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Why I Won’t Bother To Vote this Year

Please Note – In the entire article below I did not once tell YOU not to vote if that is what YOU want to do.  In fact I didn’t once tell you to personally do anything.  Please consider that if you decide to comment on this article.

For those of you making a big deal about the coming elections and posting meme after meme on facebook, I have three things to say….

1.  Hillary Clinton isn’t running so you are not “stopping Hillary”

2.  Barack Obama isn’t running so you are not “stopping Obama”

3.  If you want to know if your elections will even be in play at all visit RealClearPolitics.com there you can see with amazing accuracy the results in advance of over 90% of the elections that will take place next week.  The majority of state and national level elections are already determined, your vote isn’t going to matter and neither will mine.

Please don’t insult my intelligence by telling me it is important for me to vote in elections that will be won by margins of more than 25% in most instances (that is the reality of my state and county).  Even a common core student can do that math!  My state Senators, state House Reps, federal Reps and my governor and Lt. Governor are all predetermined, and I don’t want any of them, nor do I want their opponents running my state or representing me in DC.

I know you dear reader do not live in Texas, but if you go to RealClearPolitics.com you will note that 10 senate seats are toss ups but if you dig deeper you will see that 7 are almost definite out of those, three are real toss ups.  You will see the GOP will LIKELY take the Senate and is going to 100% keep the house.  That is known, if the GOP takes the Senate rhetoric will change but the results won’t and the GOP will keep the house so that isn’t even an issue.

This election is billed as important but it is one of the least important in history.  Those of you that want Obamacare repealed it won’t happen the GOP is already selling you out.  Those of you that want to stop Amnesty you can’t, the GOP will give it to you in 2016-2017 along with expanding not repealing Obamacare.  The house majority leader sold you out long ago.

You are told your vote counts, it doesn’t, it won’t and it hasn’t in the lives of most adults.  The winner in all these elections is the power elite, the loser is the people, this is the only constant.  Voting for a third party won’t work, neither will voting for the lesser of two evils.  Right now every voter is doing nothing but pissing into the wind and supporting one mafia, extortionist, traitorous, murderous family over the other.

No matter who wins this election, Ebola will still exist and still represent less of a threat to you than say too many Big Macs or slipping in the bath tub.  The complete destruction of our private health care industry will continue unabated and by 2020 the government will be running health care.  By 2018 the nation will be over 21 trillion in debt and have over 138 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities.  Our southern border will not be secure and illegals will still be handed government benefits.

The total number of people (citizens and non citizens) on welfare and food stamps will continue to grow.  The deficit will continue to remain well over 400 billion annually assuming no more bail outs and destroying the free market in order to save it interventions.  If any of those occur of course it will be back into trillion dollar territory.

No matter who is in power they will tell you that ISIS which they created is a threat and use it as an excuse to take more of your liberty.  They will use the same fear to continue to bomb innocent people in a part of the world that should be left the hell alone to sort out its own problems.

No matter who is in charge your constitutionally protected rights will continue to be trampled on.  The NSA will continue to collect all your data and insist it is for your own protection.  They will even brag about spending billions of dollars of your money to do so and showcase a massive data center larger then the US Capital building like some fine jewel you should admire.

No matter who runs the senate, the house or the white house we will continue to see common core degrade the intelligence of our children in the name of making us competitive.  With techniques like taking 108 steps to solve the equation 90 divided by 18.    The nation will remain on a track to have us all taxed by the mile by the year 2025 at the latest, which will result in the wholesale tracking of all motor vehicles throughout the nation.

Those of you who want me to vote and tell me how important it is that I do so will have to do better that telling me that the “lesser of two evils” is the best we can do.  You will have to point to at least one place in all the things above I have just listed where my vote will have any effect on even one of them.  You see I don’t care which party takes which of my rights I simply care that both parties are constantly taking my rights day and night and that half the people cheer for one tyrant and half for the other.

I know that we have been programmed to believe that we are a representative democracy in the form of a republic and that every vote counts.  Well I am sorry that is a nice idea, but as grown adults should we not examine such claims with a critical eye?  Should we just accept this “good citizenship programming” or might we consider the claim that the US is an Oligarchy?  I have done so and I have noticed every government since 1980 when I was old enough to even pay attention followed constants.

