9 Ways To Become A Better Prepper In 2020 (The Election Year)

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In case you’re the one in a million people who haven’t yet heard, next year is an election year.

You know what that means; we’ll be bombarded constantly with campaign ads, polls and pundits making their prognostications. It will be as if normal life comes to a halt, while the business of selecting the president for the next four years and a number of other politicians on federal, state and local levels.

If you’re a big TV fan, like most Americans
are, all your favorite shows will be interrupted at one time or another. If
they’re not preempted by political debates, they’ll be peppered with false
advertising, where one politician or another tries to convince us that they’ll
actually do something for the American people for a chance, rather than just
for special interest groups and their big campaign donors.

It’s Already Begun

We’ve already seen this process start, as
campaigning is something that never seems to end. Politicians in office start
campaigning the day they are sworn in and those who don’t manage to get elected
start posturing to try and get nominated the next time around.

Every speech that every politician makes is
part of the campaigning process, building their base of support and raising
funds for the next campaign. So if it seems like they are spending more time
and effort trying to tell you how great they are, than they are in being great,
there’s a reason for it. That’s exactly what they are doing.

Then There’s Impeachment

The impeachment debacle is all part of this
process. Democrats started talking impeachment as soon as the results of the
presidential election were made known. They didn’t even have the good manners
to wait until inauguration day for it. No, they were sure that they were going
to find ground to impeach the president, if for no other reason than he is a
Republican.

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House,
said it herself, “The President has left us no choice but to impeach him.”
While she’s trying to make it sound like she’s doing it for the benefit of the
country, the only real thing that Trump has done to be impeached for is to be
elected. She can’t control him, so she wants to get rid of him.

This is not a first, by any means.
Democrats have tried to impeach every Republican president since Reagan. While
they haven’t necessarily gotten as far in their efforts as they have in the
current case, impeachment has been a major part of their strategy to prevent
Republicans from accomplishing their agenda, when they are voted into office.

But this is going much farther than the
typical obstructionism that we’re used to seeing out of the Democrat Party.
Rather than just trying to stop the president from doing his job, this is an
outright coup. They’re trying to reverse the will of the people, eliminating
the value of voting.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve
seen Democrats trying to undo the will of the people either. Back in 2000, Al
Gore tried to use a recount of the Florida election to reverse the results of
the presidential election. Every time Democrats lose an election, they try to
reverse it.

Nevertheless, we’re seeing a new precedent
going on right now. That is, a sham trial in the House of Representatives,
trying the President based not on facts, but on the opinions of a number of
Deep State operatives. The only “evidence” being presented is their opinion of
what the President meant and what his intent was, not on what he did and the
results of his actions.

Remember, this is the same Deep State who
gave Hillary Clinton a free pass for breaking the law, because they thought
that she didn’t have any intent to break the law. Apparently actions no longer
matter, all that matters is intent. If you’re a Democrat, your intent has to be
good and if you’re a Republican your intent has to be bad.

Digging a level deeper into what is
happening, we see a dangerous precedent. Nancy Pelosi’s witch hunt is all about
bringing the President under subjection to the House of Representatives.
Remember when she was voted to be the Speaker? She said that being the Speaker
of the House made her the “equal of the president.” No Nancy, the Congress as a
whole, both houses, is the equal of the president, not you.

If Democrats get away with what they’re
doing, then they will have broken the Constitution and stripped the power of
the presidency. A successful impeachment, based on the lack of credible
evidence they have now, will mean that they can oust any president they want,
who doesn’t do what they say. That will turn our government into mob rule and
the mob will be the House of Representatives. Their next targets would be the
Senate and the Supreme Court, so that they could consolidate power.

Tired of it Yet?

Are you tired of all this yet? I know I am.
The 2020 presidential campaign hasn’t even officially started and I’m already
tired of all the drama. I’m not sure I can put up with another year of it. In
fact, I’m seriously considering throwing away my television, until after the
election. Oh wait… I already did.

So, what are we going to do the next year?
Allow me to present a few ideas for your consideration; things you can do, if
like me, you’re going to try and avoid politics as much as possible. There are
much better things we can do with our time, rather than watching television
anyway, even without politics taking it over.

Work on Your Preps

We all complain about not having enough
time for prepping. Well, I think I know where you can find some. All you have
to do is turn off that television; or better yet, disconnect it, and you’ll
find that you suddenly have more time. You can spend at least some of it
working on your preps, getting done all those things that you never seem to
find the time to do.

