A Slave War?

According to some, Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery because he hated the inhumane institution. Others say he only abolished slavery because it undermined his enemy’s war effort.

The truth is Abraham Lincoln was a very shrewd politician and a very complicated man who went through lots of evolutions throughout his life. He’s often painted as a racist and a man of his times based on quotes where he says he does not think the black race equal to the white race. I mean, even after the war, what color was the race of the man (servant) that tied his shoe laces and assisted him in dressing everyday?

Lincoln also said he was waging the war not to abolish slavery, but to keep the country together. If the nation fell apart by the actions of a minority he thought the country was headed for anarchy and chaos. But as a result of the war being underway and at the end of said war, the country did slowly move towards abolition of owning slaves. Note: Lincoln and many Northern plantation owning states still kept their servants for many years after.

Lincoln was shrewd enough to bide his time. When early in the war one of his generals tried to abolish slavery in his district, Lincoln immediately prevented him from doing so and canceled this attempt. He drew a storm of criticism for this from anti-slavery factions in the country. The truth is at the time, it was the best thing he could have done. Several slaveholders were still loyal to the United States and if he had moved against slavery too early, they would have gone over to the other side, therefore bolstering the survival chances of slavery.

When Lincoln did abolish slavery, his timing was excellent. He did it right after a battle ranked as a Union victory. Why? Because if he had done it when the war was going against him, his action would have been perceived as the action of a desperate man.

The way in which Lincoln abolished slavery was also shrewd. His Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves only in the areas still under control of the Confederacy. He did not touch slavery in states still loyal to the Union or in areas under Union occupation, again to secure the support of loyal slaveholders. The proclamation made slaves run off with really no where to go- Lincoln never sent them back to their tribal owners in Africa. Interestingly, only one in four left their masters.

Slaves thought they should support the Union -even though there was plenty of racism in non-slave-holding states as well- and 180,000 black soldiers ended up serving in Union ranks. Ironically, there were many slaves in the same numbers who fought equally alongside the Confederate side.

Later in the war, Lincoln made sure slavery was eventually abolished throughout the entire country, even setting the stage to allow freed slaves to vote, but still never assisting any slave or ancestor of such, get back to their homeland. Odd to say the least.

The lesson here? Decide on your outcome, but be flexible about your approach.

*Thanks in part to Frank M.

Further Reading: Yes, There Were Black Confederates…(LINK)

Holt Collier, one of the African Southerners

who served in the Confederate Army during

the American Civil War.

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Big Failures

If you are scared out of your wits to make a mistake and lose face, guess what? You will fail and lose face.

If the Civil War produced one man who could never admit to any mistake and heaped all the responsibility for setbacks on others, it must be George B. McClellan.

What makes McClellan’s case extra sad, is the man had a very bright head on his shoulders. He was a superb organizer of men and can in some ways he is the father of the Army of The Potomac, one of the most important Union armies. He was extremely meticulous, his men adored him, and he did come up with a very good plan to defeat his opponent.

Fairly early in the war, McClellan devised an original plan to transport his massive host over sea and drop it on the flank of his enemy, where it was poised to take out the enemy’s capital at Richmond, Virginia. He had unfortunately taken a hell of a lot of time to put the plan in motion, because he was always afraid he didn’t have enough men.

Somehow, McClellan was struggling to achieve the impossible: he wanted to have 100 percent certainty his army would prevail. Of course, in war nothing is certain, and its common knowledge “no plan survives contact,” meaning as soon as armies clash there’s the inevitable factor we tend to call ‘luck’ or ‘chance’ which is out of our control. Usually because of miscalculations and human error.

McCellan’s huge ego could not allow for failure, so he moved at a snail’s pace. Although he vastly outnumbered his opponent, he insisted on dragging cumbersome siege guns to the front lines to blast his way through. His opponent was smart enough to wait till the last minute and retreat before the siege guns were finally ready to open fire. In this way, they deftly stalled for time, which allowed them to assemble more forces.

McCellan meanwhile kept clamoring for more reinforcements, almost pestering his superiors with requests and accusations, telling everyone who would listen how the authorities were doing everything they could to thwart him. Going so far as to say he was the only one who could save the army, in spite of the foolish decisions of all the other idiots in charge. He had this to say about Abraham Lincoln: ‘The President is no more than a well-meaning baboon. I went to the White House directly after tea, where I found “The Original Gorilla”, about as intelligent as ever. What a specimen to be at the head of our affairs now.’ That may have been the case, but McCellan was still walking in fear. Fear never wins the day.