  1. The size of government got bigger
  2. The Freedoms of every American were reduced
  3. The national debt grew
  4. The unfunded liabilities grew
  5. The producers were taxed at a higher rate (when total taxes were considered)
  6. The consumers were fed more of the national pie
  7. The percentage of consumers grew
  8. The percentage of producers fell
  9. The majority party always blames the minority party for not being able to get things done
  10. The minority party always blames the majority party for not being able to get things done
  11. All the power is actually wielded by those who fund politicians not the politicians themselves
  12. The same people that fund the republicans fund the democrats and vise verse

The truth is the system is rigged, it is a big club and you are not in it, and the only way out is to focus on what you can influence rather than that which you are concerned about.

So don’t worry if I ever think my vote matters and if I ever see a place where we have a real choice I will participate in it. But I won’t insult the intelligence of the average person by telling them a flat out lie.  Right now your vote doesn’t count in at least 99% of every measure on every ballot from dog catcher to referendum, how you vote personally won’t matter and it isn’t going to change anything.  You can be mad at me for saying so but it won’t make what I claim untrue.

I am open to being wrong about this but let me tell you what it will take.  You will have to show me an election where my vote would have changed both the outcome and the result.  The outcome is the winner, this you MIGHT find in some obscure election somewhere, likely where I could not have personally voted for the candidate anyway.  But the truth is the result is more important!

You will have to show me where and when voting for D vs. R or R vs. D will actually change any of the 12 points I made above in any meaningful way.  You will have to convince me that congressmen are not fully controlled by the party dues system.

Look I don’t want to be right about this.  It doesn’t make me happy, it doesn’t make me feel smart that I know this entire political game is a lie.  It doesn’t give me pleasure that our lives are run by a group of power elite and our elections are simply an illusion and a marketing campaign to get us to be happy in our modern from of serfdom.

I would love to tell you that your vote matters and real reform is possible in our current system and society.  I would also love to tell you that Neverland is real and you can go there and stay young forever.  I’d like to tell you the Tooth Fairy really will leave a silver dollar under your pillow in exchange for your tooth as well, but would you believe me if I did?  Look just because something sounds good doesn’t make it true.

So go ahead if you really think voting matters and make your case to the world for your side of the dichotomy, write memes, make phone calls, write your reps, etc.  I won’t fault you for it.  It is your right.

It is also my right to vote by not voting.  To state that none of the candidates are worthy of running my nation, state, county or city.  To exercise my patriotism by not endorsing people I see as shills, traitors, oppressors and often killers by not granting them the honor and privilege of my vote.

Yes receiving a vote is a privilege not a right!  Politicians are not entitled to votes, they are not entitled to me voting for or against them.  When you question a persons patriotism for not voting do you realize that you are saying the opposite?  If I am obligated by duty to vote, then one of the people I do not want to vote for, must be entitled to my vote.  Under critical examination that is a fact.

The fact that you will vote for these people and I won’t doesn’t make you a better American than me, it doesn’t mean you are more patriotic either.  As a patriot I stand willing to risk my life to defend the rights of every American equally.  I stand ready if needed to defend the rights of property, privacy and personal liberty of all Americans, regardless of sex, religion, sexual orientation, age or race.  So as a patriot I refuse to endorse people who stand in opposition to those things.  As I have yet to see a politician that isn’t for infringing on the rights and freedoms of some Americans to the benefit of other Americans, none right now are qualified for the privilege of receiving my endorsement in the form of a vote.

In short if you want me to vote, you’ll need to give me something to vote for.  Voting against something that is the greater of two evils is an old movie.  I am tired of watching this movie and I already know how it ends.  So I have left the stale pop corn on the sticky floor and simply walked out of the dim political theater during the “coming soon” promotions.  Instead of watching the choreographed nonsense I have focused on my own life and the lives of those I can help, influence and be a good example to.  I will put my energy where it has an impact in reality rather then on the feel good illusions of a mass media programmed mind.