Build Your Off-Grid Power System

Speaking of projects you never find the
time to do, what about building your own off-grid power system? Did you know
that you can save half the cost by building your own solar panels, rather than
buying them? Building solar panels really isn’t all that difficult, just time
consuming. If you build a couple at a time, you’ll also make the project a
whole lot more affordable than trying to buy 30 or 40 of them.

Likewise, it’s cheaper to build a wind
turbine, than it is to buy one. I’ve built a couple of wind turbines and in
each case, the cost was less than a fourth of buying one of comparable power.
Not only that, it has given me the opportunity to experiment with making
turbines, seeing how different styles functioned and their relative efficiency.

Start a Garden

Here’s another time-consuming project we
all talk about doing; starting a garden. Now, I’m not talking about a little
10’ x 10’ garden here; I’m talking about something that’s say 20’ x 30’.
Something big enough to actually provide some food for your family. But also
something that can be scaled up to be a true source of food, in the event that
your family has to live off it.

While you’re at it, you might as well start
raising chickens, rabbits and fish to give your family some good sources of
animal protein. The more self-sufficient you become, the better off you’ll be.
This year could be a year of great investment for you, providing returns for
years to come.

Learn New Self-Sufficiency Skills

What about learning a new skill? I’m not
talking about something simple, like starting a fire; I’m talking about a major
skill, something that will help you in a post-disaster world. There are many such
skills, which require extensive time to learn. All the time you’re saving, from
not watching television all the time, can give you the time you need to learn
at least one of them, if not more.

Of course, many of those skills are going
to require you investing time in setting up someplace to work on them as well.
You can’t exactly do blacksmithing on your patio or weaving cloth in your
living room, unless you do some major modifications. For that matter, you may
have to build some of the equipment you’re going to use.

Read More

Reading has always been a great alternative
to watching television and one that I personally prefer. Depending on what you
like to read, it can either be a great diversion from life, allowing you to
exercise your imagination (fiction) or a great way to further your knowledge
base (non-fiction). There are always new things to learn and books are a great
way to learn them.

Of course, in our modern, connected world,
you aren’t limited to books. Every bit of human knowledge is available at your
fingertips, through the internet. For that matter, if you don’t like reading,
chances are that you can get all that information on video, making it easier to
digest.

Write a Book

Always wanted to write a book? Well, here’s
your chance. Since you’re not going to be spending so much time watching
television the next year, now’s the time to write that book you always wanted
to. Writing can be both fun and challenging at the same time, as you seek to
find the best possible way to express your ideas.

Build a Cabin

Don’t have a survival retreat to go to on a
bug out? Why not take this extra time and build yourself a cabin? Not only will
it be a great project; but you’ll have someplace to go, should the brown stuff
hit the rotary air-movement device.

What’s that; no land? Well then, build
yourself a portable bug out cabin. There are several forms this could take, like
a yurt or tiny home built on a flatbed cargo trailer. My sister is in the
process of building one of these now and she’s doing it with mostly scavenged
materials. So it doesn’t really have to be an expensive project.

Remodel Your Home for Survival

Is your home set up to be a post-disaster
survival shelter? If you’re like most of us, it’s not. What does it need? A
well? A smokehouse? A root cellar? An outdoor kitchen? I’ve spent years working
on my own home, trying to turn it into the ideal bug in survival retreat for my
family.

If you’re not sure what to do, just look
around. Imagine how you would do things without electricity and running water.
That will tell you the projects you most need to do, so that your home is
ready. Pick one and get stated, but write the rest of them down so you don’t
forget them.

Start a Home-based Business

I’ll bet you said to yourself, as you read
that list, “I can’t afford to do that.” Am I right? Well then, why not start a
home-based business, as a sideline to your normal job. Not only will that
provide you with an additional incomes stream; but it will be income that is
unassigned in your budget. That means it will give you money for all those
other projects.

Economic experts say that you should have
multiple income streams. This is even more important now, than ever. If
something should happen to your job, having another income stream could be what
keeps your family eating or keeps you from losing your home while you are
trying to find another job. If thing go right, that business could become your
full-time job, allowing you to work at home.

One Final Thing

Before I go, I just wanted to mention that
to one extent or another, I’m doing everything on that list, except for
building a cabin. So don’t tell me you can’t do it. You just have to decide you
want to. Not knowing how isn’t a valid excuse. If you don’t know, I’m sure
someone on YouTube would be glad to teach you.

Remember, this is about surviving the election year. Your other option is to watch all the folderol on television. If you want to keep your sanity, any of these ideas sound like a better option.

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