His fear of failure also led him to believe that his opponent vastly outnumbered him, whereas the complete opposite was true. In the end, he did manage to come very close to the outskirts of his enemy’s capital. There his opponent, Robert E. Lee, decided to attack. McClellan got scared and retreated, even though the damage was rather minimal and he had far more reserves than his enemy. His self-fulling prophecy dictated his actions and ultimately, he retreated all the way back and abandoned his campaign.

On a later occasion, by an impossible stroke of luck, McClellan’s enemy’s precise marching orders fell into his hands. He knew everything his outnumbered and outgunned opponent was going to do and he still failed to destroy his enemy. To his wife he wrote: ‘Those in whose judgment I rely tell me that I fought the battle splendidly and that it was a masterpiece of art.’

Big egos, big, embarrassing failures

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“The Civil War was brutal. Brother fighting brother- over trade, commodities, and servitude. That’s all there is to it. People of color was never the issue with civil war- people of color joined in willingly to defend their Master’s land; why? Cause it was their land and their life as well. Anyway……..”

While it’s true that the Union soldiers were generally better fed than the Confederate soldiers were, neither side was eating steak and eggs, at least not with any kind of regularity. Because an army really does march on its stomach, food supplies going both directions were interrupted as often as possible.

Unfortunately, often this meant burning fields and slaughtering animals, leaving them to rot, as a regiment passed through an area, in order to keep the other side from eating. The casualties of those actions weren’t just soldiers – the families who depended upon those animals and crops to exist also starved.

Because food conditions became so brutal, especially in the South, both soldiers and families had to learn how to survive with very little food.

What was a man to do if he was on the march and had very little time to cook, and very few ingredients to do it with? What about the women and infirm left at home?

How did they live? The answer is: simply and with what little they had on hand. God provided to those who kept faith in God.

The one advantage that both sides had was that the country was still agricultural. People, at least in the part of the country where they were fighting, weren’t dependent upon outside sources for survival not like we are now with trade and GMO crops. Family or estate gardens were the norm rather than the exception and fruit trees and wild berries grew in abundance. However, with the climate changes from nature we’ve seen, the norm isn’t normal anymore.

With a norms in place soldiers just went to grab food from along the trail and it allowed families who may have lost most of everything else to have at least enough to survive. Remember, too, canning was a huge part of life back then, so if families managed to hide their food or were fortunate enough to remain off the marching trails, they had food stockpiled.

The marching soldiers weren’t quite so lucky, and it wasn’t always because food was scarce. There was also the fact that most of the men had no idea how to cook; they’d never had reason to learn because they had women or servants to do that.

The North had an advantage here at the start of the war because they had the United States Sanitary Commission watching out for them. They were a system of volunteers that were trained to find and distribute food to soldiers in the field. These guys were prepared for an lengthy war with their neighbors.

The Sanitary Commission knew about what was in season where, and how to preserve it and transport it. It was their sole job to keep the soldiers constantly fed. That doesn’t mean the food tasted good, though, and they didn’t always come through so the soldiers were left to their own devices. But hey! they tried.

On the other hand, the Confederacy was a ragtag team who came together as farmers, miners, plantation owners, and other working men who were fighting for what they believed in. They weren’t soldiers and didn’t have any sort of organized system in place. They ate on the run and were dependent on what they could catch, hunt, pick, or pilfer. Families along the way were often sympathetic to the cause and would offer what they could.

Either way, if you have an entire army of people who are great at shooting a rabbit but have no idea how to cook it, you can imagine food-borne illness was a serious issue.

The typical daily allotment for a Confederate soldier was twelve ounces of fat-back (cured pork) and a pound of cornmeal (also called Indian meal) or hardtack. In the beginning, sugar, beans and coffee were part of the allotment, but faded out as food supplies dwindled.

Union soldiers received salted pork or beef, coffee, sugar, vinegar, salt, and dried fruits and veggies when they were in season. There were also civilian merchants called sutlers that set up shop in camps and sold canned fruit, sugar, tobacco, and coffee.

Hardtack was a staple on both sides and often was the only thing that stood between a man and starvation, though it hardly qualified as food and had practically no nutritional value other than carbohydrates because it was only flour, salt and water. Both sides also carried a canvas bag with buckles called a haversack that held their food and anything else they needed to survive for a few days on their own.

Finally, Confederate soldiers would often trade tobacco to Union soldiers for coffee beans, though it was done in secret because, obviously, fraternization was frowned upon.

It’s critical to remember here these were brothers fighting brothers. Unlike other wars, these men were still countrymen, though their convictions had brought them to war. Sometimes, men managed to find uneasy peace long enough to help each other. We may yet need to do this again on U.S. soil.

By the end of the war, things were so bad there were food riots in many southern cities because food lines had been severed, personal food sources had been pillaged and/or destroyed, and people were starving. Even rats were fair game.