 

GenForward Pledge to be Released About Noon Today

Learn More at GenForward.com

Learn More at GenForward.com

As I previously posted, the GenForward Pledge will only be emailed to people on the early announcement email list one time.  I have heard from several who were expecting it last night.  We didn’t send it last night because I have a film crew on site and basically go distracted.

That said the email about the GenForward Pledge will be sent about 12PM central time today.  So if you haven’t gotten on the list now, this is your chance.  Again we will only send out the pledge one time, anyone not on the list will have to wait until Nov. 17th to see it.

More Info is Here

Have You Heard About GenForward

Learn More at GenForward.com

Learn More at GenForward.com

GenForward.com is a revolutionary new company I am currently building with my past business partner Neil Franklin.  It is actually an idea that has been in my head for over a decade.

Recently Neil and I got together and agreed the time was right for GenForward.  That there is a reason we have talked about it since 2006 and have not done it till now.  We will be funding GenForward with an Indiegogo campaign that will launch on Nov. 17th.  But I am letting TSP members get little bits of behind the scenes information about it before then.

To get on our email list for that just go to www.GenForward.com and fill out the form.  You will then get emails and behind the scenes info and you will even get the entire story a day or two before it goes public to all.

Here is the big news though, GenForward is going to be guided at all times by a 9 Point Pledge to our community.  On Monday (that is tomorrow) I will send an email out about 9PM eastern time.  That email will include the entire 9 Point Pledge.  In many ways you will know 80% of the GenForward story from that pledge.

Here is the catch!  I will only send that email ONE TIME during the prelaunch period.  So if you are not on the email list, you will have to wait until mid November to find out about it.  My little way of  incentivizing you to be part of what we are doing as early as possible.

The big thing here is GenForward is something really special, it will help mend families, help future generations know where they came from and be a force for good things in the world.  I will tell you this isn’t really a “prepper” or a “homesteader”  type of thing.  Yet, in many ways it is exactly what we need to be prepared for a better tomorrow.

One Spot Remains for the TSP Fall Workshop

Just a quick note that as of right now, only one spot remains open for the TSP Fall Workshop.  Details here http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/the-tsp-fall-event-at-the-spirko-homestead-is-now-open-to-all

That is all!

Big Month for 299 Days


Book 10, Audio Books, and New Merchandise!

October is a big month for the 299 Days book series by Glen Tate. The 26th of this month marks the 299th day of the year, and with it, the release of the 10th and final book of the series. It also marks the release of the audio book version of all 10 books. There is also great new merchandise available including the Pierce Point T-shirt.


In this final book of the 299 Days series, The 43 Colonels celebrates the many “ordinary” men and women who did extraordinary things during and after the Collapse. Set in the chambers of the New Washington Legislature during a joint session of the House and Senate, Governor Ben Trenton honors Colonel Grant Matson and 42 other individuals who helped start the Restoration. The stories of these modern-day Patriots, both heart-wrenching and inspirational, demonstrate how anyone can help in a revolution.


For the audiobooks, author Glen Tate got one of the very best narrators in the audio book world to narrate and produce this series. Kevin Pierce has narrated more audio books via Audible’s ACX system than any other person on the planet. The story really comes to life when Kevin Pierce reads it. Listening to the audio books, even if you’ve already read them in print, adds a tremendous new dimension to the story. You get much more out of the story hearing it than simply reading it.


Lastly is the amazing new Pierce Point artwork that was created by TSP community member Nicodemus. TSP Gear Shop took great care in finding a vendor that could print every detail of this beautiful work on the new shirt. It is their best shirt so far. Note from author Glen Tate – “Want to show that you’re a 299er – but don’t want to attract too much attention? Want to have a “low signature” “insider” shirt? The Pierce Point shirt looks like a normal resort shirt, but 299ers you run into will know that you’re talking about the place where it all happens: Pierce Point.”

Don’t forget all the other great TSP merchandise that is available at TSP Gear Shop Shipping is always free and MSB Members get 10% off all orders!

TSP Fall Workshop at the Spirko Homestead

You Never Know What Might Happen at the TSP Barter Blanket

I have just posed the link to sign up for the TSP Fall Workshop in the MSB.  This workshop will be three days long and the cost is 500 dollars with a 100 dollar deposit to hold your spot.

