is fun reading, if you can read it and not freak out. The truth is, it plays into our fears. The key is to think it through logically. For example, a quick Google search, “Were are the FEMA camps,” led me to this website, the first link on the page, “Location of FEMA Concentration Camps.” If you scroll down to Texas, where I live, it says,
Ft.Hood Ft. Hood has a newly built concentration camp, constructed complete with towers, high fencing, and barbed wire.
Mexia WWII German/ Italian POW camp being renovated.
Amarillo FEMA Detention facility
Only 3 camps? Another quick search of “Amarillo FEMA Camp” took me to this site,
Carswell AFB – Fort Worth – 3,274
Dyess AFB – Abilene – 6,437
Fort Bliss – El Paso – Extensive renovation of buildings – 1,100,000
Goodfellow AFB – San Angelo – 1,137
Kelly AFB – San Antonio – 4,660
Amarillo – FEMA designated detention facility -16,000
Sheppard AFB – FEMA designated detention facility.
Austin – Robert Mueller Municipal airport has detention areas inside hangars.
Bastrop – Prison and military vehicle motor pool.
Eden – 1500 bed privately run federal center. Currently holds illegal aliens.
Ft. Hood – (Killeen -north of Austin) – Newly built concentration camp, with towers, barbed wire etc.
Reese AFB (Lubbock) – FEMA designated detention facility.
North Dallas – near Carrolton – water treatment plant, close to interstate and railroad.
Mexia – East of Waco 33mi.; WWII German facility may be renovated.
Beaumont / Port Arthur area – hundreds of acres of federal camps already built on large-scale detention camp design.
Ft. Worth – Federal prison under construction on the site of Carswell AFB. This is a women’s prison.
That’s a little better, 17 camps!
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So if we look at this logically, even with all these camps, could they hold all the “liberty minded” people in Texas? According to WolframAlpha, the Texas population is 26.45 million! Out of 26.45 million, how many of those are “liberty minded?” I can tell you a whole hell of a lot! Does it makes sense to put all these people in FEMA camps? Would they have the room? Texas is a big state, If people started getting “rounded-up”, wouldn’t word get out? It would! And then every Texan who ever hunted white tail deer would all of the sudden become a sniper! I know tons of hunters, who are not preppers, who would never allow something like this to happen! Think about it!
The reason I’m going here is because I recently received a comment on a recent article. A reader is very discouraged and asked, “I have viewed lots on prepping on TV, but I would like someone to tell me how are we going to protect ourselves for GOV. turning on the American people, because I think that is more likely to happen then anything else.”
I will give this reader that our government seems to be overly oppressive at this time. We see the police in Ferguson armed to the teeth and we saw it in Boston too, after the Boston Marathon bombing. I vividly remember remarking to my family that Bostonians didn’t realize what they were doing when they showed the public cheering for the police right after they had been forced into martial law.
To fuel this oppression, we hear and see rural police receiving military hardware when there is no reason that they would need it. But what about school police needing military hardware? According to a September 2014 article in the Huffington Post,
School police in several California public school districts are ready for anything — including, apparently, a small invasion.
The open news website MuckRock found through a recent Freedom of Information Act request that not only are California state and local police departments receiving military-grade equipment from the Department of Defense, but several school police departments are as well… The M16s were valued at $499 each, the grenade launchers at $720, and the mine-resistant vehicles, or MRAPs, at $733,000.
M16’s, grenade launchers, mine-resistant vehicles??? I know….Whiskey…Tango…Foxtrot!
What are we to think? How are we supposed to respond?
I think it is important to remember that the government is not really sure what it is doing. If they can’t even plan for Ebola and handle the debt, what makes you think that they have a grand plan to enslave the American people? Yes, they will be oppressive. We will see more Ferguson like riots and such. But the fact that the government is reacting this way shows that they don’t have another solution, “might will make right” in their eyes.
On the other hand, I think the American public is starting to have enough of the oppression. You can see the anger and frustration boiling over. The uncertainty of our future, economics on Main Street, available jobs, healthcare, food prices, etc… is starting to be felt. There is always a breaking point. I think one reason why the protests that we have seen in regards to Officer Daniel Pantaleo not getting indicted in the Eric Garner investigation, being so large is part of this. I believe people are partly protesting excessive force being used by police and partly there is a feeling of overall frustration.
This is how I get through…
- Life goes on! – I go to work. I go to my kid’s football games. I get my vehicle inspected. I’m not rocking myself in the fetal position in the corner waiting for the hammer to drop!
- I stay aware! – I read articles, watch videos, listen to podcasts, visit alternative media websites, monitor Twitter and catch the mainstream news from time to time. If something is going to happen, I’m going to know about it.
- I prepare! – I’m a prepper. I prepare for the most common of emergencies: hurricane, financial problems, etc… But you know that because you are reading this article and more than likely you are a prepper too!
- I’m becoming a rebel! – I’m breaking HOA rules by having chickens in my backyard/garage. I’m making good decisions for my family. If having some fresh eggs is a bad thing…well, I’m a bad boy!
- I’m not going into debt! – I’m making good financial decisions, even if that means we don’t have the newest, shiniest “thingy.”
- I’m investing! – When I do buy something, I want to make sure it is quality and will last!
- I have faith! – God is bigger than any government! There is a future that I trust in where the only preps I need to worry about is where my heart is and if I’m forgiven. And this faith brings more peace than anything I could possiblly stockpile here on Earth!
I really wasn’t expecting this post to be this long. I was really wanting to provide a forum for other preppers to respond to the question that was left on the article… Again, a reader asked, ” I have viewed lots on prepping on TV, but I would like someone to tell me how are we going to protect ourselves for GOV. turning on the American people, because I think that is more likely to happen then anything else.”
What would you say to this reader? What advice would you offer? Leave your comment below.
This article first appeared on Ed That Matters.
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