We need not forget the beginnings or results of a war or awkward incidents on U.S. soil. I’m not saying it could happen again; but what if it did? Would you and your family be ready?

Always Safe, Always Prepared

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Are We There Yet?

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Have you noticed, since the September 11th attacks and particularly in the last two Presidential (s)election cycles, some strange goings-on?

Have you noticed how almost all mainstream media and political figures indict foreign leaders, support questionable foreign non-state actors, or assert “red lines” in foreign affairs, without evidence given or requested?

Or perhaps you’ve observed how political media outlets regularly cover the media industry by addressing transparently partisan and petty criticisms as serious but ignoring or marginalizing substantive criticisms because of “industry realities?”

Have you seen how almost all political figures and media citing public dissatisfaction with vague descriptions of the prevailing order (“establishment,” “business as usual,” “Washington politicians,” “DC polls,”) without investigation of what or who comprises that order?

It feels a lot to me like we are living in an increasingly incompetent deep state.

Are we?

In a simple sense, of course there is a deep state. People in similar work have similar ideas, socialize together, form relationships and have experiences in common. This is especially true if your work includes unique experiences like making decisions that affect the lives of millions of people. There are not many people able to understand what this involves. There will be more cohesion and commonality among those in government than the structure of the formal institutions would suggest.

But the formal institutional structure of the US is extremely robust. It’s almost impossible for a group outside of, or spanning across, the formal institutions to carry out a plan on any scale. There are secrets, and there are conspiracies, but there are just as many forces working to contain them as to carry them through. The US has a very good record, in the end, of bringing secrets to light and dealing with those who conspire against its institutions from within.

Most people simply do not care very much about federal politics, especial foreign policy( discretely controlled by Israel) . To the extent they take any notice, they are overly cynical about the reality and overly optimistic about the scope for change.

Remember, we’re all in this together,

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The Best We Can Do

The Communist Regime in Eastern Europe ended so recently (1989), plenty of us can still remember it, and even know people who lived under communism and survived.

Even though the regime ended in 1989, some things about the hardships of day-to-day life in a communist country are noteworthy and can teach us a lot about survival.

Communications were very bad since there were no mobile phones. If you wanted to talk with someone, you had to go to the post office and use a pay phone as most people didn’t have one in their apartments. The T.V. schedule lasted a couple hours each night and was filled with communist propaganda. Finding out news was a matter or walking to work or around the apartment building talking with people.

Food was scarce, not because the countries didn’t produce it but because the heads of state were obsessed with staying debt free. Things like meat or exotic fruit were rare.

The transportation system was awful. Buses and trains would do the job but they were cold, uncomfortable and ran on a fixed schedule. Trains in would sometimes have 2-3 hours delays and were very unreliable. Very few people had cars. It could take up to 7 years to get one and they broke down often. In an EMP situation, mobility will be reduced unless you have an EMP-proof car, knowledge to fix it, and means to procure gas.

Electricity and running water would stop very often and there was no word as to when it would come back on. To stay warm if there was no heat in the autumn or winter, families would simply wear several layers of clothes. To stay cool during hot summer nights, people would sleep on the floor.

This information proves just how much we can learn from our ancestors.

Just because things seem to be moving in the right direction with all the medical and technological advancements, doesn’t mean they can’t take a turn for the worse.

Our European ancestors fled after some fighting; but for our sakes, they sought this new world- America. We can stand and fight or be refugees to another country. We have some choices- but if you stay and fight, be armed, and be ready; it’s just a matter of time before things go sour in the land of the fee.

The best we can do is focus on our survival, on taking care of our loved ones, and, if need be, to stand and fight for our liberties.

Always Safe, Always Prepared

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***Thanks Frank; good lesson. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

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Red Dawn Scenario

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Successful first wave attacks at different times of history have arrived sometimes disguised as something else (such as a real life “Trojan Horse” from ancient Greek writings) or simply have been a complete surprise to the public (the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941).

What avenues could a “Trojan Horse” strike the U.S. and disguise first wave attacks?

Let’s consider the following;

-Cargo Ships that are carrying surface to air missiles, helicopters, tanks, and even troops.

-Cruise Lines that are also carrying weapons, missiles, and troops.

-Commercial jets flying in to the U.S. from overseas (the plot from the first “Red Dawn” from the early 1980s where a first wave attack was launched by Russia and allies and disguised as inbound commercial jets).

-Foreign Exchange “Students” (some of these foreign exchange students, many who are here from China, may not be here just for a college degree — they may be here awaiting “orders”).