As always MSB members get first shot to sign up for these workshops.  We will only do one this fall and this is it.  We may only do one in the spring of 2015.  The workshops are pretty amazing and I’d love to meet you at one of them.

If any spots remain on Monday I will open them to the general audience at that time.  This is simply another perk of the MSB.

To learn more and sign up if you are an MSB member, just log into your account, there is a link on the home page of the private area of the MSB.  It is at the top where it says, in bold red letters, the following.

If You Are Here to Sign Up for the Survival Podcast Fall Food Forest and Plant Propagation Workshop You can do that Here

Again the event will be opened to the general audience on Monday IF any spots remain open.

To get a feel for what it is like at our workshops check out our

Flickr Page and YouTube Channel for the workshops.

Iron Edison Batteries Joins the MSB

MSB Members Now get 5% off all Iron Edison Batteries.

MSB Members Now get 5% off all Iron Edison Batteries.

As the online leader in Nickel-Iron batteries, solar power and renewable energy products, Iron Edison is providing people with off-grid, clean energy solutions. Whether you need Nickel-Iron batteries for your current system or a fully-customized package renewable energy solution Iron Edison can help you build the right system for your need.

All MSB members now receive 5% off all Nickel-Iron batteries at Iron Edison. This discount ONLY applies to batteries but with Nickel-Iron batteries starting at about 1,000 dollars a piece this is a huge discount for the person building a top quality off grid system. No batter can compete with a Nick-Iron battery for this use.

We owe a special thank you to Steven Harris of the Expert Council who secured this discount for us while researching one of your questions about nickel-iron batteries.

The discount code has been added to the benefits page of the MSB.  Remember also if you are not a member today is the last day of the fall sale, get your first year for only 30 dollars.  To do that use discount code fall14.

Only Two Days Left for the MSB Fall Sale

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today and Get 20 Dollars Off Your First Year with Discount Code fall14

Just a quick reminder that the current sale on the MSB ends at Midnight Central Time tomorrow Oct. 1st.

The MSB is a great value and this is a great time of year for fall homestead planning. So I decided to make the MSB an even bigger value for the next week.

Fall officially began yesterday with the fall equinox on Sept. 21st. To celebrate from now until Oct. 1st you can get your first year of MSB for only 30 dollars. This sale is open to new members or members who’s prior membership has expired.

To get your first year of the MSB for only 30 dollars just use the discount code

fall14

You can of course use the code to join by mail if you pay by cash, check or silver as well. Those paying by silver will get 14 vs. 12 months of membership per ounce. Those that wish to pay with bitcoin should email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com to make arrangements to get the discount.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

If you have been considering the MSB now is a great time to join! There are several benefits that are worth more than the entire first year cost alone. Such as…

  • A free LIFETIME Discount Membership to SafeCastle’s Discount club (value 49 dollars)
  • A free Premium Membership with Western Botanicals (value 50 dollars)

Remember Bob Wells Nursery was Just Added to the MSB

Planning that fall planting? Well fall/winter is the best time to plant trees, bushes and many other perennials. Now all MSB Members get 10% off all purchases from Bob Wells Nursery. That means with this one benefit alone a 300 dollar tree order alone would pay for the entire first year.

More is Coming

I can’t say what yet but at least two more very exciting vendors will be added to the MSB before the year ends! I am constantly looking for great companies to get you guys the best deals I can with.

Lastly the premium eBook Collection is worth over 150 dollars alone, it includes…

  • Planting Trees The Low Cost Easy Way (value $6.99 )
  • How to Build Top Bar Behives (value $6.99 )
  • Basics of Sprouting (value $6.95 )
  • Building an EPAK Kit (value $12.95 )
  • Getting Your Household in Order (value $6.95 )
  • Building a Traditional Clay Oven (value $18.00 )
  • Building Aquaponics Systems (value $18.00 )
  • Secrets of Ballistic Striking (value $11.95 )
  • The Glycation Factor (value $49.99 )
  • How to Build Your Own Residential Wind Turbine (value $14.99 )

As you can see I work very hard to insure there is a tremendous value to the MSB and I keep working to increase the value for my members. In the end it is also a way you can help support the show.

At 30 dollars for your first year that works out to only 12.5 cents an episode to support the show.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

P.S. – If you order using the mail in form, BE VERY SURE TO PRINT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS CLEARLY on the form it is the one piece of date we absolutely need to set up your membership and make sure you get your log in details.

Can a Community Member Get Some Legal Advice

I could use an attorney who would not mind at least discussing some options with a TSP community member that I feel is being bullied by a person with no leg to stand on.

This good friend of TSP is being threatened with a lawsuit, they know the attacker has no real grounds for the attack but they are worried it will cost more to defend the case then to yield to bullying tactics.

The ideal person will have experience in litigation over IPR and be licensed in Oregon or Kansas but honestly any help would be appreciated.  A community is only strong if it is united when ANY member is attacked unfairly.  This is one such time!

I can’t say anything further now, I don’t want people guessing here (as you will LIKELY BE WRONG ANYWAY) so I am turning off comments.  If the full force of this community of 100,000 is needed at some point I will let you know then.

For now if you are an attorney that is willing to do at least a pro bono verbal consult with a wonderful member of the TSP community, just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “willing to consult” in the subject line and I will put you in touch with this individual.

I feel this person is being bullied, given unreasonable terms, threatened with a short deadline and more.  I don’t like it and I really just don’t want them to make a decision based on fear and false assumptions.

I am not a lawyer, I think I know what to do here but I also know my limits.  Anyone who helps this individual will have my eternal gratitude.  Thanks to all,

Jack

MSB Sale for to Celebrate Fall’s Arrival

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today and Get 20 Dollars Off Your First Year with Discount Code fall14

The MSB is a great value and this is a great time of year for fall homestead planning.  So I decided to make the MSB an even bigger value for the next week.

Fall officially began yesterday with the fall equinox on Sept. 21st. To celebrate from now until Oct. 1st you can get your first year of MSB for only 30 dollars. This sale is open to new members or members who’s prior membership has expired.

To get your first year of the MSB for only 30 dollars just use the discount code

fall14

You can of course use the code to join by mail if you pay by cash, check or silver as well. Those paying by silver will get 14 vs. 12 months of membership per ounce. Those that wish to pay with bitcoin should email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com to make arrangements to get the discount.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

If you have been considering the MSB now is a great time to join! There are several benefits that are worth more than the entire first year cost alone. Such as…

  • A free LIFETIME Discount Membership to SafeCastle’s Discount club (value 49 dollars)
  • A free Premium Membership with Western Botanicals (value 50 dollars)

Remember Bob Wells Nursery was Just Added to the MSB

Planning that fall planting?  Well fall/winter is the best time to plant trees, bushes and many other perennials. Now all MSB Members get 10% off all purchases from Bob Wells Nursery. That means with this one benefit alone a 300 dollar tree order alone would pay for the entire first year.

More is Coming

I can’t say what yet but at least two more very exciting vendors will be added to the MSB before the year ends! I am constantly looking for great companies to get you guys the best deals I can with.

Lastly the premium eBook Collection is worth over 150 dollars alone, it includes…

  • Planting Trees The Low Cost Easy Way (value $6.99 )
  • How to Build Top Bar Behives (value $6.99 )
  • Basics of Sprouting (value $6.95 )
  • Building an EPAK Kit (value $12.95 )
  • Getting Your Household in Order (value $6.95 )
  • Building a Traditional Clay Oven (value $18.00 )
  • Building Aquaponics Systems (value $18.00 )
  • Secrets of Ballistic Striking (value $11.95 )
  • The Glycation Factor (value $49.99 )
  • How to Build Your Own Residential Wind Turbine (value $14.99 )

As you can see I work very hard to insure there is a tremendous value to the MSB and I keep working to increase the value for my members. In the end it is also a way you can help support the show.

At 30 dollars for your first year that works out to only 12.5 cents an episode to support the show.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

P.S. – If you order using the mail in form, BE VERY SURE TO PRINT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS CLEARLY on the form it is the one piece of date we absolutely need to set up your membership and make sure you get your log in details.