Which brings us to attacks from forces already in the US.
If you’re going to set up a new government once the first government falls, why obliterate standing and operational government buildings when you can simply take them?

With millions of illegal immigrants within our borders, and tens of millions more of “legal” immigrants and non-U.S. citizens, such as international “business owners”, foreign “diplomats” and foreign “exchange students”, it’s not a stretch of the imagination to see a first wave attack including highly trained foreign special forces soldiers and foreign “secret agents” planted here for that purpose.

The international spy game is alive and well and every country has its own form of CIA, MI6, and KGB (now called the FSB), and it may not be that difficult to plant foreign agents at various levels of government and even within the U.S. military.

My bet is any scheme for an attack and takeover of the U.S. will include widespread distribution of foreign agents (China-Russia,possibly also Mexican) within U.S. borders, which has probably already taken place. And the more years that pass, the more likely these agents can get deeply entrenched into U.S. life, businesses, government, and military.

Finally, many of these foreign agents may be currently turning real U.S. citizens into “double agents” (by lies, money, or by coercion) who turn on their homeland to support a new government and new rule of law- true regime change; is it coming the America?

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Insights After the Ukraine War

The war in Ukraine is a tragic event but it’s one we can all learn from. Nothing provides as much valuable information as real world situations where ordinary people are forced to deal with extraordinary events. At the end of the day, the war in Ukraine gives us plenty of examples of what works and what doesn’t, and while personal experience is important, the wise person learns from other people’s mistakes so as not to repeat them himself.

What can we learn from these civilians living in war zones?

Maybe the most obvious lesson to be learned is there’s simply no surviving against an occupation force when facing them as an individual or small group.

Houses, towns and even entire cities can eventually get surrounded and overpowered given greater tech, weapons and a people that lack skills and faith to overcome.

A single house or compound represents a laughable resistance to organized armed forces, let alone ones with artillery and air support at their disposal. Once shooting at your position is no longer fun, they’ll just blow you up. It’s as simple as that.

Artillery and infantry beat survivalist hero fantasies. Every. Single. Time. Last resort: Escape with your life, cut your losses and move to “per se” higher ground; live to fight another day scenario.

In various parts of eastern Ukraine, people are suffering- the lack of water, electricity and food shortages. The lesson is, prepare to always cover the basics, food, water, shelter and medicines; if not for yourself, for others. There will always be people who walk in less degrees of faith and supplies than yourself.

You need to store food (somewhere), food requiring no refrigeration and little or no cooking. You need water, not just a water filter (which you should have as well) but actual jugs of water.

For true emergencies and survival situations, just like you can’t have too much food you can’t have too much water. Have a well, have a river, if nothing else keep an eye out for large barrels on sale and keep some full of water. Even the jugs for carrying water become valuable.

Have a good supply of medicines: ibuprofen, vomit and diarrhea medicine, liquid ibuprofen for children, bandages, diapers, formula, antibiotics and anointing oil (see Mk 16:18 w/Jas 5:14 if you can believe!). Antibiotics are the difference between life and death when you need them.

Have lanterns, flashlights and lots of batteries. Get an emergency crank radio. Cell phones can be tracked, so ditch the phone when you can. Have alternative means of cooking and heating. A wood burning stove may do the trick, but make sure you always keep extra wood stored for emergencies.

Maybe you’re lucky enough to still have power, if so an electric burner can be put to good use then, saving other fuels for when power goes out. Have extra fuel in storage for your vehicle, enough to make it to your potential bug out location in case you need to leave in a hurry. Have a tent and sleeping bags. These can be used not only for sleeping in tents, but also if you happen to find yourself in a refugee camp (not FEMA camps- we want to avoid those places) during winter or in an unfurnished flat after evacuation or if you’re staying with friends or family.

In a shelled city, underground is the only safe place to be, to some extent at least. An actual bunker would be ideal, but people try finding shelter anywhere underground. In buildings, windows and doors are covered with sandbags and people sleep in the interior room away from exterior walls and windows. Windows never survive shelling. The broken glass makes it impossible to stay warm in winter. Plastic sheeting can sometimes be used to close openings and still allow light in, but this is far from an ideal solution and the loss of heat is substantial.

Another hard lesson is don’t get involved. From a survival perspective, the best way to go about conflicts which can develop into violent clashes is to not get involved in the first place. Avoid going to protests and marches; they have NEVER produced any results (worth mentioning).

This is especially true in cases such as the one of Ukraine, where people are seen on one side or the other during protests and clashes, often filmed.

Something as simple as a rival remembering your face from the rallies can land you in jail or worse. In this kind of situation, it’s even neighbors, former friends and coworkers that may remember your political affiliation. They may end up mentioning your name to the new authorities and they will come after you.

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